Pieminister pies are popping up in Dublin at various lunch markets and food shops. I’m in a Heidi Pie phase myself. Love that goat cheese, sweet potato, spinach, red onion and roasted garlic . They’re available at the Thursday food market on Hatch Street, served with mash and mushy peas; they weigh about half a stone. The pies come in a cute box which says “This pie belongs to…” and I really wish the guy would write my name on my box. Maybe next week I’ll take a marker and ask him to do so. All of the Pieminister pies sound amazing and the names are fun to say–Henny Penny! Moo & Blue!–so I really should branch out.
Pieminister also does seasonal pies and has come out with flavors to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding. While I’m not too fussed about those particular nuptials, I was charmed at the notion of creating a pie to celebrate a blessed union. What would a gunternation wedding pie have contained?
I want our pie to celebrate the locality and also the era of the wedding, so what did September 1995 in Alabama taste like? My first thought–pork BBQ. Defo pork BBQ. And I remember eating a lot of black beans in the early 90s, so in they go. We planned a Fall wedding, so some butternut squash might be nice. And of course onions and garlic because everything is better with onions and garlic.
Then to toss in a bit of heritage–jalapenos to represent my hot Texas upbringing, and serve the pie with the North Alabama vinegar slaw popular in Bill’s hometown of Huntsville. How can that not be delicious? And for the name–Wedded Bliss. Awwwww.
Now for the sweet pie. We had Johnny Ray’s (now Baby Ray’s in Birmingham) pies at our rehearsal dinner, and a carrot cake wedding cake. Lemon pie is my favorite, Bill enjoys coconut, so perhaps a layer of carrot cake with coconut and a layer of lemon custard. This may have to be a topless pie, and what if the pastry contained a bit of autumnal spices–cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice? Lemon Spice pie!
Now I just need to tweet my ideas to @pieminister.
So, tell me readers, what would you put in your celebration pie?
In addition to the Thursday market, Pieminster pies are available at The Point market on the weekends and in these food shops:
- Fallon & Byrne
- Harvey Nichols
- Selected Super Quinn Stores (saw them in Sutton)