A few good months ago, I entered a local cooking competition in South Wales - Newport's Best Dish based on the cookery show Britain's Best Dish. Newport (known in welsh as Casnewydd) Best Dish is in its second year. I am not one for competitions and especially not those where I am placed in the limelight. So my reasoning for entering was two-fold. One to experience what it was like to cook under pressure, and to a strict deadline; and two, to use the competition as means to promote the cafeteria when it officially opened early this month. But the fact is there has hardly been any promotion of the competition and its outcome by the organisers or the local council on its web pages of the winner or the runners up. To add to this very little if any interest has been shown by the local media of the competition. Never mind.
Anyway, the dish I decided to enter was deliberately chosen to highlight my Welsh heritage and my return to home - Wales - my Caerphilly Cheese, Leek and Potato Pie. My dish came runner up, third in fact - not bad for a vegetarian dish I think.
I also entered this pie into lovethegarden in March where the theme was to cook with leeks. The competition was judged by Kerstin Rodgers also known as Ms Marmite from The Secret Garden Club. I was fortunate to come runner up and win my very own copy of her cookbook: Supper Club - see here.
Since opening the cafe these individual pies have been made every week. They have been popular with customers - to eat in warm or take out. The recipe can be found here. I do sometimes glaze these Caerphilly Cheese, Leek and Potato Pie with egg wash.