Thursday, 17 May 2012

Little picnic pies

At the beginning of April our Yorkshire chutney queens Julie and Hestor turned their able hands to a new project, and developed some dinky little versions of our beloved pies intended to be grab and go picnics. From nearly twenty varieties we - through rigorous testing (very technical) - whittled it down to a handful of favourites, intended to go into our shops as "pick and mix" picnic pies. 

And then it rained and it rained and it rained and it rained. The fields became muddy and our calves were getting stuck in the quagmire (we pulled them out, don't worry). Kevin, the stockman who looks after the pigs, had to put bales and bales of straw down to stop us losing little piglets to the mud. Just as we were about to gather our animals up two by two and load them into a big boat, the sun came out (yesterday), so out little pies are hitting the shops for the weekend, hooray!

Here's the menu:

Black pudding and sausage pinwheels
Chicken, bacon, prune and spring onion pie
Bacon, pork, sage and applepie
Stilton and caramelised onion quiche
Steak, stilton and caramelised onion pie

We'll be trialling them in Askew Road and Moxon Street to start, with the intention of having them in all of our shops if they're a success. Let us know if you try them, we've got everything crossed for a sunny picnic-or-BBQ weekend...

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