Evidence that pie is an integral part of contemporary culture
Everyone loves a bit of Bond (that old double-croissant) and even more people like a bit of pastry with their Bond, which is why I think 'Piefall' was such a hit. And now we all know what the M stands for; whether your preference is beef, chicken or ham, M is such an essential ingredient.
The best way to cook a good pie is in a traditional oven and this is why I was pleased to see how well 'Aga' did in the BAFTA awards. Preparation of the inside of the pie is also important, however, and on this topic I really enjoyed the film version of Tolkein's famous story about characters from Middle Earth: 'The Hob'.
I've been re-reading some of the old classic books, too. (Get me with my cultural explorations!) Austen's 'Pie and Prejudice' is a fabulous story with its main themes reflected in the title: those old human instincts - an excessive desire for pastry and a leaning towards judging others. Golding's 'Lord of the Pies', too, with its use of pastry goods as a symbol for the deterioration of modern society, is a great story. And I'm loving Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crust', a tale of a man's survival on an isolated island, threatened as he is by cannibals who'd like nothing more than to put him between two layers of pastry.
Some of the plotlines are a little flaky, I have to say.
|Fran was also looking forward to her visit to the theatre to see 'Pie-malion', the classic|
George Bernard Shaw play about a lower-class girl who pronounced 'pastry' like 'pie-stry'
thereby proving herself unfit for the human race.