Waiter, there’s something in my… pie!


Wtsim_feb_button_red_smallWell, I must say that WTSIM seems to be off to a flying start – Andrew collected fifty (that’s five oh, folks!) entries for our inaugural edition of my, Johanna‘s and Andrew‘s shiny new event.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that the roundup is the definitive repository of modern (and ancient!) stew recipes in the blogosphere today…

Clearly, none of you have been able to sleep, what with the excitement of waiting for the announcement of the February theme.  Seeing as I’m not by nature a malicious person, I thought what the heck, let me hurry up and put you out of your misery.  The theme for February will be (drum roll…) pies!

Aaaaah, pie.  One of life’s great joys when made well, one of life’s great disappointments when not.  Sweet, savoury, chunky, dainty, warm cold… there really is a pie to suit every occasion.  Now, in keeping with WTSIM’s spirit of inclusiveness, we have decided to leave the decision up to you as to whether you want to make a sweet or a savoury pie, so whether it’s your Grammy’s apple pie or your Uncle Basil’s famous steak & kidney pie – either will do!  The only little limit we have set, though, is that it must be a closed pie in other words, no flans or tarts or quiches.  The filling must be invisible when the pie is served.  So fish pie would be OK, but tarte tatin would not. Everybody clear?

Other than that, let your imagination run wild.  As always, it would be nice if you could make something that is connected with where you live or were born.  Think all-American apple pies, think English chicken pot pies, think Latin-American empanadas, think Italian calzone.  Or otherwise, how about something seasonal where you are at the moment (erm… Brussel sprout pie, anybody?!?).  Either way, you get the picture.  Anything goes – as long as its modesty is properly covered with some sort of crust.

Here is the small print:

1. Write up your pie (closed, remember!) and please link back to this announcement in your post.

2.  E-mail me.  Please make sure that Waiter there’s something in my features in the subject line.

3. In the e-mail please include:

  • the URL of your entry
  • your blog’s name
  • the name of the dish
  • your approximate location

4.  The deadline for entries is Monday 26 Feb and I hope to have the roundup posted by the end of that week.

So… what are you waiting for?  Go and roll that pastry, chop that filling and let your house be filled with the fabulous smell of golden, crispy, delicious, warm pies! 

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  1. spittoonextra says

    Waiter There’s Something In My… Pie

    Jeanne has announced the second round of Waiter There’s Something In My… and the theme? PIE! We had a tremendous start to Waiter There’s Something… last month with 50 entries on the theme of Stews. I do hope you can…

  2. says

    Hi Kristen
    I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll make :-)
    Hi Haalo & Andrew
    Hey – as long as the filling is invisible, it’s a covered pie in my book. Meringue is good, so is frangipane – and Andrew, I believe I actually mentioned fish pie (with its traditional mash topping!) by name in the post 😉
    Hi Pille
    Can’t wait to see!

  3. says

    So mash or sliced potato topped is cool? So shepherd’s/cottage pie, or some variation on lancashire hotpot is allowed?
    Also, do pasties count as pies? Filling covered in a pastry? It’s just that I was thinking about coming up with a selection of mini pasties for a dinner party I might be cooking for. Plus, I’ve got nothing to cook a proper pie in right now, unless it’s a bit small, I borrow something from friends or I go out and get something suitable to cook it in. But pasties I could get away with. I’ve also go my eye on a nice mini, deep-fried, veggie Indian pasty recipe, although it doesn’t sound a pie-ish somehow. Although the wikipedia entry for pasty does say it’s a type of pie, so I figure I might be OK on that front 😉
    I’m also guessing that if the filling is to be covered, then a crumble is also allowed? I love all fruit crumbles.. especially at this time of year!

  4. says

    That could be very interesting. I’ve never made any pie in my life. But I do think it’s time to give it a try… I’ll have to digg my cook books for an appropriate recipe :)

  5. says

    Hi Scott
    Your personally engraved invite is in the post 😉 Look forward to seeing what you dream up.
    Hi Malinka
    By all means – as long as there is a filling and it’s completely covered by a crust, that’s fine – twists and all!
    Hi Mark
    Phew – a whole string of questions! I think generally the answer to them all is yes, although I think that including Lancashire hotpot under the heading of pie might be pushing it a bit 😉 Mashed potato is great, as are pasties and deep-fried pastries – and as long as the crumble hides the filling, that’s fine. Happy pie-making!
    Hi Ash
    I look forward to having you join in! Btw, I must e-mail you abotu the asynpoeding recipe I test-drove over the weekend. Yummy!
    Hi Ros
    THat’s the great thing abotu these events – they drag you out of your culinary comfort zone and give you an excuse to make something you’ve been meaning to. Can’t wait to see what you come up with :)
    Hi Astrid
    Truth be told, I haven’t either… Well, I’ve made fish pie but not an actual pastry pie, so it’s going to be a voyage of discovery for me too. Look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

  6. says

    chicken pot pies are American, not English. Or at least – I had never even heard of a chicken pot pie til I moved to the states.
    If I enter this I will be pushing the boundaries of what might constitute an acceptable entry, but if anyone will forgive me it will be a South African like you. Don’t worry – the pie WILL be closed, whether I make it myself or not is a different matter. I am not in the mood for making pie today, but eating one won’t cause me any pronblems – you’ll see…

  7. says

    WTSIM #2 Pie: Crumbly chicken mixed vegetable pie

    This month’s edition of the “Waiter, there’s something in my…” event ist hosted by Cooksister and calls all cooks to make pie, a closed pie. The filling must be invisible when the pie is served. Germany is not a classic “pie”-country. The only German…

  8. Bake me happy! says

    Chicken, leek and pea pie – cheatsversion

    I came across the Waiter, theres something in my pie event (hosted by Cook Sister!) a bit late, but given the trend for pies I thought Id share this recipe as a) its darn tasty and b) its incredibly easy. Now, I cheat – I …

  9. spittoonextra says

    Apple Pie

    A second entry to Waiter There’s Something In My… Pie, as hosted by Jeanne at Cooksister. Like yesterday’s Game Pie the pastry uses lard. Rather than encasing the whole in pastry I went for a simple lid. About 6 bramley…

  10. Rissa says

    Well, Tesco obviously thinks hotpot = pie… I ordered frozen meat ‘n’ potato pies online and got Lancashire hotpots as a “substitution” – so under the authority of Tesco, I declare it true! ;-D

  11. wench wear says

    Think all-American apple pies, think English chicken pot pies, think Latin-American empanadas, think Italian calzone. Or otherwise, how about something seasonal where you are at the moment (erm… Brussel sprout pie, anybody?!?). Either way, you get the picture. Anything goes – as long as its modesty is properly covered with some sort of crust.