Wednesday, 4 March 2015

British Pie Week 2015 - Day Three

Another day, another day of attempting to eat just pies this British Pie Week! The Pierateers ate 15 pies on Day One and another 13 and a half on Day Two! Grab a pie, make a pie, tweet your #PiePledge.

As for the Pierateers, Pierateers RAS and SJL are competing in the #Pieathon challenge where they both see how long they can last eating only pie! Pierateer RAS will be also be attempting the 50:50 pie challenge over the whole week!

Whatever you do, go crazy for pie this British Pie Week! Enjoy!

British Pie Week 2015

This page will be updated with the pies we Pierateers eat and any other pie news throughout the day. Check back each day for daily updates this British Pie Week!

If you wish to support us - and more importantly all those who benefit from the charity Action Against Hunger - this week in our Pie Challenges, then please join us in donating to the charity via our justgiving page. Thanks so much!


Pierateer RAS

Pierateer RAS had the morning off on day three of British Pie Week, in part to catch up on some pie reviews! You could tell on day three of his #Pieathon challenge, seeing how long he could just eat pies for, that his enthusiasm for just pies was waning. The standard breakfast of two Mr Kipling Apple Pies had reduced to just one apple pie today, but yesterday's pie delivery from top pie makers Nice Pie meant he was well equipped for lunch!

For lunch Pierateer RAS would be eating two more Nice Pies, following the first two being reviewed this morning. The Red Stag Pie and Cow Pie had already been eaten last night - one of which was Pierate Highly Recommended! You can see how all their previous pies rate in our last Nice Pie review.

The first Nice Pie eaten for lunch was their "Road Kill" pie - complete with tyre-track ingrained top pastry! Containing pheasant, rabbit, venison and partridge, it certainly does encompass a lot of the game meats you would enjoy out in the countryside - though I do hope they weren't actually taken from the side of the road!!! I also had another of their steak pies.

The day also contained two more pie deliveries - the first coming from Pieminister. The Bristol-based pie chain have really upped the quality of pie provision in the UK - both from a market stall perspective and now sold in many pubs and shops across the country. This British Pie Week they had the idea to hold a Pie Election to determine which of their previous pies (no longer on sale) should be brought back for the week. Many votes were cast and the top three pies were:

1) Minty Lamb
2) Thai Chook
3) Arriba Banditos

These are available in many Pieminister-selling pubs and restaurants and market stalls for British Pie Week only, so get on down and reminisce about the good old times with these pies! We'll be rating them this week to add to our Pieminister Pie Reviews page!

Later in the day I had a quite amazing delivery from Toppings Pies too. The box weighed 6kg and I could see why once I delved in and found there were no less than 25 pies, quiches and pasties! Yes - I did say quiches and pasties - not sure why they were included in the delivery, as we of course only rate pies on www.pierate.co.uk! But that will keep my housemates entertained while I focus on the vast array of pork pies and meat pies provided!

During the afternoon I had a Stilton Topped Pork Pie from Toppings pies to get the ball rolling with these and sampled half a Cranberry Topped Pork Pie later that night. In between I had a chicken and mushroom pie at the Barclaycard Arena, where I am volunteering this week at the Badminton Championships. It certainly wasn't a proper pie by our definitions, but I will review that one soon to lift the lid on it!

Another day of just eating pies complete, though I was waning towards the end of the day...

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Pierateer SJL 

Pierateer SJL and ALE had stocked up on pies for British Pie Week, see photo below. Pierateer SJL is attempting the #Pieathon PiePledge, how long can he last eating ONLY PIE?

British Pie Week Pies
British Pie Week Pies
Day Three found Pierateer SJL a bit... hungry. He took the remaining 4 Mr Kipling Apple and Blackcurrant pies to work along with a £1 pack of 4 'Vale of Mowbray' Pork Pies. The tactic of alternating between them worked okay, but SJL did start to feel a bit odd during the day. This is to be expected from the #Pieathon but he did start to question whether there could be health impacts soon. Whether he is just odd or it was the effect of two and half days of solid pies is uncertain. However, the pork pies were pretty tiny and the Mr Kipling pies were not very well filled at all. Soon all 8 of these pies were finished with no more available until the evening. Tummy rubbles could be heard across the office.

The evening saw SJL finally polish off the Peter's Roast Chicken pie. This performed well and was, surprisingly, a pie that SJL had not tried before. To bring the Pie count up to 11 SJL again develed into the box of Iceland Party pies. By Day Three these had become like a guest at a party who just doesn't know when they have outstayed their welcome. Starting to really dislike the pastry of these pies, SJL wondered whether it was too late to revise his review?

Pie News

It was great to hear how successful the Pork Pie Off at Princess Victoria Pub was on Monday night, raising over £1,000 for charity Action Against Hunger! (Find out more and give to the charity here.)

Monday night saw Princess Victoria pub and dining room in Shepherd’s Bush welcome a wealth of talented chefs to host the Great British Pork Pie Off competition in celebration of British Pie Week. Newman Street Tavern’s Peter Weeden and his Tamworth pork pie, The Coffin, took home the judge's trophy and his winning pork pie will be sold from Selfridges’ Food Hall in central London this weekend.

Alongside the judges, 60 tickets were sold to the general public – all sales donated to the charity – to see and sample pork pies from some of London’s best chefs. The public rated the pie entries and voted their favourite: the Princess Victoria’s own Matt Reuther and his individual pork, leek and bacon cold-raised pies. Well done to all involved and who supported the event!


See what the Pierateers have been up to this British Pie Week in our daily Pie Diary articles (Updated throughout the week, so do check back!):


Day One – Monday 2nd March 2015
Day Two – Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Day Three – Wednesday 4th March 2015
Day Four - Thursday 5th March 2015
Day Five - Friday 6th March 2015
Day Six - Saturday 7th March 2015
Day Seven - Sunday 8th March 2015


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British Pie Week Stag and Cow Nice Pies

Nice Pie Red Stag and Cow Pie Reviews


After their TV appearance on Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast on Channel 4 recently, where they focused on their Wild Squirrel pie (which we went nuts for when we rated it back in January 2014) we couldn’t resist trying a few more Nice Pies this British Pie Week, with these two eaten on Day Two!

As part of our “How long can we just eat pie for?” Pieathon challenge we thought we’d benefit from a range of their smaller pies, which coming in at £3.50 is pretty reasonable for a hefty, meat filled pie packed with delicious filling and cooked in their lovely butter shortcrust pastry. As I’ve mentioned before many a time with these Nice Pies (for which you can see a full list of all the previous Nice Pies we've rated here), it is amazing how they hold together so well despite being so filled with content. The nature of the pastry means it can be a little crumbly in places but in general it is very nice and lovely and golden once cooked.

Nice Pie Red Stag Pie Review
Nice Pie Red Stag Pie Review

The Red Stag Pie was, as is a feature in all the Nice Pie range, once again full of succulent and tender meat. It’s quite incredible the meat capacity in these pies, with 70% venison making it one of the most meat-filled game pies we’ve had. The gravy was near perfect consistency, with a lovely moisture yet not too runny – perfect so you could pick the pie up in your hand and enjoy it! The flavours worked really well together and the pastry was crisp and golden, holding together well in spite of all the meat weighing this pie down! The pastry was in general very good, with a crisp outer crimping and a softer but tasty side and base pastry.

My only minor criticism was I felt there was a tad too much onion for me, but the great volume of meat and well-cooked carrot made it one of my most enjoyable Nice Pies in terms of content and a top-rated venison pie I’d happily eat time and time again!

Nice Pie Red Stag Pie
Score: 6.16/7
[Colour 5.75/7; Consistency 6.5/7; Cheapness 5.75/7; Chewiness 6/7; Condition 6/7; Content 6.6/7; Capacity 6.5/7; Total: 6.16/7]



British Pie Week 2015
We celebrated British Pie Week 2015 with some Nice Pies!

Nice Pie Cow Pie Review
Nice Pie Cow Pie Review
The Cow Pie was again noted for its very good filling:pastry ratio. The meat was so lovely and tender – a real delight. Once again packed in at 70%, there was no missing the meatilicous content of this pie! The beef was quite flavoured with peppercorns though, which for me was slightly over powering for a pie not sold specifically as a peppered steak pie (which is also available in their range).

The consistency of the gravy was also runnier in the cow pie than the venison pie and the flavour didn’t excite me quite as much. However these are minor comments and while not quite reaching the stag pie’s status, is still Pierate Recommended.

Nice Pie Cow Pie
Score: 5.68/7
[Colour 5.75/7; Consistency 5/7; Cheapness 5.5/7; Chewiness 6/7; Condition 5.75/7; Content 5.5/7; Capacity 6.25/7; Total: 5.68/7]




Once again Nice Pie have done us proud, producing more Pierate Recommended pies (including the Highly Recommended Stag Pie!) – and while it’s hard to resist the amazing range of exotic pies Nice Pie do, you would certainly be missing out if you didn’t tuck into a more traditional pie flavour from their range when given the chance!

RAS


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Pie-athon Challenge - Who Can Eat All Pies?


You will have probably noticed that we are encouraging people to take up a #PiePledge this British Pie Week and we are certainly not shirking away from making #PiePledges of our own.


This year Pierateers RAS and SJL have committed to the Pie-athon #PiePledge. The idea is simple, it is a com-pie-tition to see who can eat ONLY PIES for the longest. How long will it be before the temptation of another food becomes too much?

Follow us via the hashtag #Pieathon to get the latest updates. See our blog updates so far from Day OneDay Two and Day Three as we get to grips with the challenge!


Pierateer RAS lasted 3 days and 14 hours (86 hours) in total before the craving for some spiral fries to accompany yet another pork pie became too much on Thursday lunchtime!

Pierateer SJL lasted 3 days and 12.5 hours (84.5 hours). Pierateer SJL had eaten 32 pies but started to feel a bit funny at lunch time on Thursday so threw in the towel with a sandwich.

Congratulations to Pierateer RAS in what turned out to be a close contest!

If you have been entertained or impressed by our ridiculous antics then please support us by donating a bit of cash to Action Against Hunger by clicking here, who seem like a worthy charity to remember this British Pie Week. Square Pie are also raising money for Action Against Hunger, alongside the Princess Victoria Annual Pork Pie Off and the @BritPieWeek twitter feed.


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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

British Pie Week 2015 - Day Two

As we enter Day Two of British Pie Week how many pies have you eaten?! The Pierateers ate 15 pies on Day One! Grab a pie, make a pie, tweet your #PiePledge.

As for the Pierateers, Pierateers RAS and SJL are competing in the #Pieathon challenge where they both see how long they can last eating only pie! Pierateer RAS will be also be attempting the 50:50 pie challenge over the whole week!

Whatever you do, go crazy for pie this British Pie Week! Enjoy!

British Pie Week 2015

Pierateer RAS

Pierateer RAS had to go back to work on Tuesday but that didn't stop him only eating pies all day! The standard breakfast of two Mr Kipling Apple Pies helped him get off the mark on day two of his #Pieathon challenge, to see how long he could just eat pies for, and a delightful surprise awaited him when he arrived at work to find a pie delivery from top pie makers "Nice Pie". You may have recently seen them - and their controversial but delicious squirrel pie - on Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast recently and you can see how all their previous pies rate in our last Nice Pie review.

For lunch Pierateer RAS tucked into a previously rated Pork Pie from Pork Farms, which claim to be the nation's most popular pork pie in terms of value sales. Another Mr Kipling Apple Pie followed for dessert, but the main pie intake would be saved for the evening. Upon getting home, Rob was delighted to find a selection of five Nice Pies to munch through this week, with the first two to get reviewed being the Red Stag Pie and Cow Pie - one of which was Pierate Highly Recommended!

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Pierateer SJL 

Pierateer SJL and ALE had stocked up on pies for British Pie Week, see photo below. Pierateer SJL is attempting the #Pieathon PiePledge, how long can he last eating ONLY PIE?

British Pie Week Pies
British Pie Week Pies
Iceland mini Pies
After a 3210 calories and 7 and half pies on Day One Pierateer SJL had perhaps forgotten that this was a #Pieathon not a #PieSprint. The morning breakfast consisted of two Mr Kipling Apple & Blackcurrent pies (which we reviewed long ago!). The two Sainsburys Pork Pies left over from Day One were eaten mid-morning. For lunch the second half of the Pasta Pie Bake was consumed which went down very well to add a bit of healthy veg to the pie consumption!

The evening meal was provided by Iceland. The main course was an Iceland Chicken & Mushroom pie with two of the Iceland Party Pies as a starter. (I could get used to having two mini pies as a starter before my main pie!) See the review of the Iceland pies, the main course was a bit of a disappointment with a content resembling soup! When reviewing the calories count the Iceland pie was only 365 calories, no wonder when there was nothing to it! Whilst it was very tempting to eat some salad, Pierateer SJL was just about hanging on in there to maintain the #Pieathon.
Iceland 'Chicken Soup' Pie

2 x Mr Kipling Apple & Blackcurrant 214 cal each - 428 cal
2 x Sainsbury's Basics Pork pies 254 cal each - 508 cal
Pasta Pie Bake (half) - 850 cal approx 
Iceland Mini Steak & Ale - 83 cal
Iceland Mini Chicken & Stuffing - 87 cal
Iceland Chicken & Mushroom - 365 cal
Total Day Two- 2321 calories (7.5 pies)
Total British Pie Week - 5531 (15 pies)


Pie News

It was also great to hear from Kate Henry, who I'm sure you won't need reminding was star baker in pie week in the 2014 series of the Great British Bake Off! Kate's managed to get her pie recipe in the latest Delicious Magazine, which is all very exciting! Well done Kate!


It of course wasn't just Kate making pies though for British Bake Off last year, as we managed to get Michel Roux Jnr to rate our Crocodile pie on Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice!


See what the Pierateers have been up to this British Pie Week in our daily Pie Diary articles (Updated throughout the week, so do check back!):


Day One – Monday 2nd March 2015
Day Two – Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Day Three – Wednesday 4th March 2015
Day Four - Thursday 5th March 2015
Day Five - Friday 6th March 2015
Day Six - Saturday 7th March 2015
Day Seven - Sunday 8th March 2015


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Put That British Pie Week Party on Iceland

Iceland - Pie Reviews

These pies were eaten as part of the Pierateers #Pieathon Pie Pledge to see who could go the longest eating only pie during British Pie Week! 


With some pies from Iceland having been Highly Recommended by Pierateer RAS I have been meaning to try them out for a while. It was good to have some pies in freezer for British Pie Week in case I started to run low on pies whilst attempting the 'Pie-a-thon' Challenge where I had to eat only pie for as long as possible. Whilst Gloucester Iceland didn't have the Chicken and Bacon pie recommended by RAS, the box of 12 Party Pies for £3 seemed intriguing. They were similar to the Morrisons version previously reviewed.

This genre of pie is difficult to get right, generally there isn't enough filling. However, these seemed to do a decent job in that respect. They had so much filling that they actually both burst open. They came in both Steak & Ale and Chicken & Stuffing flavours. Both fillings were pretty generic tasting but nice enough and I enjoyed them. The meat came in small pieces so I didn't notice whether they were chewy. Whilst small, the pieces of meat were bigger than the mince in the Morrisons version. The sauce was rich and thick. The pastry was good but a little chewy. The main downside for both these pies is that they stuck to their foil cases, so the only way to get a cross-section was to take off the lids! Certainly not what you want to happen if you are serving these at a party. A shame as they performed well otherwise. Neither of the fillings stood out so I have scored them both the same.

Condition - 5.0 out of 7
Colour - 4.0 out of 7
Cheapness - 3.0 out of 7 - £3 for 12 works out at 25p a pie which I thought was expensive for such small pies. A couple of bites and they are gone. Offers are available if you buy more than one pack. They are cheaper than the Morrisons version though!
Capacity - 4.8 out of 7 - Good capacity for such a small pie and well filled.
Chewiness - 4.5 out of 7 
Content - 4.0 out of 7 - Nice enough.
Consistency - 3.5 out of 7 - Let down ultimately because they need scooping out of the foil!



Party Steak & Ale / Party Chicken & Stuffing (Iceland)
4.11/7


Whilst I was in Iceland I also wanted to try one of their regular sized pies to see how they fared against the bigger supermarkets versions. I have nothing against frozen pies, in fact I have had some pretty good ones. Pastry can cook quite nicely from frozen. There was a slightly disappointing selection of pies in my local Iceland, one Steak & Ale or Chicken & Mushroom in the individual pie size. I picked up a box of 4 Chicken & Mushroom for £1.50.


Condition - 4.8 out of 7 - Whilst not doing anything special, the puff pastry lid rose nicely and I thought that it looked well proportioned.
Colour - 4.5 out of 7 - Pretty good brown colour.
Cheapness - 3.7 out of 7 - 37.5p each is cheap although they were slightly smaller than a standard individual pie (or at least my idea of how big they should be). But then you get what you pay for...
Capacity - 2.5 out of 7 - Disaster, there was a large capacity but there was little content to speak of. The pie was filled with what I would describe as Chicken & Mushroom soup. Once this had flooded out onto the plate, it seemed pretty much empty.
Chewiness - 2.6 out of 7 - As you can imagine, with a soup-like filling there was little to get my teeth into. That said the pastry lid had a nice crunch. The shortcrust base and sides had a biscuity texture.
Content - 2.9 out of 7 - Bland, bland, bland and boring. Whilst not tasting bad, the filling didn't taste of much. A shame when the pastry tasted good! There were a few small chicken chunks. Whilst suspiciously cuboid in shape, they tasted okay.
Consistency - 2.4 out of 7 - A pie with a lack of filling like this one is just never going to work

Chicken & Mushroom (Iceland)
3.34/7


Overall, these weren't exactly Iced Gems although the mini pies might come in handy during the British Pie Week challenge of only eating pie. A bit of a disappointment but with so many other pies to enjoy this British Pie Week the disappointment won't last long.

SJL


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Monday, 2 March 2015

Higgidy Porkie Pies Are Pulling Our Leg

Higgidy - Hand Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Pie Review (Limited Edition)

This pie was eaten as part of the Pierateers #Pieathon Pie Pledge to see who could go the longest eating only pie! This was eaten on Day One of British Pie Week 2015.



Higgidy Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato PieHere we have a Higgidy OPEN TOP Pulled Pork pie. Controversial to start British Pie Week with a review of what is technically not a pie by our own definition! However, Higgidy have been good to us, sending vouchers for our 200th pie review back in the day. They also sent vouchers for our #Pie4EveryMeal challenge last year but they arrived too late, so I thought I owed them a review this year. To be honest, I hadn't realised it was open top when I bought it and was a bit saddened when I got it out of the box! My own fault though, it was clearly visible. Then I had a brain wave, there was nothing to stop me from adding my own pastry lid! Hey presto, a proper pie!

This pie worked really well as part of the Pie-a-thon #PiePledge that RAS and myself are attempting. The flavour was original and added a bit of variety to the excessive pie consumption. The flavours of the filling were delicious.

Higgidy Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Pie

Condition - 3.5 out of 7 - A great looking product, despite the filling being naked. The crinkled edge was a nice effect. But, without a lid it just didn't look right....
Colour - 5.0 out of 7 - A range of colours to the filling which is nice to see. The pastry was a good colour.
Cheapness - 4.0 out of 7 - This was on offer for £3 in Sainsbury's. About £3.50 normally. This is about the going rate for an up market pie of this size from a supermarket.
Capacity - 4.8 out of 7 - The open top means that you can straight away see that there is plenty of filling. But I genuinely felt that without the additional pastry lid, there would not have been the right pastry to filling ratio.
Chewiness - 5.9 out of 7 - Brilliant texture, the pork was soft but had enough bite to get your teeth into. The sweet potato and other veg wasn't mushy although I perhaps felt the sweet potato was a bit too hard. The pastry was nice and crunchy.
Content - 6.0 out of 7 - Strands of pulled pork in a slightly sweet and slightly spicy filling. It had a bit of kick but not too much. The bits of pepper added some variety. The meat was delicious and the flavours worked well with the shortcrust pastry.
Consistency - 4.5 out of 7 - It could never score really highly, not having a lid, but if you feel like adding your own you will get the full pie experience and a really great tasting pie! With the additional pastry lid it looked good and worked really well!


Open Top Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato (Higgidy)
4.81/7


SJL

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British Pie Week 2015 - Day One

The countdown timer has struck zero and British Pie Week 2015 has begun – so what more motivation do you need?! Grab a pie, make a pie, tweet your #PiePledge. Here’s some things you can do this British Pie Week!


You can see some of the events going on up and down the country on the British Pie Week Facebook page.
You can follow the Pierateers on Twitter and find out how their crazy #PiePledges are going!
You can read about pies.
You can choose a pie (we have almost 500 pies reviewed in our rankings table!)
Think up some puns for the Pie Dictionary!
You can suggest a pie you’ve enjoyed.

As for the Pierateers, we are ready and waiting for probably the biggest British Pie Week yet! Pierateers RAS and SJL are competing in the #Pieathon challenge where they both see how long they can last eating only pie! Pierateer RAS will be also be attempting the 50:50 pie challenge over the whole week!


British Pie Week Nice Pie Pierate Pie
Nice Pie's Pierate Logo Pie from British Pie Week 2014!
It seems this year, more than any before, people are bigging up British Pie Week. Plenty of pubs and shops are doing something special for British Pie Week and even Jus-Rol, creators of British Pie Week, have got on board more with a dedicated @BritPieWeek Twitter feed and a #PiePledge to donate money to charity for every follower they get on Twitter!

And while we may not have the amazing Pierate Logo pie to enjoy this year (made especially for us by Nice Pie, the stars of a recent episode of Channel 4's "Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast" with their squirrel pie being a real conversation starter!) we are certain there will be plenty of pie antics this coming week! Especially if our crazy #PiePledges are anything to go by!

So whatever you do, go crazy for pie this British Pie Week! Enjoy!


British Pie Week 2015


This page will be updated with the pies we Pierateers eat and any other pie news throughout the day. Check back each day for daily updates this British Pie Week!

Pierateer RAS

Having stayed up past midnight, Pierateer Rob saw in British Pie Week 2015 by posting this first day article alongside tucking into a Mr Kipling Apple Pie. This was the first of a number of fruit pies to start his #Pieathon challenge. And it was great to see a good handful of pie fan seeing in British Pie Week with us, with over 30 views in the first half hour! Here's to many more pies and pageviews this coming week!

#BritishPieWeek trending on Twitter!
Waking up to hear that there had been a British Pie Week shout out on known pie celebrity Chris Evans' breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, it seemed to kick off a #BritishPieWeek twitter storm and there was a sharp boost to our pageviews as a result of our pie tweeting as the hashtag trended as the second most popular phrase on twitter at one point!

Having enjoyed two more Mr Kipling Apple Pies for breakfast, Pierateer RAS tucked into half a Pat Gorman Pork Pie for lunch and then tried some 99p steak pies from Aldi for dinner - though these did not go down well! Full reviews of those to follow later this week! The day was rounded off with another couple of Mr Kipling Apple Pies for dessert and supper. All in all it was quite a low pie count, considering all he ate was pies, but Pierateer RAS put that down to being so busy volunteering at the Badminton in the NIA on day one of the tournament that he hardly had time to stop for pie!

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Pierateer SJL 

Pierateer SJL and ALE had stocked up on pies for British Pie Week, see photo below. Pierateer SJL is attempting the #Pieathon PiePledge, how long can he last eating ONLY PIE?

British Pie Week Pies
British Pie Week Pies

Pierateer SJL had a controversial start to British Pie Week. He decided to go for a Cooperative Rhubarb pie (which was the pie he also started British Pie Week with last year) but it turned out to be a Cooperative Apple pie! Oh well... it was still a pie at least, not a slice! SJL had half the pie for breakfast and finished the other half during the day.

Two Sainsburys Basics small pork pies quickly followed the Coop pie before 9 o'clock had even been reached!

At lunch time Pierateer SJL had another controversy, when he opened his Higgidy pie he realised there was no lid, it wasn't a real pie! However, he added a small piece of pastry on top to quickly fix the problem and get on with reviewing this Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato pie. The Higgidy pie was accompanied by two very small Iceland party pies (which served as a starter whilst the Higgidy pie cooked).

For the #Pieathon challenge SJL attempted something completely new, cooking some pasta in order to make a Pasta Pie Bake. A creamy pesto sauce worked well inside the pie, as did the addition of vegetables. However, it was quite heavy due to massive amount of carbs so SJL only managed half alongside a famous Pukka Steak pie, which was in fact one of the very first pies reviewed on Pierate.

Having eaten 3210 calories and seven and half pies, SJL had successfully navigated a whole day of the #Pieathon challenge having eaten many more pies than normal. However, he was still some way off the 3362 calories consumed on Day Two of British Pie Week 2013.

Coop Apple - 600 cal approx
2 x Sainsbury's Basics Pork pies 254 cal each - 508 cal
Iceland Mini Steak & Ale - 83 cal
Iceland Mini Chicken & Stuffing - 87 cal
Higgidy Pulled Pork - 583 cal
Pasta Pie Bake (half) - 850 cal approx (Pastry alone was 1220 cal)
Pukka Steak - 499 cal
Total - 3210 calories (7.5 pies)


Pierate Pie Reviews BBC Sport
Pierate Pie Reviews - Pie advisers to the BBC!
Pierateer TJP

While Pierateer Tim may be about to fly out to Greece in search of Greek pie, he still had time to write a brand new article entitled "What People Are Saying About Us" - featuring among other things our appearance on the BBC Sport website in their "Pies of Football" video and our appearance on Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice with our Crocodile Pie!!!

And before he set off Tim also had time this weekend to promote the Princess Victoria Pork Pie Off, happening tonight (Monday 2nd March) for all those who live in London and love their pork pies! Plus you'll be eating pies to raise money for charity! See our Pork Pie Off 2015 article for why you should go!

See what the Pierateers have been up to this British Pie Week in our daily Pie Diary articles (Updated throughout the week, so do check back!):


Day One – Monday 2nd March 2015
Day Two – Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Day Three – Wednesday 4th March 2015
Day Four - Thursday 5th March 2015
Day Five - Friday 6th March 2015
Day Six - Saturday 7th March 2015
Day Seven - Sunday 8th March 2015


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Sunday, 1 March 2015

We ate a TIGER pie, and thought it was pretty good

RAS may have tried a squirrel pie, SJL a crocodile pie, and myself a python pie, but there's always room for another exotic pie filling at the web's leading pie review blogThis time, however, have we taken it too far? Have we crossed the line? A tiger pie?

Image: flickr/Thomas S.
It can't be real, can it? One of Earth's most incredible, and rarest, creatures, sliced and diced into a pie?


No, you'd be absolutely right. It's not real. ASDA certainly isn't selling a real tiger meat pie (although a restaurant in the US was actually selling genuine lion meat tacos for a while). In fact, this pie doesn't contain any meat at all; it's a vegetarian cheese and onion pie. And for that I'm thankful - even a pie-lover like me wouldn't want to eat a real tiger pie.


Out of the oven, you can see why ASDA labelled this a "tiger" pie. Similar to their "tiger bread", the crust of this pie is a striking orangey-brown. It certainly scores well for colour, I think.


Slicing open the pie, one can see that the pie is remarkably well filled for an ASDA pie (recent ASDA pies have been a bit of a let down in the filling department). The content does taste nice and creamy, and is rather delicious for a cheap filling. The pie obviously lacks quality - this pie did only cost about £1 after all - but for a bargain pie I think this product does offer great value.

I probably wouldn't buy it again though as I didn't find it particularly filling, plus I also felt the content was rather mushy and lacked any real substance (or gravy, for that matter). The pastry was crunchy, not at all chewy, and tasted nice - with a slight additional flavour to the glazed lid which was a nice twist. There's not much more I can say about it really, apart from this pie was flavoursome, creamy, and satisfactory.

ASDA Tiger Cheese and Onion Pie
Score: 4.7/7
TJP

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Pork Pie Off 2015 - and a Waitrose pork pie review

Last British Pie Week, I attended the Pork Pie Off at the Princess Victoria pub, where judges Tom Parker Bowles (Mail on Sunday), Christine Hayes (editor of Olive Magazine), and Joe Warwick (Metro) - along with the great British public - ate and rated 10 different pork pies. It was a wonderful event - a lot of fun, a lot of great pies, and all for a great cause (and also helped me complete my challenge to eat nothing but pork pies for an entire day. Read more about it here)

While we unfortunately can't make it along to the event again this year, we urge you all to head over to the Princess Victoria on March 2nd 2015 for some high quality pork pies and to raise money for Action Against Hunger! Selfridges' restaurants director Hannah Bass, Andy Bates (of Food Network and Eat My Pies fame) and chefs Rowley Leigh and Henry Harris and food writer Joe Warwick (from the Metro) will be in attendance - and there will be some amazing pies!

Waitrose Moreish Ploughman's Pork Pie Review

Speaking of pork pies, I tried out these Waitrose 'moreish Ploughman's pork pies'. These treats consisted of hot water crust pastry encasing a seasoned uncured British pork, cheese and pickle filling.

waitrose pork pie

waitrose pork pie

The pies are a nice golden brown colour - however a few imperfections on the lid will lower the score for condition. In terms of capacity, the pastry is a little too thick and therefore the high crust:filling ratio reduces the capacity of this pie. Weirdly, the pie also seems to lack any jelly. For content, the meat looks and tastes of good quality. The cheesy pickle filling is actually very tasty, and very convenient if you don't have any of your own pickle and cheese nearby (fortunately I did have my own though). These pies were reasonably expensive - at about 70p per pie, these pies are too small to offer great value for money. The 'Ploughman's' is a nice twist on the regular pork pie filling.

Waitrose Moreish Ploughman's Pork Pie
Overall score: 5.50 / 7
TJP
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Friday, 27 February 2015

British Pie Week 2015 - Pierate #PiePledges

You may have seen that we’re once again encouraging pie fans and pie companies to make promises regarding pies for British Pie Week (from 2nd to 8th March 2015). This is in the form of making a #PiePledge or two, possibly committing to eat more pies or try a new pie flavour or do special pie-motions to celebrate pie!


British Pie Week Pie Pledge
But it would certainly be hypocritical of us to ask you to make a #PiePledge without making a few ourselves, so over the coming days we will be revealing the various #PiePledge ideas the Pierateers will be committing to!

It has to be said that it's going to be hard to beat some of the #PiePledge ideas we had last year, but we'll give it a try! Of course, there's no beating the pie-thon (python pie) Pierateer Tim made in terms of a piefect pie pun, and it was an epic feat for Pierateer Sam to make a video of all 21 consecutive pie meals he ate in British Pie Week 2014 whilst losing weight, but we have a few pie-deas to ensure British Pie Week 2015 is pastry crazy!


Possibly the most important thing we found out last British Pie Week: Pies don't make you fat!

We encourage you to read about and watch the videos of how Pierateer Sam ate 21 consecutive pie meals during British Pie Week 2014 and LOST weight! Seriously!



So what of 2015? Here are our Pierateer #PiePledge commitments:


The headline grabbers are these:

Pierateer Rob will be doing a 50-50 Pie Challenge, in which he aims for pie to be at least 50% of his diet during British Pie Week 2015! While still unsure quite how he's going to consume that much pastry in a week, he's up for the challenge and will record his pies and non-pies in our daily posts! This is not going to be healthy!!!

Pierateers Rob and Sam both aim to compete in a Pieathon - where they will both aim to see how many hours (and hopefully days!) they can survive on just eating pie until the craving for a non-pie option becomes too strong! Starting at Midnight on Monday 2nd, they will only eat pie until one of them cracks under the pie-ressure! You can see timers of how long we lasted in our Pieathon post.

We're pleased to announce that we will be supplied with pies for some of these challenges by Nice Pie, Pieminister and Toppings Pies. We look forward to reviewing these and taking us past 500 pie reviews in our Pie Rankings table very soon!


In addition, the Pierateeers commit to the following:

The #PiePledge by Pierateer TJP will be attempted outside of Britain! Will he be able to take the spirit of British Pie Week abroad as he travels to Greece?

The Ship's Cook has made a #PiePledge to "push the boat out" (so to speak) by attempting a new reci-pie in British Pie Week. We'll find out what in British Pie Week!

The Pierateers #PiePledge to do a day-by-day account of every pie they eat in British Pie Week! Check back daily on www.pierate.co.uk to see what crazy pie antics we’ve been up to during the week!

Pierateer Rob has gone the extra mile by committed to take 3 days off work to help aid this regular pie review posting!

Plus as he's eating so many pies anyway, Pierateer Rob will #PiePledge to eat at least one pie all seven days of British Pie Week! Check back daily on www.pierate.co.uk to see what pies we've consumed each day!

Don't forget though that you can get involved too! Check out our #PiePledge video above or check out our #PiePledge article. And follow the #PiePledge hashtag on Twitter for how we're doing!


Into the history books…


The #PiePledge was introduced by the Pierateers for British Pie Week 2013 and has since seen the Pierateers completing the following promises:

- Pierateers RAS and SJL commited to eating a pie every day of British Pie Week 2013 and achieved this! Pierateer TJP ate a pie every working day of the week. See all the pies we are in our day-by-day Pie-ary of British Pie Week 2013

- In British Pie Week 2014 they went much, much further with so many Pie Pledges it needs its own Pierateers #PiePledge 2014 article!
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Friday, 20 February 2015

British Pie Week - #PiePledge 2015

I’m sure you won’t need any reminding that it is British Pie Week from 2nd to 8th March this year – in fact you can see our countdown clock telling you exactly how long you have to wait in our Countdown to British Pie Week article – but you may be thinking “What can I do for British Pie Week?!”


After all, you may have read our British Pie Week article and know that in British Pie Week 2013 we ate 50 pies between the three of us and in British Pie Week 2014 we went even further and ate 55 pies - including making and trying a Python pie! Not everyone is quite that pie-crazy!!!

But what can YOU do for British Pie Week? Well we’d love you to get involved in whatever way you can and here’s how:

Introducing the #PiePledge

British Pie Week Pie Pledge


In British Pie Week 2013 we introduced the #PiePledge as a way for pie eaters or pie makers to make pledges either before or during British Pie Week about what they are going to commit to do regarding pie. Then in 2014 we got others involved in making a #PiePledge too! And with British Pie Week coming up soon, what better thing than make your #PiePledge ready for British Pie Week?



Find out what the Pierateers commit to do during British Pie Week by reading the Pierateers Pie Pledge article and following the #PiePledge hashtag on Twitter this year!

Here’s some examples for individuals:

- #PiePledge to eat a pie every day of British Pie Week (not for the feint hearted but the Pierateers pledge to do this as standard)
- #PiePledge to “shop local” and buy a pie from an independent local supplier/butchers rather than the Supermarkets for British Pie Week
- #PiePledge to complete Pie-thagoras Theorem on one day of British Pie Week – where you eat pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner! (See our article on Pie-thagoras Theorem for more details!)
- #PiePledge to make a homemade pie – completely from scratch – this British Pie Week
- #PiePledge to eat a flavour of pie you’ve never tried before – like Zebra, Kangaroo or Squirrel

And here’s some examples for pie companies:

- #PiePledge to release a new pie flavour for British Pie Week
- #PiePledge to increase the number of pie-motions in British Pie Week to boost pie sales even further!
- #PiePledge to tweet about pies even more than usual in British Pie Week (though that's surely a given!)

We hope we’ve provided some ins-pie-ration for your #PiePledge. You can tweet your #PiePledge to @pierateers or leave a comment below - but more than anything, enjoy your pies in British Pie Week!

We'll be checking twitter for some of your #PiePledge suggestions and picking some top suggestions to add to this article in the coming few weeks!



The Aldwark Arms are planning a new special pie on their menu every day of British Pie Week:

The Dorset Pie Company have created a new pie for British Pie Week:

And so have Chunk of Devon!

The Lansdowne have a special pie menu for 5th March:

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

All Wright Chicken Balti Pies at Cambridge

Cambridge United/Wrights - Chicken Balti Football Pie Review


It is always good to see a club return to the football league, particularly if it gives a fresh option for a football pie review to add to our Football Pie League (AKA Pieremiership). Pierateer RAS and myself went to see Cambridge United take on Wycombe Wanderers at the Abbey Stadium. It was an old stadium with a bit of character, but not a lot, especially in the slightly newer away end that we were in. Still, it was much more interesting than a lot of the boring modern stadiums I have been too.

Cambridge United Football Pie

The Pierateers straight away made a bee line for the food counter and quickly realised that the pie choices were disappointingly limited; there was only one type available. You might think that if only one pie was available it would naturally be Steak & Kidney or Beef & Onion, but no! Cambridge had only a Chicken Balti pie! Okay, it is quite a classic in a football sense but this just seemed odd to us. I could see Pierateer RAS struggling to come to terms with this situation. Why? Well he doesn't actually like Chicken Balti so no football pie for him. Shame, but there was no reason for me to not get tucked in! The only problem was they wanted me to part with £3.50 for it. I was so shocked I almost ordered a pasty by mistake, I think it is the most expensive football pie I have ever had!

The lady serving told me it was a Pukka Pie, but having seen a fair few Pukka's in our time, including the Chicken Balti, we were very sceptical. Therefore we decided to investigate after the game. Despite being away fans we just started to wander around the stadium. I was shocked and quite angry to see that the pies were selling for £3 in the home end. Talk about fleecing the away supporters! We found a girl who had been working in a food kiosk. She didn't know who the pies were made by, neither did the next couple of people, but eventually the trail let us to Paul, who was some sort of manager at Abbey Stadium. He was most helpful, giving us the facts about their pies. When we questioned him about the reason that only Chicken Balti pies were available he said that is the only flavour the fans want! Turns out the home fans prefer steak slices to steak pies. I think this is the first time I have ever thought to myself 'blooming Southerners', despite being a Southerner myself!

Football Pie Review

Have you seen our views on the perfect football pie? We were filmed by BBC Sport and gave our views in our article "The Pies of Football" - also featuring the video on the BBC Sport website!




So who are Wrights? Having looked them up it seems they are pretty big players in the pie world of Stoke-on-Trent, with loads of bakeries there. It was nice to find a different company which we hadn't tried before. I seem to remember that Tom Dickinson hated them in 92 Pies but I thought they were pretty good. The key was that the pie was cooked properly, despite the ropey oven that Paul claimed Cambridge have. It is often the case that a good football pie turns bad by being dried to a crisp.

For us it was also good to see another win for promotion hopefuls Wycombe. However, their success this season means that they have sold a couple of players and this perhaps showed with a less than vintage performance. But a win is a win and a decent pie with a win... well that's win win.

Wrights Chicken Balti Football Pie


Condition – 3.8 out of 7 – Pie explosion! The filling had lifted the lid. This did indicate it was well filled but it wasn't so pretty. The cumin seeds on top indicated curry and were a nice touch.

Colour – 4.5 out of 7 – Brown rather than golden but not burnt which is the main thing.

Cheapness – 3.2 out of 7 – The prices were just written on a chalk board, perhaps someone made a mistake with the £3.50 price for away fans. However, I can only score on what I was charged and it needs to be a gourmet pie for that price.

Capacity – 5.5 out of 7 – Quite a large capacity because this was a tall pie. A small airgap considering the size, overall a well filled pie although quite a bit of it was sauce. It is also worth noting it was fairly big, around 250g I would say.

Chewiness – 4.7 out of 7 – The pastry lid was nice and crumbly but the base was a bit soggy. The filling slipped down well, it wasn't at all chewy.

Content – 4.1 out of 7 – The content was okay, the meat was decent enough but the flavour was a bit bland for me. It tasted really similar to the Phat Pasty Chicken Balti. I prefer the spicy filling of the Pukka version.

Consistency – 5.0 out of 7 – This pie worked well as a football pie, it held together nicely and the sauce was thick. The filling went well with the pastry.

Chicken Balti (Cambridge United FC/Wrights)
4.40/7

SJL

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