Month: February 2014

Pie 51: The Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Pie

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Back where it all began
Back where it all began

Hello pie lovers, have you been missing your meat filled fix of pastry based ramblings? I know have. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks meaning that footballing visits have been restricted to Saturdays and as such the pie trail has gone a little cold recently, but fear not I’m back with a wee special edition for you, the Kirkintilloch Rob Roy pie. What makes this pie special? This pie is where it all began, the very first pie reviewed on Meat Filled Pastries. So why am I reviewing it again, I though this was only for new pies? Well quite simply I want to do a proper job of it this time. When looking back on the review it is apparent that this pie review had suffered for the pressures of being the debut edition as it  turned out to be a little sparse in its detail. So on this occasion I want to give it the full beans, something which appropriately enough goes rather well with a steaming hot pie.

So without much further ado, let’s rate some pie!

Where: Adamslie Park, Rob Roy v Pollok, West Superleague Premier Division

Price: A bargain price of £1 ranking it as one of the cheapest pies found on the menus of kiosks up and down the country.

Presentation: Much like the first time this pie was presented in a single sheet of floral print kitchen roll, a welcome distraction from the usual monotony of the medium sized white napkin.

Meatiness: This was a perfectly pleasant meaty morsel. The meat was of a coarse mince texture but held together very well meaning the bite you took was a true representation of the amount of pie that actually ended up in your mouth. The base taste was more savoury over the usual peppery nature of a scotch pie but there was also a background note of sweetness to it something I assumed was coming from some well softened onions deep within the mix. It would have been easy to attribute the sweetness to the dollop of brown sauce sitting proudly on top of the pastry but the taste was definitely coming from this pie’s meaty core.

Pastry: When I do these reviews I send myself a quick text message with the price, presentation, tasting notes etc. As I review my notes on this pie I notice that I have nothing about the pastry. Zilch. Nada. Nienti. Hee-to-the-Haw. Now when this happen it usually means one thing, and as I rack my brains going back to the moment my lips were caressed by a combination of pastry and meat I believe that this one thing is applicable on this occasion. That one thing being that the pastry was alright. Nothing better or worse and sometimes that’s all a pie needs. Let’s move on.

Overall: As a return to pies goes this one was defiantly worth a re-visit. It certainly appears in retrospect my first assessment may have been a tad harsh on this little pie. It was tasty, tasted of meat and the note of sweetness differentiates it from the rest of the pack.

Gravy Factor: Better than Bog Standard Bisto.

That felt good, I was worried I’d forgotten how to write about pie for a minute there. Next weekend I have the pleasure of a ski focused stag do to go to so where the next pie will come from at this time I just don’t know, Strathspey Thistle are at home and just down the road from our lodge so if the snow doesn’t play ball you might get something from the Pighlands (rubbish pun!).

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

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Pie 50: The Penicuik Athletic Pie

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Half a Century of Pie, Jings!
Half a Century of Pie, Wowzers!

50 Pies. Half a century of this meat filled madness and I’m loving every minute of it. I hope you are too, and what better way to celebrate my fiftieth meaty masterpiece than by writing a review about it in all its delectability. It’s the third pie of the week and a return to junior football, where this journey started. Lower league football is where the true diversity in pies comes from, unlike stadia such as Ibrox, Hampden and Celtic Park the pie proprietors at these ground tend to use local butchers and suppliers creating their own unique taste sensations. My promise to you is as we continue to set our sights on 100 handfuls of pastry perfection is to find even more pies from as many nooks and crannies of Scottish football as I can.

So without much further ado, let’s add another chapter to this Pynasty, and rate some pie!

Where: Penicuik Park, Penicuik Athletic v Pollok, Scottish Junior Cup Fourth Round Replay

Price: £1.20, proving that from west coast to east in junior football £1.20 is the price for your pie to be.

Presentation: It’s baaaaaack! Almost knowing that this was the fiftieth pie, the little black dress of the pie world, the medium-sized white napkin struts its gravy catching stuff once again. A timeless look for these meat and pastry beauties.

Meatiness: This was a pie with many a layer of flavour. On first bite it tasted like a pretty bog standard scotch pie, the meat well packed with room for the meat to breath and with a texture that was forgiving to the bite whilst letting the odd morsel fly solo on the edge of your lip. A few more bites and a sweet oniony taste appeared, which was strong enough for me too pull my head back and inspect the innards of this particular pie searching for a translucent fleck of chopped onion. There was none but the taste was most definitely there. A few more bites and the pie was done leaving a long peppery finish. I mean this pie was still playing table tennis with my taste buds long after I had guzzled my post pie can of Irn Bru,

I think I can honestly say that this pie took me on the kind of journey that would see The Hairy Bikers try to stretch a 10 part TV series out of it. My only grumble was that it could have been warmer but given the particularly chilly conditions of the day I’m willing to let that slide on this occasion.

Pastry:  As I write this review I’m struggling to remember exactly what this pastry tasted of suggesting that it was nothing spectacular. What I do remember though is its appearance with the lid sealed all the way to the top as opposed to leaving a small lip that most scotch pies have. It was also flakier than usual, so much so that when I finally got home a couple of hours later and untied my scarf there were still crumbs of pastry scattered across my top. Functional pastry with a twist on the traditional pastry casing.

Overall: A pie that seemed to get better the more I remembered about it. It’s ever-changing flavour profile being a particular highlight with its shortcrust/puff pastry hybrid casing adding a dimension that makes it stand on its own.

Gravy Factor: Nostalgic Gravy. The kind of gravy that the longer you leave since you had it the better it seems to taste.

Well I did it. When the week started I thought I would struggle to get three reviews done before my next footballing adventure. 50 is a great achievement and I have surprised myself with the dedication I have shown to the pie cause, here’s to 50 more.

The next stop might be meaty but is it going to be all about the pie?

Until next time, go forth and eat pie!

My latest piece ‘The Descendants of Djemba Djemba’ can be found not only on Leading The Line but also at http://terracepodcast.net/  looking at some of the African players who have left an impression on Scottish football, both good and bad, once again it’s not about pies but I promise you it’s thoroughly decent.

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Pie 49: The Greenock Morton ‘Steak’ Pie

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Back to the lap of luxury...it's STEAAAAK!
No Pies were harmed in the making of this review.

Did you know the word luxury started out as a term most commonly associated with sexual intercourse in the 1300’s? I certainly didn’t and whatever comparison you have now made between the physical act of making love and a golden filled pastry packed with meat and gravy is entirely of your own doing. As part of good housekeeping I should probably confirm that I am never going to tell you to make love to a pie, firstly it’s not that kind of site and secondly it would just be a downright waste. This is not American Pie, you are not Jim, please keep your pants on!

Anyway, welcome back to Meat Filled Pastries where we love pies, not make love to them. This is the second review of a packed week of pie and a long-awaited return to the luxury market with our second offering from Cappielow, home of Greenock Morton.

So without much further ado, let’s rate some pie!

Where: Cappielow, Greenock Morton v Queen of the South, SPFL Championship

Price: At £1.80 it is 30p more expensive that the standard scotch offering at Cappielow but when compared with other luxury offerings it’s priced towards the cheaper end of the scale. As it happens, I nearly missed out on this pastry present to myself, only being alerted to its existence by the chap behind me promptly ordering one for himself and I hope his 3 friends. I imagine it’s the first time anyone has given back a pie at the football but 3 pies in one 90 minute sitting is too much, even for this lover of all things pastry filled and meaty.

Presentation: One of the few luxury steak pies to go against popular convention and not present itself inside a tin foil case, instead flying solo on a napkin of similar size, colour and heat resistance to that the Morton scotch pie was provided on.

Meatiness: This was a steak and gravy pie, the steak was tasty and well seasoned with the right mixture of large chunks and smaller strands of meat distributed throughout. The gravy that surrounded it was seasoned well with a salty as opposed to peppery undertone of flavour which for my palate was perfectly pleasant. As nice as the pie was I am disappointed to report that it was rather cold, not undercooked in any way, shape or form but tasted like it had been sat out for a while before it had made its way into my paws. The taste of the pie was good but I can’t help but wonder if a hotter pie would have tasted even better with the gravy surrounding the steak being glorious and unctuousness as opposed to a little congealed.

Pastry: The pastry suffered from the cold too as it appeared a little pale and limp as opposed to crisp and golden.  The softness of the pastry did make for a really forgiving bite and little mess but from a personal standpoint a good luxury pie should result in puff pastry flakes in your beard and a dribble of gravy down the side of your mouth. This pastry, although perfectly serviceable, robbed me of that satisfaction, and as a result was a little disappointing.

Overall: A pie of frustration. It was tasty but I feel that if this pie had retained some it’s warmth then it would have undoubtedly gained even more ticks in my flavour boxes. A simple message to all you purveyors of match day pies, make sure they’re warm, especially when it’s hats and gloves weather.

Gravy Factor: Leftover Pie. You could heat it up but that would involve getting off the couch, turning the oven on, waiting for it to heat up and then having to repeat the process all over again. After you’ve eaten it you’re happy because you’ve eaten a pie but if that little bit more effort was made to inject it with warmth it probably would have been that wee bit better.

One pie shy of 50, and that my friends will be winging its way to you before the week is out with a return to the junior pie ranks and a scotch pie offering from Penicuik Athletic.

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.

Pie 48: The Greenock Morton Pie

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If I don't say this pie is excellent Kenny Shiels will hunt me down...
If I don’t say this pie is excellent Kenny Shiels will hunt me down and then refuse to comment as to why

Hello and welcome to the first of what will be a veritable cornucopia of meat filled pastries this week, a list so long that I have resorted to my first ever Saturday evening special to prevent me falling behind. The reason for this volume of pie to be reviewed, postponements.

Now, when a fixture is postponed on a Saturday the stomachs of those unfortunate fans who are effected start to rumble, almost chanting the following phrases from deep within;

“Where’s my meat?”,

‘Where’s my pastry?”

”Where’s my pie?”,

“Where’s my gravy?”

You try to kid it on by going to the supermarket, fondling the chilled aisle and coming home to stick a pie in the oven, getting a bit of kitchen roll (never a plate) and eating it on your couch. But your body knows, it always knows, that this is not right and so you are left still unfulfilled with a sadness in your eyes, knowing that this empty feeling will not subside until the next time there’s a chill in the air and a meat filled pastry in your hand. I’m here to help you fill that void, even if it just by a little tiny bit.

As the weather continues to be more temperamental than the French national team during training at a major championships, midweek football starts to become the norm and so the opportunities to bite into even more meaty morsels present themselves. Which is good news for the site but not so good for the waistline. Now before I continue it’s important to note that this particular fixture rearrangement was not as a result of the weather but a tragic event during the match the previous Saturday, and the free entry gesture from Morton and the £6000 raised for the St. Andrews First Aid Group by fans of both sides is testament to the good that football can do.

But as I said there is a lot of meaty goodness to get through this week and so without much further ado. Let’s rate some pie!

Where: Cappielow, Greenock Morton v Queen of the South, SPFL Championship

Price: £1.50. Much like the £1.20 mark in junior football pies, £1.50 is fast becoming the anticipated price for a pie at an SPFL ground outwith the Premiership.

Presentation: A racier version of the medium-sized white napkin, this was a little thinner and a little smaller than what has fast become the standard presentation style found on Meat Filled Pastries.

Meatiness:  I know I say this a lot but the pie was thankfully meaty in both flavour and texture. I also know that a statement such as this could be deemed as redundant when reviewing a meat filled pastry however I do so to make it easy to distinguish when one doesn’t meet the tasting criteria required of such a snack because unfortunately sometimes they don’t. There was a hint of pepper but it was very faint and for my palate it would have been nice for it to have been stronger either during or after consumption. It was also a tad greasy meaning that some of that faint pepper flavour was washed away even further. It was nice but nothing that had me scrambling back to the queue for another.

Pastry: The pastry was quite short, not in texture but in height resulting in a squat little pie that snuggly secured the meat inside. But that snugness meant that when larger bites were taken the pastry caused the meat to flick up in the air that put my cat-like reactions to the test. As always I consumed this pie prior to kick off so there was no distraction from the game itself but I’d imagine it could result in you missing an important piece of on the field action if you partake in your pie during the game.

Overall: Sorry Kenny but I can’t call this pie excellent. I can call it nice and pleasant but I can’t go much further than that. It was lacking a wee bit of punch and for my taste the slight film of grease left on my lips was something I could have done without. I reckon that there will be some people who really like this pie due to its relative inoffensiveness but for me I want my pie to have a bit of bite.

Gravy Factor: Safe Gravy. The gravy that you’ve made thousands of times, one that you quite like but that gets you annoyed each time you make it because you wish you had found a way to do it better.

So another pie down but not the last we shall hear from Cappielow  as the next entry will be a long-awaited return to the luxury market with the streak and gravy offering from The ‘Ton.

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.