Pea and ham soup, cheese and onion pie and Manchester Tart mmmmmmmm you can almost see the Bisto kids coming into view! Does that sound like a three course meal from your childhood? Whether you enjoyed these meals as a child or not, everyone can imagine a time when dinners were as comforting as these regional dishes. Now they have been collected together in a new cookbook.
Aptly titled Manchester Tart and other favourites, the cookbook is the result of a community project which drew on the experienced older cooks of Miles Platting, Collyhurst and Ancoats.
It was the brainchild of Fiona Vincent, co-ordinator of the Zest healthy living project in the area.
She told me why the book had been created; “I wanted to do something in the area to celebrate it and also to get people interested in cooking and talking about cooking and healthy eating.
“The reaction has been really positive. Local people and a lot of older people are enjoying the recipes and remembering things they used to eat.”
The cookbook is a unique collection of individual recipes which just goes to show the fantastic repository of experience and knowledge held in our communities.
From Margaret’s scones to Tina’s Irish stew, every recipe has been tried and tested on countless family members and would make a valuable addition to any cook’s collection.
Try out the Manchester Tart recipe here.
Manchester Tart and Other Favourites: Recipes from Miles Platting, Collyhurst and Ancoats is part of a community project run by Zest, Manchester Council, and the North Manchester Primary Care Trust. It is available for £6.99 from the Cornerhouse, Urbis or by calling Fiona on 0161 277 8816.