Having made egg and bacon pies and pasties over the past few weeks I still have a couple of sheets of pastry left in the freezer to use up.  Might make these to have with Australia Day drinks, but I think I’ll add a little bit of Swiss cheese for extra flavour.



I think you’re supposed to make these for kids parties, but with a bit of luck there’s some left over for the adults.  They’re best using cocktail frankfurts, but you can use chipolata sausages if you prefer.



All I’ve ever known about Eccles cakes is that they are English.  So when I found this recipe I thought I’d better find out a bit more about them.  Good old Wikipedia tells me that ‘Eccles cakes are named after the English town of Eccles. It is not known who invented the recipe, but James Birch is credited with being the first person to sell Eccles cakes commercially, from his shop in the town centre in 1793″.  Any fans of the 1950s Goon Show will also know that Eccles was a character played by Spike Milligan – an amiable, well-meaning man with no wits or understanding, in other words a bit of an idiot.  So the humble Eccles Cake has quite a history.