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?