Hurray! National Pie Week!

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Pork pies at Borough Market - a gift for any food lover

Does a week get any better than National Pie Week? I’ve mentioned many times I’m sure that this is a pie household, what with MGG and her chicken pies, not to mention sampling the best that living near Melton Mowbray has to offer. And since the arrival of Kevin the Kenwood Chef, then there’s been a whole heap more pastry making going on here too.

But if we had to choose our pick of the pies, these are the ones that get our votes:

* My choice is likely to get me ex-communicated around here, but mine goes to Bray’s Cottage. Best pastry, best choice of fillings, and definitely more than just a traditional pork pie. I really love them because there’s no jelly in them (not my thing at all) and I really love the addition of onion marmalade into one of the variants. If I ever ran a deli, I’d stock these, even round here. Sadly, it takes either a delivery or a trip to Norfolk to get them at the moment. A good price to pay!

* MGG has loved chicken pie for as long as I can remember, pretty much always being the answer to the question “what would you like to eat?” Now, what she really likes is a homemade pie with a creamy sauce and bacon, or possibly a M&S one with gravy (she’s a deprived child, she loves gravy and rarely gets it here). But she always looks incredibly happy to open the fridge and find a Pieminister Chicken of Aragon Pie sat in there. Not that it will be sat in there for long. Easier to get hold of these days, but still holding onto the quality, which is great news.

* There is only one pie where a few family members are concerned, and that’s a pork pie from Mrs King’s. Made not very far from us here at Tarver Towers, this is the biggest perk for them of my move here into the Midlands. You don’t have to go that far, as you’ll find them at Borough Market or could order them online from Forman & Field.

So, three choices from three pie lovers during this week to celebrate the great British love affair with pies. What would you choose? And is there a better comfort food?

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Bring on the pies!

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Celebrating British Pie Week - love our pies

Tomorrow sees the start of British Pie Week, which has to be one of my favourite weeks of the year. I know it’s sponsored by Jus Rol, but I have to admit to quite often resorting to a pack of their pastry. Whilst it’s really geared to the pub trade, I think it provides a great excuse to get out and indulge in great pies of the UK. Here’s a few thoughts:

*I’ve written loads about pork pies, and there are only three choices for me: Mrs King’s, Brockelbys and Brays Cottage.

* For tasty pies for dinner, then try Simple Simon’s Pies from Scotland. Starting out with the best local Aberdeen Angus, they now offer flavours such as chorizo sausage with black eyed beans and goats cheese or a Breakfast Pie. These are puff pastry pies, which I do love, even with all the flaky messiness!

* No need anymore to miss out if you’re the sensitive type, as The Gluten Free Kitchen can offer you up a couple of decent pie options. There are pork pies for picnics, or minced beef and onions for dinner time. These are gluten and wheat free, but not taste free!

* MGGs favourite pie is chicken (unless it’s a pork pie day) and I think she’d be quite impressed with the free range chicken pie from Lodge Farm Kitchen. Smooth and creamy sauce wraps up chunks of free range chicken topped off with crisp puff pastry. Seems to be a good sustainable business model as well, with on site wormeries, compost bins, and reusable packaging.

* If you’re going to go down the homemade route, then you’ll be wanting a good pie dish. I love the good old-fashioned enamel ones that Lakeland have, they remind me of my grandma’s.

* Need some inspiration on what pie to cook? Then my recommendation would be Pie by Angela Boggiano. From sweet pies to special occasion pies, there is a pie for every occasion in here.

Go on, treat yourself to a pie this week! Perfect for if the weather is going to turn colder, nothing better!

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