rcharlesworth
Its British Pie week.  This week we featured a whole host of pies and unusual facts.  The most controversial of all debates about pies is, of course, restaurants in the US calling a pie made with ground beef which name is a 'Cottage Pie' a 'Shepherd's Pie'!  NO NO NO!  Shepherd's Pie is made with ground lamb... hence its a Shepherd's Pie... Please make sure you let all American restaurants know the error of their ways...

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Last year, the 'Make wrongly describing a casserole with a pastry lid as a pie a criminal offence' petition earned 5,687 signatures arguing that a 'pie' with a puff pastry lid is not actually a pie, and is a casserole instead: "For too long customers in pubs and restaurants have ordered what is described on the menu as a pie only to be served with casserole in a pot covered by a puff pastry lid. This is not a pie and is also curiously difficult to consume.

"A pie is defined by the OED as "A baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry." This petition urges the implementation of criminal sanctions upon the owners of food outlets that serve items described as pies without a pastry base."

Back to our beloved Shepherd's Pie... I guess its not even a pie at all [smile]

Here is a good recipe for
1. Shepherd's pie - made with Lamb 
2. Cottage pie - made with Beef

Source: Telegraph, UK

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