Cheese-y way to a tasty pie

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Goat’s cheese may be an acquired taste – but one Sheffield chef is suggesting using it for the Great Pie and Peas Up.

Russell Cairnes, head chef at the Devonshire Arms, Middle Handley, on the outskirts of Sheffield, has devised an easy-to-make goat’s cheese, potato and onion pie as the next recipe for The Star’s campaign in aid of the city’s St Luke’s Hospice.

Russell Cairnes

Russell Cairnes

The appeal is taking place for the second year running to fund a new inpatient unit at the hospice in Whirlow – and we have pledged to raise £100,000 to pay for one of 14 single rooms.

Patients have already moved into the unit, but hundreds of thousands of pounds are still needed to pay for the £5 million transformation.

Last year Star readers’ pie and pea suppers collected about £40,000 – and this year organisers want to beat that total.

Meals can be hosted in homes, workplaces or community centres, and once fundraisers have registered they will be sent a pack with invitations, a poster and ‘quiz question’ place mats.

Suppers can be held any time in March – designated as Great Pie and Peas Up month.

Una Moran, the hospice’s fundraising manager, said: “This is a marvellous way of having fun and supporting an important cause all at the same time.

“And it is a fantastic and sociable way of getting together with friends.”

n To register visit or call 0114 235 7600.

n See The Star tomorrow for the final recipe, from St Luke’s own Nick Wilkes.