Sunday, November 25, 2007

Our Squared Pie

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving was a few days ago, but we didn't have a big dinner on Thursday. In the US you get the day off, so you can cook all day, plus you get Friday off to digest (or just eat more pie). But, of course, in the UK, Thursday and Friday were just like any other work day, so we held our Thanksgiving dinner last night on Saturday.

You can get turkey here in London, but it isn't widely available until Christmas. Even a small turkey would feed the two of us for five days, so we went with its cousin the chicken instead.


I had it all planned out: walk to Borough Market in the morning, buy a ridiculously nice free-range chicken, get some fresh produce, herbs and crusty bread for stuffing, green beans, cranberries for sauce, and apples for making an apple pie. Well, yesterday morning was right around freezing with a lovely biting wind, so the prospect of walking across Tower Bridge was not exactly appealing. Instead, we ended up at our local supermarket; we did get a free range chicken (although it may not have lived in the shade of arching polars, sipping G&Ts while Vivaldi played in the background, like the ones from Borough market probably did), and everything else we needed was there, including some delicious local apples for pie.

We were spoiled by the kitchen in our Oakland apartment, and we sometimes forget that we don't have everything we used to have (although our current place unaccountably came equipped with two battery powered milk frothers). After I made pie crust yesterday morning (eyeballing the measurements because we don't have any measuring cups or a scale yet), one major problem hadn't hit me yet. Later, when I was cutting apples for the filling, I finally realized the problem: I was making pie (hooray!), and we don't own a pie plate (boo!). Actually, we do own several pie plates, but they are sitting in a storage locker in California and not doing very much to help me with my no-pie-plate problem here in London. I was forced to improvise, and ended up using the only available option: a rectangular casserole. I was slightly disappointed to not have a circular pie -- after all, pies are supposed to be circular in my world -- but luckily our squared pie tasted just as good as a circle.

Our Squared Pie

5 comments:

hildegard von bingen said...

lo bob! you have pie?
http://www.weebl.jolt.co.uk/pie.htm

Jordan said...

hmm, i had a square pie for thanksgiving too--it started out round when emily made it, but was bashed into a square by the time it finished its trek across the continent. my kitchen here is less than i'm used to as well--no running water, and no range, so i just ordered a convection oven and coleman stove for cooking... and it was 0 fahrenheit the last time i walked to the store. anyways...

Andy M. said...

Okay, Jordan wins. Thanks for adding some perspective. At least I have milk frothers.

AH said...

Your pie looks delish, Andy. Maybe this is the start of a new Thanksgiving tradition in the Murdock household.

Angela H. said...

If you ever find yourself in the same predicament consider a galette - the pie with no pan.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_9747,00.html