British Pie Week 2023
9th March 2023
9th March 2023
It’s British Pie Week, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the joy that is pie! We are a nation of pie lovers, with research showing that 75% of us enjoy one at least once a month.
Pie is an ancient dish originally conceived by the Romans. The first example of a meat-filling enclosed in pastry, can be tracked back to ancient Rome. Fruit pies first appeared in the 1500s, but the history books cherry pie show that the first cherry pie was served up to Queen Elizabeth I in the late 16th Century.
In Medieval times, chefs often competed with one another to create the most ‘entertaining’ of pies; some saw birds emerging out of the pastry and there were even rumours of dwarves jumping out during large feasting events!
Mince pies were banned in the 17th Century by Oliver Cromwell who saw them as a sign of gluttony. The ban didn’t last long, however, and people could once again enjoy these tasty treats.
Pies have proven to be popular in nursery rhymes. Four and twenty blackbirds were baked in a pie in “Sing a Song of Sixpence”, Little Jack Horner put his thumb into a pie and Simple Simon met a pieman in the popular children’s rhyme.
With snow forecast this week, it’s the perfect time to get comfy at home and eat some wholesome and tasty food. With this in mind, and to celebrate British Pie Week, why not make this great recipe for Chicken Pie?
1 packet of ready rolled puff pastry
Half a cooked chicken
1 leek (chopped)
½ packet of smoked bacon cut into small pieces
¾ oz mushrooms (sliced)
1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 1 cup of water
½ cup milk
1 oz plain flour
½ oz butter and a little vegetable oil
There are several places at The Pantiles that can help you create the perfect pie this British Pie Week, including:
Recently reopened, Oliver Greens is your go-to local produce store offering a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, local cheese and chutneys, a selection of meats and fresh flowers. Since reopening, they now have an alcohol offering too.
Opening the year that Jamie Oliver was born, Trevor Mottram has been a name at the heart of The Pantiles for over forty years. Stocking everything a kitchen and cook could need, including whisks, mixing bowls, pans and cutlery, they’re your one-stop-shop for pie-making essentials this British Pie Week.