Friday 14 November 2014

Pierate Birthday Celebrations - Pieday Friday - 14th November 2014

It's Friday! It's Pieday!

Month of Birthday SurPIEses - 5 years of Pierate Pie Reviews

As you'll no doubt have noticed here on Pierate we really do enjoy rating pies - so much so that we have over 425 in our Pie Rankings at present and many more to add to it in the next few weeks!

But did you know we've been rating pies for 5 years now?! Yes, from that first post back on 12th November 2009 to the present day, we've been rating pies on the 7 Cs of pie rating and we did precisely that on Wednesday 12th November 2014! For we have designated this day "International Pierate Day" and you can read about the day and see our commissioned art work by @michlan in our International Pierate Day 2014 article!

In addition to encouraging you all to eat and rate pies on 12th November, Pierateer RAS also decided to try and solve the question of why shops sell mince pies before December?! To help him ponder this, he ate a mince pie for every meal that day and you can read the results here!

You can also catch up with all the latest birthday pie news by following our twitter hashtag of #InternationalPierateDay

Greek Pie Tour

You may not realise this but we're not just sailing the 7 Cs of pie rating to find the best pie in England or even the UK! We're looking for the best pie in the World!!!

As such, when we visit a new country we are always looking out for a pie-tential golden pastry treasure just waiting to be unearthed! And with Pierateer RAS heading out to Athens for the week, he'll be in search of any Greek Pies on offer!

Early indications look good, with a mention of "cheese pies" in the guide book he has about Greece, though having ordered a "spinach pie" on the first evening of his holiday, what was presented to him certainly didn't meet the criteria of a true pie! (It was more of a slice.)

Full reviews will be coming soon, but in the meantime check out his reasonably successful "When in Rome..." Pie Tour from this time last year!

Pie Tweet of the Week
Yep... so this week we had a tweet from Jamie Oliver. THE Jamie Oliver! And while we were disappointed to see him promoting a top crust recipe on his twitter account, we did aPIEreciate him admitting that a proper pie has to be fully encased in pastry when he was picked up on it by our pie friend Chris! Chris had just teased Jamie that he needed help, as a true pie needs pastry all the way round! Couldn't agree more Chris - see our definition of a true pie here!

Paul's Pies set for BBC Two feature tonight

You don't need to hear us banging on again about how we were on TV on the Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice.

But excitingly Paul Sykes, the founder of Paul's Pies and maker of our current number 1 and number 3 pies out of over 425 in our pie rankings is going to be appearing on BBC Two tonight (14th November). He shall be featuring with chef Tom Kerridge on his current TV show "Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes". We look forward to seeing him on there! And if you want to know a bit more about Paul and his pies, see our interview with him when we awarded Paul "Honoury Pierateer" status last year.

If you have a story you think would be good to feature in next week's Pieday Friday, send us an email at or contact us on Twitter @pierateers 

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