The Life of Pie
Did you know it’s British Pie Week this week? It’s the ultimate in comfort food, so we’re not surprised there is a whole week dedicated to celebrating all things pie. In honour of one of our favourite foods, and a popular wedding menu or evening food option, we thought we would bring you some interesting facts you may not already know.
1. In the 12th Century, the most common pie filling was fowl, and it was cooked so that the legs were sticking out and could be used as handles! Swiftly moving forward to the 16th Century, and it was very popular for Gentry to put live animals into pies, creating a surprise element for guests when the pie was cut open and the beasts would jump out. Pies would include all manner of creatures, including foxes, squirrels and even ‘four and twenty blackbirds’.
2. The Guinness World Record for the most expensive pie ever sold was awarded to The Fence Gate Inn in Lancashire who, in 2005, sold a pie for £8195 which effectively cost the 8 people who ate it, £1024 a slice. Beats the local bakery at lunch time eh? It’s ingredients included Japanese Wagyu Beef fillet, Chinese Matsutake Mushrooms, Winter Black truffles, French Bluefoot Mushrooms and gravy made from two bottles of vintage 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild wine, topped with edible gold leaf.
3. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, pie has ten different meanings – five as nouns, four as verbs and one as an adjective.
4. 36 million Americans say apple pie is their favourite (American Pie Council 2013)
5. Shakespeare went a little Sweeney Todd at one point and killed off two characters by cutting them up and putting them into a pie. We prefer a nice Steak Pie or at least a good Chicken & Mushroom ourselves!
However you have your pie this week, we hope you enjoy it!
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