Let's not mince words, us Kiwis love a good pie. But where did the savoury pie come from? And what are history's pie-lights, er, pie highlights? There's no mis-steak the pie has an interesting history.
The ancient Egyptians start the ball rolling with pie-like dishes that are made by the pharaohs' bakers. They incorporate nuts, honey, and fruits in bread dough, a primitive form of pastry. Drawings of this pie-precursor can be found etched on the tomb walls of Rames II, in the Valley of the Kings.
The ancient Greeks refine pie pastry, creating a flour-water paste wrapped around meat to cook it and seal in the juices.
The Romans nick all the Greeks' good ideas, including pies. They take it a step further by adding a top and a bottom crust. Wealthy Romans get excited about seafood pies, especially mussel pies. But the first pie recipe published is for a decadent rye dough pie filled with goat's cheese and honey.
Oliver Cromwell bans pies in England during a staunch puritan era. Pies are considered too frivolous, so pie making (and pie eating) goes underground.
The greatest pie-related disaster of all time strikes. A fire breaks out at Thomas Farriner's bakery in Pudding Lane, London on Sunday. By Wednesday, the Great Fire of London has gutted the city making 70,000 of its 80,000 inhabitants homeless. The fire is finally stopped at Pye Corner (Pie Corner).
Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” takes the pop music charts by storm with one of pop’s first pie-based metaphors – “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza-pie, that’s amore!”.
New South Wales premier Bob Carr declares that meat pies are Australia's national dish. We bet you guys invented Pavlova too, right?
New Zealand is whipped into a vegan pie frenzy when Z Energy release a gourmet Mexican Vegan pie for a limited time. During its first five days on the racks it's sold in the thousands, with some stores selling out completely. Hungry vegan pie lovers start a petition to make it a permanent fixture in Z's piewarmers. The petition succeeds and the gourmet Mexican Vegan pie gets to stay for keeps.