There is no getting round the fact that most people like a bit of pork pie – in fact, it is one of those things that seems to be almost a British staple when it comes to a picnic!
In our house we love a pork pie – whether it be a chunk of a BIG one, or an individual mini one! They all seem to go down well!
So how do I eat mine?
Well, I am partial to a chunk of pork pie and I love to eat it with a smearing of apple jam! Pork and apple do go well together, and the hints of sweetness and spice in my apple jam just seem to add to the flavour of the pork pie! So wherever the pie goes, a little pot of jam goes too! It makes the perfect picnic treat!
If you fancy giving my apple jam a go, here is the recipe! It takes about an hour in total.
To make a batch you will need:
- 1kg peeled, cored, and chopped apples
- 250ml water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 (13g) sachets pectin
- 1.75kg caster sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 100g dark brown soft sugar
And this is what to do:
- First you need to sterilise your jars and lids in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. I let them simmer whilst I am making the jam.
- In a large saucepan, combine the apples, water and lemon juice then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the pectin and bring to the boil. Then stir in the caster sugar and continue boiling and stirring uncovered for 1 minute, until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from the heat, and stir in the brown sugar, allspice, and nutmeg.
- Quickly fill the steralised jars to within 1cm of the top. Wipe the rims clean, and top with the lids. Process the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes to seal.
- Store until ready to eat… and ENJOY!
So – you like pork pie too? Well, did you know…
- 57 per cent of Brits would happily serve pork pies at a dinner party, whilst only a third would serve scallops and just 17 per cent caviar
- Nearly one in ten people would order pork pie if it was on a restaurant menu
- One in ten would serve a pork pie if they were cooking a romantic meal for their partner
- The most popular picnic spot is by a river (27%) followed by the beach (23%) and the park (18%) whilst 7 per cent prefer their own back garden
- Over half of Brits say the perfect picnic wouldn’t be complete without pork pies and 3 quarters of Brits say their perfect picnic company would be their partner
When it came to what should accompany your perfect pork pie, punters were divided.
The top 10 choices were:
1 – On its own – 20 per cent
2 – Pickle – 13 per cent
3 – Mustard – 11 per cent
4 – Brown sauce – 8 per cent
5 – Salad – 8 per cent
6 – Chutney – 7 per cent
7 – Tomato sauce – 7 per cent
8 – Cheese – 3 per cent
9 – Salad Cream – 3 per cent
10 – Baked beans, crisps, gravy, mushy peas – 2 per cent of the votes each
And so to your chance to win!
Over the next three months, Pork Farms is giving everyone that purchases one of their delicious pork pies the chance to win £100 every day, and the chance to win a £2,500 jackpot, by sharing details of their pork pie eating habits in 30 words or less at www.yourpieyourway.co.uk . Pork Farms pork pies are very versatile. Whether paired with peas, smothered with tangy pickle, shared with friends, or gobbled on the run, there are many ways to enjoy one of the nation’s favourite snacks.
Pork Farms have also given one of my readers the chance to receive a fab foodie hamper filled with picnic goodies and delicious accompaniments to eat with pork pies (including mustard, chutney, balsamic glaze, chilli sauce and more!)
To enter and be in with a chance of winning this essential picnic prize all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below! (The contents may very slightly from the picture shown!)
One winner will be chosen on July 8th 2013 and contacted via e-mail within 3 days. UK delivery only.
And if you are a real pork pie fan, you can get yourself £1 off a Pork Farms Pork Pie just by heading over to their Facebook page!
Disclosure: I received a voucher to buy my VERY OWN Pork Farms Pork Pie in return for writing this post and hosting a competition. All my views and opinions are my own, as always!