Happy British Pie Week everyone! Yes, this weekend sees the end of a week of recipes, tastings, tips and generally yumming up pie. And I love pie.
So, here are my ideas for a pie-filled weekend…..
Last night we visited Apples and Pears ….the East-End-meets-Shoreditch hidden drinking den. It’s just around the corner for us on Brick Lane and so off we tootled for some cocktails and supper. I began with the Columbia Martini, so called after the local flower market…..it has a hint of lavender in it and according to the menu is Mary Poppins’ favourite tipple, so I was bound to get on well with it! For food we opted for two of their yummy pies (of course)….Adam the steak and me the chicken. Both were delicious and came with beautifully crispy chunky chips and garden peas. The pies were drizzled with gravy but I’d have like a boat of my own (Northern lass that I am)! Whilst I’d rather go to Lounge Bohemia (just a little further around the corner) for the cocktails (Paul makes incredible mixes from around the same price), I can certainly recommend the pies.
Eating at home…..
In honour of Pie Week, tonight I’m making my legendary sweet potato pie. I used to make it all the time for parties and picnics, but have rather forgotten about it of late…..my friend Annie reminded me of it though when I saw her a few weeks ago and I’ve been wanting to make it since! I’ll post the recipe for it tomorrow so shop for sweet potatoes and almonds!
In my opinion, there is no better pie-based experience than the traditional pie and mash shop of Goddard’s, founded in Deptford in 1890. As a student, I would go to their Greenwich shop for a treat lunch (although it was always incredible value for money) of pie, mash and gravy. Devastatingly though, the shop was closed a few years ago, but I have heard that it will be reopening at a new location on King William Walk in April! Taking over the Great British Fish and Chip Shop (which was the Cricketers pub when I first knew it, but has since been the Powder Monkey Bar and W Lounge) I can’t wait till they’re open again for business….. I’m planning a visit as soon as they are! In the mean time though, you can still visit their stand at the Fountain Food Court, next to Natwest in Greenwich.
And whilst we’re on hearty winter food and planning ahead…. I can highly recommend the Dead Doll’s Club’s Stew House which is opening its doors at a new venue in Bethnal Green in a couple of weeks. We really enjoyed our visit to the transformed hall in Hackney a few weeks ago, and this is your last chance to get in before their menus change for a more summery theme. Tickets are still available here….it’s best enjoyed as a group, so why not get a gang together?!
Brain Activity is David Shrigley’s first major exhibition in the UK and includes the full range of his work, including a number of new works created especially for the Hayward Gallery. Although Shrigley is best known for his wry and witty drawings, the exhibition will also feature animation, music, painting, photography, sculpture and taxidermy, all with his signature absurdity and humour.
Until 13th May at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre. Adults £10
As I’m heading into town for a very important rendezvous at Liberty, I think I’ll pop to the Getty Images Gallery to see the Marilyn Exhibition. Commemorating 50 years since the actress’ death, the gallery have put together a collection of photographs and memorabilia, as well as original dresses and costumes worn by Monroe.
Until 23rd May at the Eastcastle Street Gallery. Entry is Free
Out and about…..
I see there are still a few pieces left online at H&M in their much anticipated collaboration with Marni. I hear it was carnage at the opening yesterday, and some naughty shoppers had items on Ebay by ten past nine! Still, perhaps still worth a look….I’m loving the amazing prints and gorgeous bright colours.
I’ll be heading back out East though after my appointment at Liberty (supper at Poppies with friends planned) so I think the weekend’s shopping is more likely to take place at Spitalfields Market, which is hosting the International Women’s Fair in celebration of International Women’s Day. The market will host a wonderful collection of creative women including artists, craftswomen, designers, performers, workshops, women’s groups and organisations. And you can even round off the day with another pie at Square Pie which is right in the market!
Hope you all have suitably pie-filled weekends!