Local Heart, Global Soul

June 7, 2014

Team Awesome Pull Off A MasterPIEce….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A Foodie friend of mine had a brilliant idea a short while ago:  she formed a group called “Team Awesome” and decided to make a dinner based around a theme.

Fellow foodie friends were invited to participate, entry to the “event” would be a dish cooked per the theme.

This particular weekend the theme was “Pie” so everyone got their rolling pins and pastry dishes out as we stretched our imaginations and culinary skills and endeavoured to come up with a delicious result.

“Pie”, I might need to explain, is in Europe (and most of the world) a savoury dish and not a sweet one as it is in North America, so most of the results featured pastry cases with fillings of meat, vegetables or both.

The resulting “entries” on the table consisted of everything from tried and true recipes to first time “this sounds interesting, let’s have a go” efforts and everyone agreed that there was something to suit all tastes and plenty of fabulous flavours.

I didn’t get photographs of every dish: I photographed one of mine but actually made several, a sweet crust apricot pie (easy because I had made and frozen the filling from fresh apricots last summer).

A chicken pie (also because I found  some frozen chicken pie filling in the freezer that like the apricot one, desperately needed using) and a tart flambé, where I cheated  because I got the ready made ultra thin pastry from a German friend, and all I had to do was add crème fraîche and top with chopped onion and bacon before baking…

The sweet pastry for the apricot pie was done in minutes in my food processor and the pastry for the chicken pie was of the ready made variety from the supermarket, so work on my part was minimal.

The evening was a grand success, the food was delicious and we are looking forward to the next theme so that we can have as much fun a second time around. Dishes that got photographed include:

Cauliflower and caramelised onion pie with Gruyère cheese and Parmesan on top…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Steak, Guinness and Roquefort Pie…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Cottage Pie…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Tarte Flambé with crème fraîche , chopped onion and bacon…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Pizza Pies! Tomato sauce and cheese (served toasted warm )…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Chicken, bacon, apple pie…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Chilli chocolate tart with nut brittle…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Lime curd / Marmalade meringue …

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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