Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What's Going On Here

This was the moon a few mornings ago.


The witches are gone and the pilgrims have arrived, along with the turkeys. Look out for the dinosaur turkey! Can you image the pilgrims reaction if they saw a turkey that big. I think we would be eating something else on Thanksgiving. Or maybe the turkeys would be eating us.


The mantel is re-tooled for Thanksgiving. We are eating at my daughter's this year so I am not doing much decorating.


After having bought and then thrown out some absolutely awful meat pies recently, I decided to try making them myself. Since recipes have first been recorded, the pie has held an honored place in the history of cooking. In the earliest recipes it is clear that the pastry was never eaten but used merely as a container to be thrown away.


Pies are versatile, portable, and easy to cook.


The British have as great a claim as any nation to being the ultimate pie makers.


With recipes taken to America and Australia by the first English settlers, the pies popularity spread to other parts of the world.


These pictures show the making of Cornish Pasties. Originating in the county of Cornwall in southwest England, this traditional workmans midday meal used to be marked with his initials much the same as bierrocks.


These hand held pies are one of the only meat pies made without cooking the ingredients first.


They are formed in a way that holds the heat so that when cooked in the morning they would still be warm for lunch.


They are traditionally filled with meat, potatoes and root vegetables.

Tomorrow I will show you today's pies because they are still in the oven.









The last of the Fall colors.


My fall snap peas are just starting to produce.


The lettuce is pushing up through the leaves.


And my weather vane is ready for winter weather.



14 comments:

Birgit said...

Your weather vane is great! :)

Greetings from Munich,
Birgit

Autumnforest said...

Yums! That looks like a real Thanksgiving. I miss those East Coast kinda Thanksgivings. This year, I'm doing the supper for my single friends who have no family around as usual, but after supper we're going outside to light up the fire pit and watch a movie projected onto the wall of the shed. I guess I gotta get new traditions for the western lifestyle. We might just roast some marshmallows while we're at it.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I love the top picture and Your weather vane!
I don´t think that meat pies ever been popular over here until lately. I think they are perfect as an easy lunch.
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Touchatou said...

Love that weather vane !

Meat pies are a tradition in Qu├ębec too, each region having its favorite : some are 6 inches deep !

Not much decorating ? The mantle is amazing, so elegant.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great info about Cornish Pasties -- thanks! I had a couple of "real" Cornish Pasties when I was in Cornwall in September. Meh. I bet yours are better! And love the griffin weathervane!

VintageSage said...

Absolutely love your weather vane! Man you are on the ball with the seasons an the holidays. Can you send some of your energy to me? :)

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

Those meat pies look absolutely yummy. I also really like the photo of the griffin.

greekwitch said...

Your pictures are beautiful, as always!
Brightest blessings!

Pricilla said...

Mmmmm.
Hey - do you have a Butter Bell?
http://brokenteepee.blogspot.com/2009/11/butter-bells-making-butter-and-giveaway.html

I'm having a giveaway on MY blog, not Pricilla's

The Frog Queen said...

Lovely pictures...especially the lettuce. What a great contrast in a photo.

Cheers!

Laura said...

I love the weathervane...and those pies look delicious. Do we get a recipe? :)

blessings
~*~

Blue Moon said...

Yes, the moon has been so intense, and in the strangest positions! Your pies look yummy - When I get my nerve up I will give one a go. I love your weather vane too !!!!!

Rue said...

That griffon is fabulous!

Love the colourful kale too!

Turkeys always get a bad rap, but I think they are really neat birds. Yummy too!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

The weathervane is beautiful! And the pies made my mouth water.