Friday, January 19, 2007

Festive Pie

Courgette and Feta Filo Pie
At this time of year the Chief Cook of the monastery has a break and we all can volunteer to be 'cook for a day'. To-day was my turn. I'd eaten this pie several times but not cooked it myself. So it was a bit of an adventure especially making it for around thirty people. Not a patch on the ones I'd had before in Cornwall however it is well worth trying again some time, when there is a festive occasion.

The recipe came from 'Food From The Place Below' by Bill Sewell. This dish was the 'dish of the day' the day they opened back in 1989. Apparently the restaurant is located in one of the most beautiful spaces in London - the medieval crypt of Wren's marvellous church, St. Mary-le-Bow. The church has a vibrant weekday community and among the most regular customers are the rector and members of the congregation. (text slightly adapted from the book.)

If you ever find yourself in Hereford Bill Sewell has a cafe there too. Not too distant is Hay-on-Wye renowned for its second-hand bookshops. So, double trouble in Herefordshire, if you are so inclined!

The Chief Cook came to work in the kitchen to-day, to share the joy as we sometimes say. It was a joy to cook with him again. Thanks.