Now with the weather taking a decidedly wintery turn again, pies the bigger and more filling the better I think need to be on the cards to keep us all warm.
But that doesn’t mean it needs to contain meat, I am very partial to a roasted vegetable and feta pie. Include butternut squash or sweet potato and hunger is more than satisfied. Or the Creamy leek, potato and Gruyère pie, http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/creamy-leek-potato-and-gruyere-pie/, from Delicious Magazine.
Some may say such a focus on this filled pasty foodstuff could be a little over the top but do not underestimate the passion and commitment pie lovers have for them. Take Mr Bill T Wulf for example. His views on what constitutes a pie he feels are that important he has submitted a HM Government E-Petition “Make wrongly describing a casserole with a pastry lid as a pie a criminal offence.” He is unfortunately way off the required number of signatures for it to be considered. The required number of 100,000 and he has at present 5,592 pie-tastic signatures with the e-petition closing at 23.59 on March 30th 2015.
We love our pies in Cumbria whether they’re from a bakery, shop or in pubs and restaurants. But the pinnacle of pie purchasing in Cumbria has to be at Tebay Services. The mouth watering selection of pies ranging from mini to biggies is fantastic. Scotch pies, duck, plum and Armagnac, haggis, neeps & tatties, pork & black pudding, pork & stilton, mixed game with beetroot chutney…..look I could go on forever, I think you get the point that Tebay Services has a vast choice.
Enjoy pies made from their own butchered meat next door at the Tebay Services Hotel too. I don’t know what could be better than staying there this week during British Pie Week, eating pies there and coming home with an absolute ram packed boot full of them from the Tebay Services farm Shop!