Friday, 19 December 2014

Pierate on BBC Radio again - Pieday Friday - 19th December 2014



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Pierate on BBC Radio's The Mark Forrest Show

We were delighted to once again be able to chat pie on BBC Radio's The Mark Forrest Show last night, having previously been on the show back in May!

Listen in to the show on catch up here - with Pierateer Rob chatting pie with Mark for several minutes from 47 minutes in.

Mark kindly called Pierate "one of the best websites out there" and recommended callers take a look and find out if their favourite pie was on our pie rankings list!

Among other things, we discussed the Beef Bourguignon Pie at Manchester City FC - which rated very well - and the crocodile pie we had from Nice Pie.

Pie Tweet of the Week!

Following the above mentioned appearance on BBC Radio's Mark Forrest Show, were were delighted to be called some of the country's biggest pie fans!



World Pie Eating Championships Controversy

You just could not make this stuff up! There has been reported turmoil at the World Pie Eating Championships - held where else but Wigan. Over-sized pies were sent to the venue, meaning competitors were asked to eat half a pie in record speed, something that was then not accepted as an official result. You can read more about the rules and regulations in this BBC News article.


Partridge in a Pear Pie!

Partridge in a pear pie review
Partridge in a pear pie!
You'll no doubt have heard the 12 Days of Christmas song, which concludes with the "Partridge in a Pear tree". But have you ever wondered what a partridge tastes like? Surely your true love would rather receive a pie, than a partridge in a pear tree?! Or better still, a Partridge in a pear pie?

Yes... incredibly this pie does exist and we are looking forward to rating it! We're not quite sure what to expect here at Pierate HQ but we're grateful to Nice Pie for sending us one to rate this Christmas time!

In the meantime, check out all the exotic Nice Pie reviews we have already done, including camel, squirrel and crocodile!


Wycombe's Football Pie Summer Transfer

The Pierateers have rated pies in grounds up and down the country - even appearing on the BBC to offer our pie advice! - and are looking to expand the number of pies in their Pieremiership table! But in amongst all this, they also keep their eyes on the pies for significant summer transfers, which includes changing pie suppliers at our country’s football clubs.

One such club who have made a substitution this summer are Wycombe Wanderers, who you may already know are the local club of the Pierateers following the Morecambe pie visit earlier this year.

Find out how we rated the new pie offering at Adam’s Park – made by Phat Pasty Co. – as Wycombe Wanderers took on Southend United.


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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Do pies make it all better at Hoxton Pastry Union?

Hoxton Pastry Union chicken pie review

Introducing to you the new eatery in Shoreditch - the Hoxton Pastry Union. This sizable pie establishment has been open near London's Old Street for little over a month, but I felt it was definitely time I walk through its doors and check out what pies are on offer. 



Okay, so the menu actually only has 4 pie options on it. For a shop called the "pastry union" you might expect a slightly wider variety of pies - but I guess I'm just glad they're serving pies in this joint and not pasties, slices or other non-pie pastry goods. 

The description of each pie is rather brief. "Beef", "chicken", "vegetarian" - these aren't particularly descriptive or enticing terms. I would prefer the pie filling is described to me in a little more detail - perhaps with a name for the pie - so I can be excited by it. When I'm spending £5 on a pie, I'd like to know what's in it without having to ask the bar staff. I'm tempted by the fish pie, quite simply because I'm curious to see whether it is actually a full pastry pie, but on the waitress' recommendation I opt for the chicken pie. No sides, thank you. Yes, gravy please but in a separate container.

As I wait for my pie to be cooked, I spot a wonderful sign on the wall. That's brightened up my work day. Pies do make everything better!
And here is the pie, in a take-away container. I would eat it in the shop on one of their funky tables, but I must dash.





The pie is golden in colour - a little more yellowy than I am used too. The lid has a nice shiny glazed surface. The pies are obviously hand-made, which is good, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more attention paid to the condition of the pie - some nice crimping, for example, would have been a good addition.

When I cut the pie open, I note that there is a rather underwhelming amount of filling. The photo below shows one half of the pie, showing you the lack of filling. The other half of the pie was more filled than that, but I struggled to get a good photo as my hands were full. However, this photo does highlight the rather disappointing amount of filling. There were only a few chunks of chicken in my pie - personally I would have expected more filling for the price I paid for this pie.


On tasting, I noted a lovely taste of tarragon and mushroom along with the chicken. In my opinion the filling that was there certainly tasted nice, and the chunks of chicken were high quality with no gristle or chewy meat..

The pastry lid was nice and crispy, but the base and sides were rather soggy and floppy. I initially tried picking up this pie with my hands but I had to put it down again as it felt as if the base was going to break apart.

This pie initially looked large, but actually it felt like this was an illusion - once you got past the pastry lid, the pie was rather shallow and underfilled. My appetite wasn't sated after one pie. You can make up your own mind, and maybe their other pies are better (and I got a dodgy one), but I personally won't be rushing back to Hoxton Pastry Union. That said, the gravy was actually delicious! Some of the best I've had.

Hoxton Pastry Union Chicken Pie Review
Score 3.9/7
TJP
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Will the Wycombe pies be a phat lot of good?!

Phat Pasty Co Steak and Potato Pie Review


It’s a tough job keeping track of all the comings and goings in football’s summer transfer window, especially with the distraction of the World Cup (and our World Cup pie blog) this summer! But one transfer we Pierateers did spot was a change in the pie supplier at Wycombe Wanderers FC, who are the local club of the Pierateers.

As you may well know, the Pierateers have rated pies in grounds up and down the country and are looking to expand the number of pies in their Pieremiership table! But in amongst all this, having already rated last season’s pie at Wycombe, we rated the new offering at Adam’s Park – made by Phat Pasty Co. who we also rated at Portsmouth FC – as Wycombe Wanderers took on Southend United. Would they hit the back of the net?!

Phat Pasty Co's Steak and Potato Pie Review
Phat Pasty Co's Steak and Potato Pie Review
First things first, let’s remind ourselves that a football pie is one of the hardest pies to get right. And we should know – having been pie advisers to the BBC just a few months ago and even featuring in a video on the BBC Sport website as part of their “Pies of Football” review.

Not only do we want tasty pastry and a fabulous filling, but the pie needs to be able to be eaten by hand and have a not-too-runny consistency to save spills on your football shirt! It can also be difficult to get value for money when in a sports arena, but we take that into account when looking at the cheapness. The steak and potato pie by Phat Pasty Co certainly looked appealing, with a good depth to it and cleverly including the word “phat” into the top pastry. However when Pierateer RAS went to take his pie out of the foil, there was a monumental collapse of the pastry, resulting in the lid and parts of the side being completely separated from the rest of the pie.

Phat Pasty Co's Steak and Potato Pie Review
Phat Pasty Co's Steak and Potato Pie Review
The weight of the pie seemed too strong for the pastry to hold, which was rather surprising given the thickness of the pastry. What seemed to be the issue here was that the pastry was thick and the capacity very strong, but the pastry is not crisp and firm enough to hold the weight properly. This may be partly due to the cooking technique for a football ground, in a deep foil casing, but if it being sold at a football ground it does really need to hold the contents better to get a good score from us. Unfortunately neither of the Phat Pasty Co pies we've had at football grounds have matched the colour and crispy looking texture of the pies on the Phat Pasty Co pie website page.

The content itself was on the whole pretty good, though it was noted that a meat pie – rather than meat and potato – would most probably have scored higher. The potato in this pie though was cooked well, and nice and flavoursome. There could have certainly been a bit more meat and there was a bit of chewy meat in there, but overall the flavour of the filling was enjoyed. The capacity was pretty much spot on and at £3 for a pie, that’s pretty good value for a hot pie of that size eaten out.

Our post match summary then: While we commend a big meat and potato pie with an enjoyable filling, the pastry on this pie sadly wasn’t strong or tasty enough for top marks. It was too thick and still tasted quite floury. For a football pie, the pastry didn’t hold together well enough to pick it up and eat it, so a longer baked and stronger pie pastry would be ideal.

Phat Pasty Co Steak and Potato Pie
Score: 3.36/7
[Colour 3.5, Capacity 5, Consistency 2, Condition 3, Chewiness 2, Cheapness 4, Content 4, Total: 3.36/7]
RAS


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Friday, 12 December 2014

12 Pies of Christmas re-visited! - Pieday Friday - 12th December 2014



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The 12 Pies of Christmas - re-visited!

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost a year since our '12 Pies of Christmas' music video was launched! Sure, it may be an overly repetitive song and the budget for the video was not exactly breaking into the millions, but it was good fun to make and – let’s face it – a great excuse to eat lots of festive pies! Check out the 78 pies that feature in this music video here or click here to read the reviews of all 12 pies – 4 turkey and 8 mince pies! There are a few “Highly Recommended” in there too!



Pie Tweet of the Week!

Following our rating of the Marks and Spencer Gluten Free Mince Pies last week, Marks and Spencer were very flattered by Pierateer ALE's comments:



Pierate's Christmas Pie Reviews

You can once again view our festive pies all in one place, with the following links to our Christmas pie reviews:

Christmas Pies

Click for all our Mince Pie Reviews
or
Click for all our Turkey Pie Reviews


In addition, why not check out our interactive pie rankings table and click on “mince” to view all our Christmas mince pies? Just one of many recent developments on www.pierate.co.uk!


Avoid mince pies at Christmas?! Jog on!!!

There's always someone there to bring the mood down at Christmas, isn't there! Call them the Grinch or whatever else, but a top nutritionist in the Daily Mail has advised missing out on Mince Pies this Christmas because they have worked out it takes on average a 45 minute jog to burn off the calories in each and every Mince Pie! You won't be sur-pie-sed to find we're ignoring this advice - instead reminding ourselves of how Pierateer SJL lost weight over British Pie Week on a pie-focused diet!


Football Pies back under the spot light

The Pierateers have rated pies in grounds up and down the country - even appearing on the BBC to offer our pie advice! - and are looking to expand the number of pies in their Pieremiership table! But in amongst all this, they also keep their eyes on the pies for significant summer transfers, which includes changing pie suppliers at our country’s football clubs.

One such club who have made a substitution this summer are Wycombe Wanderers, who you may already know are the local club of the Pierateers following the Morecambe pie visit earlier this year. We rated their Peter's Pies at the ground in January and this Saturday we’re going to be rating the new offering at Adam’s Park – made by Phat Pasty Co. – as Wycombe Wanderers take on Southend United.

Will they hit the back of the net?! Here’s hoping for a better result than when we tried the pies at Portsmouth earlier this season!


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Do Booths Luxury Mince Pies butter me up?

Booths Luxury All Butter Mince Pies Review

You may remember that back on International Pierate Day 2014, alongside banging on about the 425+ pies we've rated so far, we thought we'd try and solve a mystery:



In order to answer this question, and quite frankly a great excuse to do Piethagoras' Theorem on International Pierate Day 2014, Pierateer RAS decided to try "Mince Pie with every meal", by eating a Booths Traditional Mince Pie with each meal that day.

However at the same time, Pierateer RAS had picked up some Booths Luxury All Butter Mince Pies to see if these would rate even better than their traditional counterparts. As a luxury product they did come at a bit of a premium, costing £2.49 for 6 pies. This worked out at 41.5p per pie, making them considerably more than the 30p a pie for the traditional versions, and quite a bit more than most other mince pies rated as part of the "12 Pies of Christmas" music video last year.

But would this increase in price reflect a far superior product? Having a few friends over for a Christmas lunch recently provided the perfect excuse for Pierateer RAS to try out these luxury pies, alongside James, Will and Christopher, to see which Booths mince pies would rate the best!

The first thing to note was that they had been cleverly wrapped in plastic inside the cardboard box, to give extra freshness. This was also the case for the traditional mince pies that Booths make, but is not always the case. With pies available for quite a few months prior to Christmas this seems a very wise investment if you won't eat them straight away. But how would they rate?


Firstly, the shapes of the mince pies did vary slightly - no standard production line here - which gave the pies a more homely feel. They were taller but slightly smaller in diameter than the traditional Booths pies and this helped improve their pastry to filling ratio. There was a pretty strong capacity, with just a small air gap, and lots of fruity pieces bursting out. It certainly wasn't filled with mince gloop, as a number of mince pies we've rated have been!

Pierate Pierateer Print Michlan
Our birthday print by @michlan
The shape made the pie more structurally integral too, but I did find these pies were once again rather pale and not very crisp. You could certainly taste the buttery flavours coming through the pastry, almost a bit too strongly at times, which made it a bit more of a niche taste. I'd certainly prefer a bit more bite to my mince pie, though the content again was very good and fruity for a mince pie.

These pies were very strongly laced with sugar on top of the pies, which again I felt wasn't really needed (a good pie should not need to be covered in sugar to taste good) but it would certainly please some with a sweet tooth! I think I did prefer the eating experience of the All Butter mince pies slightly more, but might get put off by the price from buying them over the traditional mince pies.

Overall, I found it hard to split the two Booths mince pies really, as they excelled and lacked in different areas. I'd suggest you go for whichever floats your boat (or Pierate Ship) based on our comments, or like me just buy both!

Either way, enjoy your mince pies this festive season!


Booths Luxury All Butter Mince Pies
Score: 4/7
[Colour 3.5, Capacity 5, Consistency 3.5, Condition 4, Chewiness 4.5, Cheapness 3, Content 4.5, Total: 4/7]
RAS

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Re-stocking up on the Old Joint Stock pie

Fuller's Ale and Pie House Steak Pie Review from The Old Joint Stock Pub in Birmingham City Centre


You may remember that the Pierateers did a joint pie review of the Fuller’s Ale and Pie House chain back in March 2013, with all three Pierateers enjoying the various pies that they ate at a very reasonable price of £9.75. Well fast forward 14 months to May 2014* and we decided to once again stock up on a pie from the Old Joint Stock to see how their pies were fairing on the 7 Cs.

Old Joint Stock Ale and Pie House - Steak Pie Review
Old Joint Stock Ale and Pie House - Steak Pie
*Please note that this is a rating of the Old Joint Stock pie eaten on 6th May 2014 and reviewed shortly afterwards, which has only recently been found to not have been posted on the blog yet! Oops! Therefore – as with any of the pies we review – the pie may well have improved since the pie was rated (back in May).

Old Joint Stock Pie Menu Review
Old Joint Stock Pie Menu
This was once again a group outing to the Old Joint Stock, though this time it wasn’t fellow Pierateers but good friends of the blog @CarolineS_Art and @justinmgardner, who also delved into the pie menu. The pie Pierateer RAS went for was the Steak and ESB pie, compared to the Chicken pie he had thoroughly enjoyed on his last visit. It was immediately noticed that the intervening year had seen a quite significant price increase of £3 on the cost of a pie to a quite substantial sum of £12.75, but seeing as pie is what this pub chain is all about RAS had high hopes for a strongly scoring pie.

As the pie was brought to the table, it was clear a lot had changed since his last visit on the pie front too. Not just the price, but the shape and the pastry lid toping too! Much smaller and thinner, but also taller, than the previous pie, they had also changed from a shortcrust base and sides but big puff pastry lid effort to a shortcrust all the way round style. The summary of this was that Pierateer RAS felt the overall consistency in quality of pastry was stronger in this new version, as it had been noted the pastry varied in quality quite considerably in the last visit, but the lack of a puff pastry lid was a slight disappointment.

However how would the capacity fair? Certainly I hadn’t rated many pies with such height before, but alas when cutting through the pie the disappointment was evident. The capacity was about two-thirds at best, and certainly not the well filled pie he had hoped for, considering it was quite a small circumference to the pie.

Old Joint Stock Ale and Pie House - Steak Pie Review
Old Joint Stock Ale and Pie House - Steak Pie Review
The content was interestingly arranged, with a bottom layer consisting of one large field mushroom, topped with a decent layer of steak and then – in my view – a slightly excessive layer of caramelised shallots. The gravy seeped through it all, with a decent moisture to the pie contents, however there was a definite need for the additional gravy boat provided. We at Pierate have nothing against providing a gravy boat with a pie meal, indeed being very partial at times to a good gravy, but when we are assessing a pie we do expect the pie alone to be moist enough. The filling certainly was, but as the content only filled about two thirds of the capacity, there was a lot of relatively dry pastry which certainly needed the addition of extra gravy.

While the meat was very nice and tender, and the gravy added a nice flavour to the pie, the lack of content in what is quite a costly pie meal does hold it back from getting the high scores of our previous visit. I would eat it again but would certainly peruse the rest of the menu first.

Fuller’s Ale and Pie House [Old Joint Stock] Steak and ESB Ale Pie
Score: 4.61/7
[Colour 5.5, Capacity 4, Consistency 4.5, Condition 5.5, Chewiness 5, Cheapness 3.25, Content 4.5, Total: 4.61/7]
RAS


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Friday, 5 December 2014

Petitions and Mince Pies - Pieday Friday - 5th December 2014



It's Friday! It's Pieday!


Pierateers ahead of the news!

What makes a pie a pie?! It's a question that no doubt has caused heated debate up and down the country for many a year. We have our own definition of a pie on Pierate. But this week an epetition calling on making "wrongly describing a casserole with a pastry lid as a pie a criminal offence" hit the news, being reported in the Independent among other sources.

However this isn't a new epetition... In fact the Pierateers made you aware of this epetition way back in May of this year! Once again, it appears the Pierateers are ahead of the game when it comes to reporting the pie news to you!

Pie Tweet of the Week!


A star mince pie from M and S

It was great to see the return of our Gluten Free pie reviewer ALE, who this week rated the Marks and Spencer Gluten Free Mince Pies on those 7 Cs of pie rating!

She had this to say: "To summarise, this is a fantastic pie! It doesn't just beat the other mince pies I have scored, it is in fact the best shop brought mince pie I have ever tasted, including gluten ones."

High praise indeed! Check out all her gluten free pie reviews here.


One Hull of a Pie Shop - and looking to expand!

We were delighted to hear that Matt Cunnah - founder of the Hull Pie - has plans to expand his pie making em-pie-re! In an interview with the Hull Daily Mail, Matt was sharing his dream of becoming the "Pie of the Tiger" - supplying Hull City's KC Stadium with half time pies. Maybe he'll one day join our Pieremiership Table as a result!

In the meantime, you can enjoy the Hull Pie in one of three shops at present and we would certainly recommend you do! Two of their pies were awarded "Pierate Recommended Status" on a recent visit!


Pierateers delighted with support of pie party!


The Pierateers held a big 5th birthday bash, and invited 60 of their pie-loving friends along to the event. There were pies galore, with catering provided by the London Pie and Mash Company, top pie-rizes from Paul's Pies, and some amazing homemade dessert pies brought in by the pie fans! And we are very grateful to over 400 of you who have read about our party since! You can read more about the pies here.


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Monday, 1 December 2014

M & S shine like stars

M&S - Gluten Free Mince Pie Review

Whilst out the other day a family member presented me with a lovely looking box of four gluten free mince pies from Marks & Spencer's. At first one wouldn't think that this was a Gluten Free product as it wasn't packaged in the normal 'Free From' style that most supermarkets use. This was quite nice in a way although I suppose there is the danger that fellow coeliacs might miss them!

Upon opening the box, there were quite a few rather large crumbs which had been dislodged, however, I think this just reflects the transportation after leaving the supermarket. To confirm this I felt it was my duty to eat more than one box and the other box (transported by bicycle) was fine. Although one could argue it may not be a pie as it is not completely enclosed in pastry, I do rather like the pretty star on top instead of a complete lid. But the real question is how would it taste? Would it beat the Pierate Recommended Gluten Free mince pies from Foodamentalists and We Love Cake? See below for scores!

marks and spencer gluten free mince pies

marks and spencer gluten free mince pies

Condition – 5.75 out of 7 – This reflects the fact that the pasty is a little bit crumbly, but this is expected with Gluten Free pastry. its definitely not a pie that you think to yourself "I must not eat this in public to avoid a crumbly mess"!!

Colour – 6.25 out of 7 – Pretty much the optimum colour I would expect for a mince pie.

Cheapness – 5.0 out of 7 – At a bit over £3 this is pretty expensive even for GF products, but i must say it was worth it, especially the first box which was free to me!!

Capacity – 6.0 out of 7 – Couldn't be much better, but it would be quite hard to hide it in this instance because you can see the filling.

Chewiness – 6.5 out of 7 – Normally the mincemeat in mince pies is rather chewy. However, in these it is almost soft. It hasn't got full marks because there is some residual chewiness. The pastry was divine and melt in the mouth!

Content – 6.25 out of 7 – I really liked the taste of the mincemeat which was the perfect sweetness and complimented the pastry very nicely.

Consistency – 6.25 out of 7 – This worked well as a package, really great pie!


marks and spencer gluten free mince pies

To summarise, this is a fantastic pie! It doesn't just beat the other mince pies I have scored, it is infact the best shop brought mince pie i have ever tasted, including gluten ones (before i was diagnosed as a coeliac)!! So if you're Gluten Free, or you know someone who is, don't hesitate to go out to M&S and buy a box of these shining stars!



Gluten Free Mince Pie (Marks & Spencer)
6.00/7

ALE
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Friday, 28 November 2014

World's Biggest Mince Pie - Pieday Friday - 28th November 2014



It's Friday! It's Pieday!
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We had a pie party!

The Pierateers held a big 5th birthday bash, and invited 60 of their pie-loving friends along to the event. There were pies galore, with catering provided by the London Pie and Mash Company, top pie-rizes from Paul's Pies, and some amazing homemade dessert pies brought in by the pie fans! You can read about the event and pies here.








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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers! You can read our ode to the Thanksgiving pie here. And he's already a confirmed pie-lover on our Celebrities Who Love Pies list, but Barack Obama went one step beyond proving his love for pies by serving up 6 different types of pie for his Thanksgiving dinner. "We go all out on pies," said the president. "We don't play with pie."

Obama, we salute you.


Yorkshire bakery cooks up world's BIGGEST mince pie

I'm not mincing my words when I say that Yorkshire-based Lottie Shaw's bakery have concocted a MONSTER of a pie. This gigantosaurus weighs 2 stone and contains a whopping 56,140 calories. Very im-pie-ressive!



Would you eat an insect pie?

TV presenter Stefan Gates was at Borough Market this week offering a rather unusual twist on your regular mince pie - the mince fly. Alongside the traditional spiced fruit, these pies also contained larvae and locusts, with the aim to challenge people's preconceptions and encourage them to consider other sustainable food sources.


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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's not often that we stop and think how thankful we are for our food – and particularly the pies. Sure, a lot of us in the Western world simply have to pop down to the local supermarket or pie store to be able to pick up a wide selection of pies, as demonstrated by our long pie rankings list of over 425 pies at time of publishing! But we can still all be thankful for each and every one of them (even if they don’t all turn out to rate as highly as we had hoped on the 7 Cs pie rating system every time!)

"Turkey" Pie from the American Pie Council Facebook page
Americans and many others around the world celebrate Thanksgiving Day, to give thanks for the food they have. Sure, like many festivals these days, the idea of “Thanksgiving” has been somewhat pie-jacked by the media and food suppliers as a chance to sell off more of their turkeys and pies, but we at Pierate HQ can see right through that and still want to retain the original “Thanks” in Thanksgiving.

So perhaps you would love to enjoy a pie or two this Thanksgiving and don’t know where to start? Well there is much to learn from the American Pie Council and there are lots of awesome articles and recipes around if you wish to bake your own. Take for example the apple pie recipe by Youtube Chef Caroline Mili Artiss - who has her own Youtube Channel sharing lots of top recipes. This particular recipe can be found on the "indi" website which showcased this apple pie alongside some other goods from this time of year in a competition a few weeks ago and Pierateer Rob went on to bake it for our recent 5th Birthday Pie-rty - another thing to be thankful for as we celebrated 5 years of Pierate just a few weeks ago!

Apple Pie Review
The Apple Pie made by Pierateer RAS for our Birthday Pie-rty!

Whether it’s Apple Pie, Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Pie in the United States, or even a Turkey Pie like we have in the UK, go on... bake or just eat a pie and share it this Thanksgiving time! And it you need some ins-pie-ration, why not check out our pie rankings once again!

AND WHEREVER YOU ARE, WE WANT TO THANK EVERY SINGLE PIE PRODUCER OUT THERE FOR THE PIES THEY HAVE MADE THIS YEAR AND WISH THEM ALL A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ENJOY THE PIE!!!


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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Pies at the Pierate Party!

The pies of the www.pierate.co.uk 5th Birthday pie-rty!


We were absolutely delighted to be able to celebrate less than two weeks after International Pierate Day 2014 with almost 60 guests, who had the chance to enjoy traditional London Pie and Mash for dinner and then rate some delicious home made dessert pies, at our 5th Birthday Pie-rty held in Birmingham. So what were all these lovely pies?

You can read about the pie party itself - as opposed to just about the pies that were eaten and rated there - in our "Pierate's 5th Birthday Pie-rty" article!


Following in the footsteps of our Pierate Pie Contest 2013, guests had the chance to bring their own pie creations – this time for dessert – with a wide range of pies (and a few “pies”) brought along and thoroughly enjoyed! There was a great selection of dessert pies provided, ranging from the traditional apple and fruit pies to chocolate and cherry and one containing three snickers bars! Naturally the guests were told about the 7 Cs of pie rating and able to give the pies they tried a pie rating!

Home made Pie Party Review
The home made pies of the Pierate Birthday Pie-rty!
Thanks once again to all those who brought a home made pie along with them. It was a great selection and people thoroughly enjoyed them!

The Pierateers also got in on the act, making a fruit pie for dessert. The apple pie Pierateer RAS made was significantly less exotic than the crocodile pie he made a few months ago, which went on to star in the Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice pie episode in which it was rated by none other than Michelin star winning TV chef Michel Roux Jr! However his fruit pie proved popular with the guests and other friends who tried it.

Caroline Artiss Apple Pie Review
Rob used the apple pie recipe by Youtube Chef Caroline Mili Artiss - who has her own Youtube Channel sharing lots of top recipes. This particular recipe can be found on the "indi" website which showcased this apple pie alongside some other goods from this time of year in a competition a few weeks ago. Though let's face it - what could possibly beat a good old apple pie?!

While it didn't quite bake evenly, I think I did the pie justice and the  additional pastry pie, knife and fork logo is reasonably clear on the top! A very nice, sweet apple pie which has a firm but crumbly crust was very tasty and strong enough to be able to pick up in your hand. And not a soggy bottom in sight - exactly what a Pierateer expects from their pie! I would definitely recommend you watch the video and give this apple pie a go. Great job Caroline!

Apple Pie Review

Apple Pie Review


Pierate Pie Party Guests

And let's not forget the savoury pies we were treated to at the party...

Dinner by The London Pie and Mash Company
The Pierateers had organised for dinner to be provided by The London Pie and Mash Company, a relatively new company who are able to cater for parties, festivals and other events. They served up, unsurprisingly, traditional London pie and mash – the name really does give it away! These minced beef pies, mash potato and liquor went down really well with the party guests, and many people enjoyed trying the vinegar and liquor with their pie for the first time. The vegetarian pies were filled with seasonal vegetables and got very good comments from those who tried one too.

Paul's Pies Pie Review
Paul's Pies as pie-rizes!
And if you think the pies look familiar, that’s because The London Pie and Mash Company use the authentic London pies made in London by Eel House Ltd pies – who we have already rated as “Pierate Recommended” with a great 5.73/7! (Click on the link and you can find out how to order some Eel House Ltd pies yourself!)

We also can't forget to mention the delicious Paul's Pies we were donated as the pie-rizes for those who had baked a homemade pie, who got to take home one of Paul’s Highly Rated Pies with them as a big thank you! Thanks to Paul’s Pies for providing a big box of their delicious pies!

RAS

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Pierate’s 5th Birthday Pie-rty

Celebrating 5 years of www.pierate.co.uk with our second pie party/contest!


Pierate Pie Party Guests

We’ve been talking about it for weeks, but on Saturday 22nd November we completed our ‘Month of birthday surPIEses’ – in celebration of 5 years since www.pierate.co.uk began! Having celebrated International Pierate Day 2014 less than two weeks ago, we gave almost 60 guests the chance to rate some pies at our 5th Birthday Pie-rty, held in Birmingham.

Pierate Pie Party Guests
The party kicked off with a big welcome to the many guests who attended as people dropped off their homemade pies and got ready for a fun evening of pie eating and rating. Pierateer RAS kicked off proceedings with a brief “pie-light reel” of some of the exciting developments that have happened aboard the Pierate Ship over the past five years – in particular our various radio and television appearances in the last twelve months and judging at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Dinner by The London Pie and Mash Company
This was swiftly followed by dinner time! You’ll be pleased to know that dinner and dessert pie eating took up the two largest chunks of time in the “pie chart” produced for the evening! The Pierateers had organised for dinner to be provided by The London Pie and Mash Company, a relatively new company who are able to cater for parties, festivals and other events. They served up, unsurprisingly, traditional London pie and mash – the name really does give it away! These minced beef pies, mash potato and liquor went down really well with the party guests, and many people enjoyed trying the vinegar and liquor with their pie for the first time. The vegetarian pies were filled with seasonal vegetables and got very good comments from those who tried one too.

Pierate Pie Party Homemade Pies
The brilliant homemade pies!
The London Pie and Mash Company did a great job of catering for the 60 guests, taking over the hall’s kitchen and providing hot pie and mash for the guests. I’d wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone else organising a pie party or event. And if you think the pies look familiar, that’s because The London Pie and Mash Company use the authentic London pies made in London by Eel House Ltd pies – who we have already rated as “Pierate Recommended” with a great 5.73/7! (Click on the link and you can find out how to order some Eel House Ltd pies yourself!)

Following in the footsteps of our Pierate Pie Contest 2013, guests had the chance to bring their own pie creations – this time for dessert – with a wide range of pies (and a few “pies”) brought along and thoroughly enjoyed! There was a great selection of dessert pies provided, ranging from the traditional apple and fruit pies to chocolate and cherry and one containing three snickers bars! Naturally the guests were told about the 7 Cs of pie rating and able to give the pies they tried a pie rating!

You can read about and see more pictures of the pies that were eaten and rated at our 5th Birthday Pie-rty in our "Pies at the Pierate Party" article!


Paul's Pies Pie Review
Paul's Pies as pie-rizes!

All in all the pie party flew by and with a quick game of pass the piecel to end the night on, featuring some delicious Paul's Pies as the pie-rizes, everyone went home happy (particularly those who had baked a homemade pie, who got to take home one of Paul’s Highly Rated Pies with them as a big thank you!) Thanks to Paul’s Pies for providing a big box of their delicious pies for pie-rizes!



Pierateer RAS had this to say at the end of the night: "Many thanks to all those who helped in setting up and setting down the venue - I couldn't have done it without you! - and those who brought pies along. It was a pietastic evening of fun with friends and family! While there was unfortunately not time to work out whose homemade pie won in the end, I think we can all safely say that ‘everyone was a winner’ after an evening of fabulous pies from The London Pie and Mash Company and our home bakers!"

Here’s to many more fun pie nights ahead!

Pierateer Rob with Olac, from The London Pie and Mash Company

RAS

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