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Don’t even think about vegetable pies, or even chicken. Those are not real pies. Harsh but true. Bacon and egg pie is perfectly ok. It’s a staple, always has been. I’ve had a quiet and friendly word to the counter staff of bakeries where they believe it acceptable to put onion in the mix. It’s not. Don’t do it. Ever. Amusingly, my son told us from the UK via Skype or Facephone or whatever it’s called, he missed Kiwi pies with a vengeance. Pommie pies, where they could be found, were a terrible disappointment. I know. I’ve been there and searched. Scotch pies were not bad. They contained a slightly peppery meaty mix and a different but palatable pastry. And they were eaten hot. Unlike pork pies which are served cold. On picnics and the like. Not the same really. These were the good pies. The bad ones weren’t worth the effort. Really. And weirdly they were available at the chippie. Yes I know – it’s a tradition in some parts to have pie and chips and mushy peas. True. I have tried it. But even great chips and an overdose of vinegar could not disguise the fraudulent excuse within. Even our humblest pie – and I know from many road trips that dairies can flick these off at$1apop–wouldstandup against international tastings conducted by my son. The mere thought of the Big Ben and its tell-tale wrapper makes my son – who’s been abroad three years – salivate. We both considered the practicalities of popping a couple in the post. Seriously. He’s back for Christmas so he’ll just wait. But New Zealand has its own share of crap pies. We became good at finding bakeries and making value judgments before even getting out of the car in the depths of winter after soccer or rugby on Saturdays. We revelled scouring the ‘burbs on the way home for the hot treats which the boys loved. Some of the examples we sampled were unimpressive at best. There was only the one which was rejected after just a couple of bites. None of us could finish it. If I recall correctly, it was mince or mince and cheese (I dislike the latter – who puts cheese in such things?) The pastry was the dull yellow of cooked egg yolk and the interior a mysterious conglomeration of what surely must have been bile ducts and gizzards. Out the window for the birds they went. The children, incidentally, are not obese. It was a winter thing and seldom touched at other times. We would, however, make our own when the mood took us. The home favourite is spinach and feta (they do not allow me to use pine nuts any more...heathens). We’ve spiced this recipe up a little by biffing in a little sliced cabanossi or even biersticks. I have made steak and veg pie – it’s basically a casserole transferred to pastry. Lovely. It’s been a while since we’ve tried bacon and egg pie but I know it would disappear if I conjured one up. It’s all about simplicity really. Speed is also a factor these days with our busy lives. Thank goodness for ready- made pastry. And thank the Lord for pies. POiNT TO PONDer My kingdom for a pie Village on sound footing Howick Historical Village is being readied for significant conservation and maintenance work on its 32 buildings. Max Heron, who has been voted in for his third term as president of the Howick & Districts Historical Society and chairman of the village’s board says the society is in a sound financial position and significant expenditure is budgeted. Work on the Methodist Church, the Courthouse and Puhinui Homestead is nearing completion while planning for several other buildings is underway. Shell paths throughout the village have been upgraded and a contract to reseal the main driveway into the village has been let. In his annual report, Mr Heron acknowledges the financial support received from the Howick Local Board, together with grant funding from a number of charitable funding organisations. “Without the support from these groups the Historical Village could not operate and our collection of historic buildings would rapidly fall into disrepair and be lost to the Auckland community forever,” he says. Mr Heron paid tribute to the board of directors, which he referred to as a “board of collective competence”, along with the staff and many volunteers who make the village function serving as a unique historic attraction for Howick. “While the coming year will have its share of challenges, the board is confident it can continue to offer the village as an attractive and informative destination to visitors,” he says. The newly-elected board is: Pamela Taylor, secretary; Tim England, treasurer; directors, Professor Harry Allen, past presidents Alan La Roche and Ross Warren; Rob Mouncey, Andries Popping, Fred Holland and Trevor Warbrook. The humble pie is very much a Kiwi institution, says Nick, who prepares to tuck into a prize-winning pie from Greenland Bakery & Cafe at Botany.
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