So there we were, at our desks making the gluten-free world a better place, when out of nowhere a member of staff, who will remain unnamed, makes the claim that the first time they tried a pie was the greatest day of their life. Now, the worker in question has a wife and children so it’s important for the well being of himself and his relationship that his identity remains a strongly guarded secret. However, the point of this story is not that Chris’s love for food supersedes that of the love for his spouse (oopsie), it’s that it got us all thinking about how much we really do love pie.
These thoughts eventually evolved into a heated discussion in which we debated the origins of pie – surprisingly enough, for the first time in the company’s history. Some had the preposterous idea that pies were a post-war invention, a suggestion at which some of the more educated members of the team scoffed. “It’s clearly an ancient roman invention cried one”, “Tudor!” yelled another. The truth is none of us knew for sure, so we turned to that all knowing, all seeing God of cyber space – Google.
Whilst a lot of what we read that day bored us to our core, we did discover a few new facts about our beloved that we thought was worth sharing! Here goes:
- So it turns out that the earliest known mention of what resembles the pies of today comes from a tomb in what is now Iraq. The recipe for a kind-of chicken pie was found carved into a tablet in Sumer, Southern Iraq and is thought to date from around 2000 BC. Mental!
- Somebody once paid £1000 for a single slice of pie. There a very few circumstances in which we would fork out that kind of cash for a pie. It would either have to be the last pie on an earth, be baked by Mary Berry herself, or fed to us personally by Queen Bey. And yes…we’re willing to up our price for a combination of all three.
- In 1664 Oliver Cromwell, the same Oliver Cromwell that banned Christmas, decided to ban another of life’s greatest pleasures, by making the consumption of minces pie illegal. This was down to its link to Christmas, unfortunately meaning it fell under his growing list of banned “pagan pleasures”. We’d of had a word or two to say back then…
- In the 16th Century, surprise pies became quite popular amongst the wealthy elite. A surprise pie is a strangely psychotic creation by where a live animal would be placed inside a pie, which would then be served to guests. Please note, no live animals will be found inside any of our pastries. Honest.
There you go, don’t say we never give you anything. That little gift of knowledge is on the house…