A solid start. I think that’s fair to say. Four main bakes into the new season, with the pace and tone set straight from the off, with the Pie Season Classic of Beef in Blue Moon. Two subsequent turnouts both featured a lid-only approach; both for pragmatic and attitudinal reasons – which are one and the same thing when it comes to washing up. The last before the break being a return to fully encased; with a more confident blind-baking being something of a feature this season. Yes, it’s gonna shrink, but let’s build that into the plan. For the main part there’s been decent Sunday afternoon footy on the radio, taking me, with red wine, into the early evening goodness of this 13th Doctor.
Top Left: that inaugural bake. The return to the Blue Moon a tribute to a sadly lost friend.
Top Right: Top-only. Chicken, leek, chestnut mushrooms and pancetta. Pie meets Pi.
Bottom Left: Top-only #2; The Road to Wigan Pie… Leeds United having clung on and clung on to get all 3 points. Slow roasted pork leg with apple.
Bottom Right: A Little Love. Mediterranean Beef with chorizo, red wine and black olives.
The season resumes after a hiatus (don’t say it..) through the rest of November. For previous years’ efforts, reviews, recipes and regrets, start, I guess, here and work backwards through the years.
Top illustration by INKY CONDITIONS