June 2011: I recently found myself (quite excitedly and SO happily) part of a fabulous group on twitter which, with the hashtag #LetsLunch, has a virtual lunch each month with everyone in the bunch “bringing along” something great by posting a photo and recipe of that dish. It sounds like such a brilliant idea.
So this month (my first and hopefully not my last!) the theme is PIES . . . so I have been wracking my brain all month (as I like to do…wrack) what pie to bring along. Much to my own surprise I have decided on a pie that is not in our book. Yep, NOT. It could actually be in the next book though!
(Now, if I’d gone down the Monday Morning Cooking Club route, I could have put in the unique and special ‘Betty’s fish pie’, Talia’s gorgeous raspberry tart or those delicious little meat perogen.)
But I decided to return to my early cooking days when I first moved to Sydney and spent a lot of time at Accoutrement cooking school doing a lot of really great classes.
One of the most memorable chefs was definitely Joanne Weir from California (Chez Panisse fame). She brought us American cooking, Alice Waters style. We learnt about calzone and red onion bread for the first time, about tarts and risottos, and so much more. She was an inspiration! And of course we bought all her books.
One of my favourite recipes is one from her 1994 book “From Tapas to Meze“, a book which takes you on a wonderful journey around the Mediterranean. This chicken pie (from the very exotic “The Levant” aka Turkey and the Middle East) was one of my absolute favourite things to make for years and years. And for a while it became a staple in my Australian kitchen – anyone who had a Sunday lunch at our place in the 90s, would have eaten this pie.
So it was a great trip down memory lane to make it again. And it tasted just as good (and exactly the same) as it did all those years ago.
It’s a terrific recipe that should really be started the day before eating.
For all the other LetsLunch posts, check out these links:
Anastasia‘s Strawberry Pie in Jars at Can It You Nit!
Caitlin‘s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Lemon-Lime Ice-Cream at Caitlin Shetterly
Cathy‘s Nutella Hand Pies at Show Food Chef
Charissa‘s Lime-Custard & Curd Pie at Zest Bakery
Danielle‘s Chicken Pot Pie at Beyond The Plate
Denise‘s Summer Chicken Pot Pie at Chez Us
Emma‘s Chinese Sausage & Roasted Sweet Potato Hand Pies at Dreaming of Pots and Pans
Linda‘s Dirt Pie with Compost Cookie Crust at Free Range Cookies
Lisa‘s Pilaf Pie with Chicken, Sultanas & Sweet Spices at Monday Morning Cooking Club
Mai‘s Mother-In-Law’s Three-Recipe Lemon Meringue Pie at Cooking in the Fruit Bowl
Rashda‘s Pecan Pie at Hot Curries & Cold Beer
Rebecca‘s Spanakopita & Rhubarb Crisp at Grongar Blog
Steff‘s Berry-Lemonade Icebox Pie at The Kitchen Trials
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