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Tuesday 6 June 2023

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - MIKE FISHER

Mike Fisher is the landlord of the 'Nag's Head' in Peckham. This is the pub in so many memorable scenes from Only Fools and Horses.
Every time Zelda goes into a pub of that name, she thinks of Rodney falling through the bar. 
Mike was played by Kenneth MacDonald and is part of a long list of pub landlords from the golden age of the TV sitcom. In the below episode, he is keen to promote his pub food. The Mushroom and Tarragon Pie is a current pub classic which Zelda has recreated for him.


1tbsp olive oil
20g butter
1 large onion, chopped
1tsp chopped garlic
150g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
150ml vegetarian gravy (easy to make with 1tsp Bisto)
1tbsp crème fraiche
1½ tsp chopped tarragon
1½tsp chopped parsley
½ sheet pre-rolled puff pastry
1 egg, beaten

Serves 2

Heat the oil and butter in a pan and cook the onion for a few minutes. Then add the garlic and the mushrooms.
Cook through so that the mushrooms have softened.
Pour in the gravy and allow to reduce.
Let this cool a little and then add the crème fraiche and the herbs.
Place in the pie dish and top with the pastry and crimp.
Glaze with the beaten egg and cook at Gas 6/ 200˚C for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden.

Lovely jubbly!
Great served with Air Fryer Chips and Baked Beans 

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