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Chorizo pie, steak and mash pie, venison pie, risotto pie, chicken pot pie, pi, Apple Pie Pod, lemon meringue pie, key lime pie, butternet squash tart, cardamon-caramel pineapple pavlova, chocolate brownies, caramel brownies, cheese biscuits, cheese crisps, chocolate chip cookies, soda bread, cheesecake, a tuna-tomato pastry confection, "Wigan kebabs" (three pies on a skewer - crab, beef, plum), custard millefeuille, strawberry-topped cake, chocolate orange cake, cheese crisps, stuffed teddy bear pie, and many more, since I know I've forgotten several of the meat pies. Best of all, the standard of baked goods was high.

So today was the second Great LiveJournal Pie-off, a sequel to March's pie extravaganza. easterbunny conceived and hosted the first one, rjw1 won the grand prize (Best Pie) and thus bore the onus of hosting it. elvum generously volunteered to do the physical hosting, since he has a house with a garden; the garden was particularly lovely on a day with absolutely perfect weather. We sat around, ate too much, voted for baked goods in ten or so categories, watched balloons float distantly away into fluffy clouds, talked about penguins and polar bears, and most people watched the afternoon's nerve-wracking cricket match. It was a lovely afternoon.

I'm delighted to report that I won for "Best Use of Vegetables", thanks to a recipe marzapane introduced me to the last time I baked for this pie contest series: a Roasted Butternut Squash Tart.* billyabbott won "Best Pie" this time 'round and so will be hosting the third and next edition of the Great LJ Pie-off.

* Recipe notes: I used a Joy of Cooking pastry recipe. The local grocery store didn't have any Fontina, so I used a mild cheddar instead.

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aquitaineq
Aug. 28th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
wow! sounds good, what kind of pie won?
owlfish
Aug. 29th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
I don't know, but I'm sure I can find out, since I'd like to know the answer to that question too.
owlfish
Aug. 30th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
And the answer is... chicken, chorizo and red pepper pie.
kashmera
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
Stuffed teddy bear pie?!
owlfish
Aug. 29th, 2005 10:35 am (UTC)
Although formally entered into competition, the "pie" in question was not actually edible. One teddy bear in a woolden hat. The hat on the teddy bear's head is what (arguably) made it count as a pie, depending on whether or not you care if your pie has a topping.
kashmera
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
The vision it brought to mind was one I encountered in an Enid Blyton book - one from the faraway tree series.

All the children (plus friends) went to a land that was full of tea parties, and all you had to do was say what you wanted and it would appear. Unfortunately one young lady got it slightly wrong and got 'bear tart' instead of 'pear tart'. I can't remember the exact description, but the image of a large round tart with lots of little bears (about an inch tall) all neatly arranged inside it has remained with me ever since.
owlfish
Aug. 30th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
What a lovely sounding pie! I'll have to track down that book.
kashmera
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I can't remember which of the books it was. There were at least 3 on the faraway tree I think.
marzapane
Aug. 29th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
let me know when the next one is so I can time my visit to you!!! ;)
owlfish
Aug. 30th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
February or March is looking likely. It'll be announced at least a month or two in advance. Maybe more.
lazyknight
Aug. 31st, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
An upmarket wigan kebab at that! The bog-standard one is simply three meat pies...
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