Category Archives: Pastry

The Evolution Of Pie . . .

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of Rye, Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie, When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing, Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before a King? During my … Continue reading

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Steak & Kidney Pie

With next week being National Pie Week I have pulled together a couple of traditional British Pies from the archives. I believe this particular recipe to be one of my Grandmothers, though I’m unsure by who or when it may … Continue reading

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Some 60’s Party Ideas . . .

Continuing the party theme from my last post, this one is from a magazine supplement from the early sixties. A far more innocent era: with a horrendous war fading from immediate memory and a time of great change. A time … Continue reading

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The Mince Pie

Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits and spices, and sometimes beef suet, beef, or venison. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat. English recipes from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries describe a mixture of meat and fruit … Continue reading

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Get Off Your Horse And Drink Your Milk!

Did You Know . . . St. Brigid is the patron saint of dairymaids. The English word ‘dairy’ was originally dey-ery where dey, in Middle English meant a woman servant. Fresh milk and butter were not very popular in either Rome or … Continue reading

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Rabbit & Ham Pie

Bearing in mind that this is National Pie Week, here is a recipe for rabbit pie from the 1930’s. The eating of rabbit would have been far more common then and the ongoing improvement in the regulation of oven temperatures … Continue reading

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