Monday, 14 December 2020

Butter Pie

 Paul Richardson’s Butter Pie - simple and delicious

Thanks to days of research and years of eating, I have come up with a world-class butter pie. I am confident that this pie is better than any I've had before.

I take inspiration from the Hairy Bikers, and my grandmother, Dorothy Earnshaw, whose meat and potato pies were unbeatable. Thank you, Nan.

Pastry can go wrong so I recommend a few small trial runs of your ideal pastry from mixing, to rolling and baking. These small scale, trial runs, will perfect your pastry.

Also, there is a variety of potatoes and flours to choose from. The choice is yours and it is fun to try a few out. A blend of different potatoes might be an option, and leaving the skin on may add fibre and flavour, although some people may not like the skin bits inside! Quantities of onion, cheese, butter are all to your taste.

This is not 100% a healthy meal, given the amount of calories from carbs it contains. However, the use of healthier margarines may add useful fatty acids, leaving the skin on the potatoes, using more onions, and adding plenty of iron-rich herbs, or the odd pea, may add some important nutrients. Allergies may necessitate gluten-free ingredients.

Cheese isn’t strictly in the original so it is optional. However, potato pie is what cheddar cheese was made for. It contains useful calcium and proteins, and tastes sublime. This pie is best eaten after a bout of gardening, a long walk in cold weather or after a moderate-to-heavy session of love-making. It restores missing energy and inspires the soul. Put some music on if you like, and tuck in.

Add pickles, gravy and brown sauce but the pie is tasty enough as it comes.






Whisked Egg


Pie Filling




Mature Cheddar Cheese

Prepare pastry : 

Use a ratio of 2:1 Flour to Fat : E.g. 300g flour + 150g fat

Add flour, fat and salt to a bowl. Mix with fingers or blitz in a machine. Form a sandy mix.

Add small drops of water and mix or blitz. The sandy mix turns into a ball of pastry. If it doesn’t form, add a few drops of water at a time.

Wrap the ball in cling film and put in the fridge.

Potatoes and onions

Slice potatoes thinly and boilin salted water for 10 minutes or until the slices are soft but not falling to bits.

Drain the potatoes and return to the warm pan and gently heat to dry them off.

Sweat a chopped onion in plenty of salted butter until soft and sweet

Add the sweated onions to the potatoes.

Add salt and pepper and any herbs you like, and mix them together.

Preparing the pie

Turn on the oven to about 160-180 C

Dust flour in your pie tin or dish.


Roll pastry out on flour, fairly thinly to size of your pie tin.

Place the rolled pastry onto pie tin and press down gently into the sides.

Prick the flat area of the pie base with a fork a few times.


Roll another piece of pastry to form the lid, exactly the same thickness as the base.

Fill the pie base pastry with the potato and onion mix.

Melt some butter and pour over the top of this filling.

Grate some cheddar cheese on top of the filling

Add the pie lid and press down at the sides to seal the pie.

Prick the top of the pie with a fork.

Brush whisked egg-wash over the pie lid.

Put the pie in the oven for 20 minutes. 160-180 C.

After 20 minutes, check the pie, it should be golden brown on top. Leave it in for longer if it needs it.

When eating, it is so delicious you will want to smash into it immediately. Be careful not to burn your tongue. Take you time, savour it.

Enjoy the best pie you have ever eaten!

Friday, 23 October 2020

Remote Personal Training from PWR PT


Call Paul to make a start!

Coaching, monitoring, support and encouragement to help you get yourself into optimum shape and wellness.

Following an intensive consultation and programme planning stage, all done online or by phone or Zoom etc., you will be guided with bespoke advice on diet and exercise, and embark on a training plan designed to suit your ability and your state of health, in your environment, locality and with your equipment.

  • Easy-to-follow, suited-to-you, guidance that makes sense and gets results.
  • Set exercise targets and report all your workouts to your PT. Prepare to be judged! 
  • Encouragement all the way through as you see your fitness and energy improve.


Three Steps to your 28-day Wellness Launch

  • Decide what you want to achieve
  • Get in touch with Paul and discuss your target
  • Decide when you want to start
You will get:
  • 1x Online consultation and set up your 28-day plan of action;
  • 1x Diet diary analysis and bespoke diet overhaul
  • Monitoring and recording of your workouts and progress.
  • Encouragement and feedback
  • Questions answered
Fee - before the end of October 2020 : £60

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Lockdown fit Workouts x3

Here are 3 workouts of different intensity.
I have called them EasyBeginners Beware and Downright Nasty.
they are low-impact exercises to minimise risks to the spine and reduce injury risk - (that means no jumping about).
Enjoy and let me know your times.
Beginners Beware!
Downright Nasty

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Low Impact Workouts - 20 minutes

United Kingdom Lockdown Workouts
Try it, time it. Beat it.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

PWR Lockdown Workout

United Kingdom Lockdown Workout
Try it, time it. Beat it.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Kettlebell workout PWR PT

Presenting a quick half-hour kettlebell workout for you that works most muscles in the body to tone up and feel strong and stress free.

What? You don't own a kettlebell? Madness. Use a dumbell. What, you don't own a dumbell? Crazy. Er, use a 1-litre bottle.of water.

Perform 4 rounds of 10 of these 3 simple exercises
Take as little rest as you can manage, but do take rest when needed. Stop if you feel dizzy or if in pain or if your knee cap pops out. This is all at your own risk, 

So take it easy!

  • Drink water.
  • Put some music on.
  • Try to keep your buttocks squeezed where possible.
  • Keep the shoulder blades pulled down and together.
  • Keep the knees slightly soft or not-quite-straightened.
  • Keep your belly button squeezed up and inwards.
  • 30 minutes approx.
Let me know how long 4 rounds took you?

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Isolation Workout

Food on a budget


Nutritious, cheap, available, crunchy, tasty and versatile.

Carrots are readily available in the stores and a hugely nutritious and versatile ingredient for many different dishes.

The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.
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Some recipes include:

Carrot sticks and a houmous dip.
Grated carrot and raisin salad.
As part of a mixed salad.

As part of a casserole.

Plenty more exist either as a main meal, a side dish or as a snack. Check out some more here:

Friday, 28 February 2020

March 2020 Weight Loss Shred

Its time to start shredding.
Coming soon to this blog.

Lose fat, lose inches, feel and look healthy.

Coming soon...

Home workout during the winter storms

Toning and fat burning workout.

Put some music on, try to complete this in under 40 minutes.

For assistance and guidance, call PWR Personal Training.