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Kook Inn Nostalgia

I’m writing this post with a heavy heart, I came across the Kook Inn photographs on my phone while having a clear out and decided to write a post about it.

The Kook Inn holds comfort food memories from the days when it was based in the Greenmarket which no longer exists, my friend Steph introduced me to Fish Fingers, chips and gravy as a cure to a broken heart, it sounds vile but it really did work.

The spot in Newgate shopping centre where the Kook Inn stood until recently also holds memories from its days as the Fish ‘n’ boat, Mr Gourmand and I used to often go for Fish and Chips as it did the best ones in Newcastle city centre, we were elated when the Kook Inn took over the site as they decided to continue to sell fish and chips along with their other menu items.

On our last visit to the Kook Inn, it just happened to be the day when they would be closing the doors for good, there was no fish left as they had been getting rid of their stock over the previous days so we had pie, peas, chips and gravy as a goodbye meal.  To a lot of people the Kook Inn was just a greasy spoon frequented by the elderly but to me it held a lot of good memories and I’m really sad that it’s no longer there.

Mince and Mushy Pea Pie

While walking past the French oven in Newcastle Grainger market I was drawn in by the queue so thought I’d have a look and see if anything took my fancy, you can imagine my surprise when I came across the Mince and mushy pea pie!

The Pie was a good hand held size, easy to remove from the tin and pastry a golden colour.

Usually if you are eating a mince pie you would have peas on the side, this pie means you can save the washing up by enjoying your peas inside the pie!  It’s a genius idea and delicious too, there was only one left so I had to demolish it before Mr Gourmand came home and deny all knowledge that this pie even existed!

Pie Face

Last week as we were celebrating British Pies here in England, Mr Gourmand was in Australia with his father, I explained to him that he was missing out on some great food so not one to miss out on the action, Mr Gourmand paid a visit to an Australian chain called Pie Face.

How cute are these pies!

Mr Gourmand had the pie on the left which was Thai Chicken Curry and Mr Gourmand Senior had the pie on the right which was Chicken and Mushroom

Pie Face pies cost $6 each

Full ingredients and nutritional information is available on the website

If you want to find out more about Pie Face you can visit them here  http://pieface.com.au/

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British Pie Week – Day 3

Day 3 of British pie week is another savoury pie, this time rather than a handmade pie from a local company we have a pie from Tesco.

The Tesco Finest Scotch Steak pie 250g (£2.49) is a little different from the previous handmade pies that have features so far on British pie week.

First of all the cost of the pie is almost double the price of the Misletoe bakery pies however this pie is larger and heavier.

The pie contained specially selected tender Scotch steak, marinated in French red wine, port and balsamic vinegar. Cooked in a rich gravy in a Davidstow mature Cheddar enriched shortcrust pastry.

The pastry was very crumbly meaning that you couldn’t hold the pie in your hands to eat, this was a knife and fork pie.

The filling was nice, steak was tender and not at all chewy but I felt that the gravy had an artificial flavour too it, the pastry was a nightmare to eat as it just flaked away, I also found it to be dry rather than buttery.

I’ve enjoyed nicer steak pies and I personally prefered the pastry of the Misletoe bakery to the Tesco pastry.

British Pie Week – Day 2

Day 2 of British Pie Week and we have another contender from the Misletoe Bakery in Jesmond, this time a classic Mince Pie.