TO some, this is a pie. To others, it’s a casserole wearing a hat.
The great divide in opi(e)nion was highlighted in a letter to the editor today, in which a reader lamented the rise in pots of meat masquerading as as pies on pub menus.
In an argument so passionately written that it could have seen him swept into the States if only it had been election time, the reader wrote: ‘May I, through your esteemed newspaper, make this appeal: To all restaurants, public houses and all other eateries in our fair island, a pot of meat with a bit of puff pastry slung on top is not a pie. When Simple Simon met a pie man, he wasn’t offered a pot with a puff pastry lid and when Desperate Dan sits down to a nourishing Cow Pie, he does not see a pair of cow horns protruding from a puff-pastry top floating on top of a bowl of cow.
‘A pie has a base and sides, and a neatly crimped-on lid. It is filled with meat or chicken, or even vegetables if you must, but, most importantly, it can be picked up in two hands and eaten – that is a true pie (and the pastry is short crust)’
So, let’s forget the cost-of-living crisis, the never-ending hospital saga, all the housing problems and everything else that’s going on in the world right now and settle this debate once and for all by taking part in our very important poll below…