Month: January 2014

Pie 47: The Albion Rovers Pie

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'In next weeks programme...'
‘In next weeks programme…’

Guess what? It’s time for another entry into the Meat Filled Pastries Hall of Fame. Yay! Before we get started I want to share one of the many reasons why I enjoy venturing to football down the leagues on a weekly basis. My first game of football was part of generational tradition, my dad was taken by his dad, he then took me and, if I ever screw the nut and stop gibbering on about pies, I would like to keep that tradition going. We always stand in the same place, with the same people around us, different ages and backgrounds all gathered to take part in the joy of a Saturday afternoon at the football.

A lot of the time, the discussions would continue long after the final whistle had gone in the pub round the corner leaving me with people who have been watching football for 50, 60 years and regaling stories of a time when the team were so much better than they are today. I love that. The unity that football brings amongst those who would more often than not be strangers. Unfortunately this past week, one of those friends passed away, but instead of being sad about the life that’s been lost I’m thankful that I took the opportunities I had to listen to the stories he told and for the continual enjoyment that this ragtag group of football fans bring me. I’d strongly advise that if you’ve sat or stood beside somebody for years and never said hello then get your thumb out your bum and fling out a wave, if all else fails you can always talk about the football.

This week, as a small tribute, this review is for Bill. So without much further ado, let’s rate some pie.

Where: Cliftonhill, Albion Rovers v Berwick Rangers, SPFL League Two

Price: £1.50, a price that I couldn’t see but one that the ladies behind the pie counter at Cliftonhill were happy to provide. About average for the level of football on offer in Scottish League Two.

Presentation: A break from the classic white napkin…well kind off. It was a bit smaller than usual and it appeared to be pulled from a larger roll as opposed to an individual offering, but it was most definitely white. I think the next pie I have that does not come wrapped in a white napkin of sorts, I will nominate for entry into Le Louvre.

Meatiness: I would call this a proper mutton pie, well filled without being overly so. The meat was moist from it’s own juices and fell apart like a good pie should once bitten, almost perfect in texture. There was a lovely hit of pepper, not spicy but enough to notice it and the taste itself was totally changed once a bite was taken with the incredibly tangy brown sauce that was provided to squirt on top. If I hadn’t already had my lunch I most likely would have got another one.

Pastry: The pastry was a standard crust, contributing to the overall pie eating experience without blowing me away. It held up well and there was no spillage as each bite was taken although the top was a little loose which meant the last two mouthfuls involved using both left and right hands. The pastry shouldn’t have to be the star of the show and in this case it wasn’t but deserves an honourable mention as part of the supporting cast in this mouthful of meat.

Overall: A tasty pie, with the right mix of meat, pastry and spice. The brown sauce, as I said earlier, was extremely tangy and I imagine for some palates would be a bit too much but for me added another dimension of flavour that my taste buds enjoyed.

Gravy Factor: Jolly good gravy with an optional brown sauce inspired tongue tingling kick.

One more thing before we scrunch up the napkin of pie 47 and set our sights on more meat filled pastries. I have often said that pie makers at football grounds should do more to advertise their meaty wares. Well, I’m happy to report that at Cliftonhill there was advertising a plenty championing the name of JB Christies, who after a bit of research turn out to be quite the pie makers. If you make the pies, then make sure we know about it.

Next stop for Meat Filled Pastries, weather permitting, will be Penicuik Athletic from the East Region of the junior football scene but should that fail then the next stop on this tour of pie could be you!

Until next time, go forth and eat pie!

My latest piece for www.thefootballbloggingawards.co.uk looks at the new found tradition of kicking the ball out of play when a player goes down ‘injured’ go have a look it’s almost as good as all the pie chat.

Did you know you can Subscribe to Pie? Simply go to www.meatfilledpastries.com and hit the ‘Follow’ link on the right and you will get an email advising of the glorious news that a new pie blog is ready for your consumption and while you are at it why not have a look at ‘Leading The Line’ a blog not based solely on Pies, crazy I know! The link is on the left hand side, and remember to visit ‘MeatFilledMerch’ for all your pie fashion needs where any personal profit made will go to The Grambler: Kick Cancer’s Backside Fund’ a truly worthwhile cause.

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Pie 44: The Kilbirnie Ladeside Pie

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Hello 2014! Let's Keep Eating Pie!
Hello 2014! Let’s Keep Eating Pie!

Welcome to Meat Filled Pastries, and the first review of 2014. While people are making resolutions about eating salads spritzed with some low-fat dressing that taste like a fairy’s fart your friendly football following pie man has but one resolution: Eat More Pie! I want to continue to smother these meat filled bad boys in brown sauce and tell you lovely folk all about them. I want to find more luxury, discover the unusual and if I’m lucky see some rather good games of football along the way.

So with that said, there is no time to be wasted. Let’s rate some pie!

Where: Valefield Park, Kilbirnie Ladeside v Pollok, West Superleague Premier Division

Price: £1.20. With enough change left over to buy a Bovril from the £2 coin in my pocket this pie fell bang in the middle of the price range associated with junior level pies.

Presentation: A small white napkin, sufficient to grasp the pie securely and leave a small corner to dab away the rather healthy splurge of brown sauce that I had chosen to place upon this pie.

Meatiness: A mutton pie that was filled sufficiently to give the right balance of meat to pastry. The meat inside was flavoured very well and although it did not have the peppery kick my palate usually would crave it was more than compensated by the lovely savoury flavour that filled my mouth. In terms of texture the meat inside was near perfect. Falling apart just enough to allow a generous bite without fear of a meaty waterfall cascading down your arm and a puddle of meaty disappointment forming on the terracing below. I had missed my lunch and this pie certainly was helping to fill that hole.

Pastry: Although the pastry may look a  little underdone in the picture I can confirm that it was baked sufficiently to support the meat inside whilst allowing a bite free of any jagged edges. The top was a little loose which resulted in a small blob of brown sauce ending up on my nose at one point but that aside the pastry was a success in providing the necessary support for the meat within without being devoid of taste itself.

Overall: Without having that spicy kick I normally rave about it would be understandable to expect me to say this pie was no better than average, however that was not the case. It was well seasoned and had a lovely bite with a meat and pastry combination amongst some of the best I’ve had. My only negative was that unfortunately when I went to get a second just before half-time they had run out, and to run out before half-time is over is simply unforgivable.

Gravy Factor: The kind of gravy I wish I could have had more of at the time. Many a chef will always advise to ‘leave them wanting more’ but when it comes to a pie at a football game I don’t want to have to go without, even if it is seconds.

Another pie down and if you have read this far down then I know you are keen and like the words I write so I will give you my bonus resolution and let you do with it what you will, it simply reads: Get a Free Pie.

Remember  you can visit www.footballbloggingawards.co.uk where I talk football in a non pie based manner, my latest entries look at the rules surrounding football celebrations and a look at how we as fans can help deal with homophobia in the game we all love. My next tale of pie will be at as a yet to be determined location as the weather is playing havoc with my sporting adventures at the moment but as soon as I know I’ll get it put on Twitter.

However as always, until next time, go forth and eat pie!

Did you know you can Subscribe to Pie? Simply go to www.meatfilledpastries.com and hit the ‘Follow’ link on the right and you will get an email advising of the glorious news that a new pie blog is ready for your consumption and while you are at it why not have a look at ‘Leading The Line’ a blog not based solely on Pies, crazy I know! The link is on the left hand side, and remember to visit ‘MeatFilledMerch’ for all your pie fashion needs where any personal profit made will go to The Grambler: Kick Cancer’s Backside Fund’ a truly worthwhile cause.