Foodie Friday: Chicken & Pesto Pasties

chicken-pesto-pasties(Serves 4)

1 pack ready rolled puff pastry
4 tsp green pesto
200g leftover roast chicken, shredded
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 medium egg, beaten
300g new potatoes
200g broccoli

1. Preheat oven at 220C, fan 200C, gas 7. Cut the puff pastry into 4 rectangles.
2. Spread each rectangle with 1 tsp pesto and place some chicken and tomato in the centre. Fold over to enclose the filling and crimp with a fork to seal. Brush the tops with beaten egg and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden.
3. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling water and steam the broccoli on top. Drain and serve with the pasties.

Solved! The Elusive Case of Mr Ludford and His Music Manuscripts

The musical mystery of Nicholas Ludford, the composer of five centuries ago, has just been solved. As The Cardinall’s Musick bring out his complete works, Rob Ainsley tells the story of the case.

A few years ago, at New College, Oxford, builders found a piece of paper used long ago to cover a crack in the wall. It was a fragment of a four hundred-year-old musical manuscript. Such a fate, sadly, was common for most of England’s great religious music after Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in the late 1530s. Priceless music books were torn up and used as account rolls, as book binding, even to wrap fish.

Only two choirbooks from Henry’s reign survived intact. The so-called Caius and Lambeth Choirbooks (respectively now in Cambridge and London) have been a tantalising puzzle for music researchers for several decades. The size and weight of paving slabs, they contained wonderful vocal music in gloriously illuminated manuscripts, both written in the same hand. Most of the music was by two composers but the bare surnames were the only information given. Who were ‘Ludford’ and ‘Fayrfax’? How had the books survived? And what did the music sound like?

They would have remained just another footnote in musical history had it not been for David Skinner, an Oxford academic and co-director, with Andrew Carwood, of the early music group The Cardinall’s Musick. We now know the story of the books and more on the life of the composers. Best of all, we can hear the music from the Caius and Lambeth choirbooks on disc.

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Storytime: Bunny Loves to Write

bunny-writeYear: 2014
Author: Peter Bently
Illustrator: Emma Foster & Deborah Melmon

One day, Buster was going out to play.

‘Always carrying a book!’ chuckled Mum. ‘What is it this time, Buster? An adventure? A ghost story?’

‘It’s not a storybook,’ smiled Buster. ‘It’s a notebook. My teacher wants everyone in the class to make up a story.’

‘That sounds fun,’ said Mum. ‘What will you write?’

‘I don’t know,’ said Buster. ‘I can’t think of anything!’

‘Oh, you’ll soon have lots of ideas,’ said Mum. ‘But write them down at once or you’ll forget them!’

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Music Monday: The return of the haunted house kids

Despite their being around for a decade now, I still think of New Years Day as ‘kids’. Must be the pop punk horror goofiness. Their new album, Malevolence, is anything but goofy, though. It’s brilliant, actually; I listened to it a lot over the weekend and will keep doing so. What better way to usher in the month of Halloween?

Month at a Glance

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