Chicken pie is really the ultimate of winter comfort food, with crispy golden pastry covering tender chunks of chicken and mushrooms. This dish is quick and easy to whip up, using a pre-cooked chicken, so it’s a great dish for weeknights when timing is a bit tight. Full of flavour, we’re pretty sure there’ll be no leftovers!

See this recipe on page 8.

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Judy McAuliffe is a writer, and publisher Essence Mid Canterbury. Her experience in media is extensive and includes approximately 15 years as Creative Director for The Radio Network, writing, and managing the writing of radio advertising, mainly in Invercargill and Greymouth. In the late 1990’s she transferred to Christchurch, moving into an Account Management role with 91ZM. In 2007 she and a business partner set up Essence Mid Canterbury, very quickly adapting her radio-writing skills to print media. Judy became sole owner of Essence Mid Canterbury in June 2014. Judy is a ‘people person’ and has found her niche writing feature stories about the community she lives in and the people who live there. She is also available for freelance writing assignments.