Monday, March 10, 2008
I have had a craving for pies every since I caught that Tim Burton movie.
You should know which one I'm talking about.
Yes, the one with the super talented Johnny Depp.
Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett and her meat pies.
Not just any meat pies mind you. Human meat pies.
But rest assured, my craving stops at meat pies, no further than that. NO further than chicken, beef or even mutton. I'm no cannibal and besides who in the world sells human meat pies these days?
If you're short on meat, heck, use potatoes or peas! Okay, I'm just saying. It probably won't taste any better than meat for sure. Okay enough about pie fillings. Let's get down to the real deal.
Solid meat pies. Where are they?
My dearest sis and I were really glad when Nora, the lovely lady who owns a certain famous pink cafe (come on, you know which one! I don't need to say it!) made us some meat pies.
And it's true when I say I've been craving for meat pies. I seldom eat pies, and it's not because I don't want to but rather, good ones are hard to come by, especially in Singapore. Okay maybe sweet dessert pies are more common. But meat pies, real good meat pies are a dime in a dozen.
Anyway Nora's pies are homely and really yummy. It was really sweet of her to bake me pies. I love chatting with her. Our conversations are far from boring and even though she's more senior (around my mum's age I think. not that it matters!). She's really youthful and it helps that we share a common interest - baking! I should learn how to bake these pies of hers.
Here's one of her chicken pies:
Yep, delibrately ate half so I could show you the insides! See, all chicken! No suspicious filling whatsoever *winks*
When it comes to pies, sometimes beef is better. I like chicken but I think it's partly the thick chunks of beef that always get to me. I like my meat and beef just feels more hearty and solid. Or maybe it's just a personal preference. That's why I always prefer beef stew to chicken stew!
So here's an inside look at the beef one:
Yummy ain't it?
There's also something that's downright rustic about these pies that make me like them so much. They're not over-the-top and yet they're not too delicate. Think home-made pies that your grannie or mum would make.
The crust is really good too. I like the shortcrust kind. I never understood pies that use puff pastry. Hmmm.. again, it's my personal preference.
Now my sis is bugging me to go hunt for all the places that sell really good and homely pies.
I shall perhaps make that my next quest.
Bring on the recommendations I say :D