18 April 2012

mushroom gorgonzola pie

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My first savory pie and it was perfect. I literally could have ate the entire thing. Soft mushrooms, running strong gorgonzola, sauteed onions, all steaming with the hint of sage baked in a marvelous pastry. It was a lovely meal. I didn't even plan on photographing it because I really didn't want to wait to try it. But the look of the pie bird was just so funny, I made myself suffer the wait. Worth it.



I have always been plagued by the idea of a savory pie after seeing an episode of some Samantha Brown travel show, many years ago. She was in Cornwall, I think, and someone showed her how to make cornish pasties. They looked so amazing, even though they all had meat. Tradition old recipes like that from the UK have always fascinated me. They were all so glamourous, in a rustic way, reminding me of the beautiful British countryside. Food that I would want to eat if I ate meat. 



Anyways, when I saw a recipe for a savory pie that was vegetarian on that British recipe site I like, Channel 4, I believe. I knew I had to make it, it was a must. The original recipe was a bit different, one main thing, it only had a top crust but I need a double dose. That crispy shortcrust would be perfect, again. 



Last week I met up with Kamran of The Sophisticated Gourmet! I had such an amazing afternoon with him. He was in town from the East Coast, doing business, and had a few hours free so we met up. I was a bit nervous at first, just because I was meeting someone that I had only seen their photo a few times online. So I did that awkward, make eye contact with every guy that could plausibly fit his description to see if it was him. So after finally finding each other, we walked around Market Street, down the the Ferry Building (I got my first Weck jars!) the to Fog City News & Union Square. Fog City News, a magazine & chocolate shop that I had randomly stumbled upon one day. When I said, 'Oh there is some magazine shop that has good foodie mags up here' to Kamran, he went, Fog ... Something? I heard about this amazing chocolate and magazine shop that so & so told me I had to go to. My reaction was 'I have no clue what it's called, but it had chocolate & its amazing, so maybe!' and it turns out we were both thinking of the same shop! Very funny coincidence. A lovely afternoon talking with someone that actually had the same interests as me. I generally don't have much in common with people my age. No one seems to care about an amazing old piece of wood to use as a background, the wonderfulness of brown butter or can relate on always feeling the stress of putting up a new post. It really made me feel normal to be able to talk to someone who understands. Thanks for taking time out of your trip to meet up with me Kamran :) 







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Gordon Ramsay's shortcrust recipe.
Filling an adaptation of a Simon Rimmer recipe.







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42 comments:

Courtney @educatedderelicts said...

This looks and sounds delicious! It's so funny to think that in America pie usually means sweet. I'm from New Zealand and if someone says pie here, they usually mean mince!

MoonFaCe said...

Every time I look at your blog I Oooh and Aaah at your pictures. Stunning! I love your style very much. Mushroom gorgonzola pie sounds delicious !

SreeBindu said...

gorgeous pics =) following you. yummy!
xoxo

Angie said...

it looks wonderful! And I love gorgonzola :)

WSAKE said...

wow... this pie looks adorable! it´s a shame we don´t have pie birds here in germany...

lucy said...

veramente speciale questa pie!complimenti!

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

How in the world could you not share that cute little blackbird. It made my morning to see him peaking out. Looks like another gorgeous recipe ...

Pru @ Perfecting Pru said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, I loved the instagram photos before, and the pie looks so delicious.

legallydelish said...

This looks AMAZING. And as always, your photos are fantastic!!

elisabetta said...

I feel the taste looking at the photo, I think I'll do this receipt.

Jill said...

Ahhhh Julie, this looks not only delicious, but so whimsical! Funny that you see a bird and I see a periscope which I visualize being used by a cartoon fish below!! Please don't call the men with the white coats!!! Your post also took me for a lovely trip down memory lane, causing me simultaneously to miss SF, where I used to live, and to feel incredibly grateful that I am no longer dating, as I recalled with horror that awful feeling of perusing every man that came into a dining establishment while waiting for my internet date to arrive!
I'm glad that you had a nice afternoon and a fun visit, and I find myself signing off and craving your pie!

athena said...

I love the pie bird! That first shot gets me, love the way you've manipulated the light. Cool that you met another blogger, I hope that we can meet up before I leave the area :)

Julie Marie said...

Athena: thanks! I didn't manipulate the light, just strong back light from my window :) yes we still need to meet up! Just let me know when your free

Daniela said...

Amazing photos and this pie sounds amazing also. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Gorgonzola and always look for new recipes with it, and this just sound perfect, I absolutely have to try it!

Kate said...

I love a good savory pie and you've incorporated 2 of my very favorite things!! I need to make this now!

Bernadeta said...

masakrycznie apetycznie u ciebie!

Ms. Cathy said...

How about we strike up a deal:

You come over to Paris, France.

Make me that pie in exchange for some a fantastic chicken parmigiana meal...pretty much the only meal I have mastered. Hah!

Great pictures and yes, very whimsical indeed!

Cathy Trails

Elizabeth said...

is the pie bird necessary?

leanne said...

absolutely gorgeous and delicious!
i feel the pie bird is completely mandatory ;)
love reading your posts - please don't stress about them x

kankana said...

For a savory tooth person like me .. this pie would be my fav :) Also the photos are stunning .. beautifully dark tone with light falling at the perfect place.

Ash said...

I really need to try making a savory pie. This one looks fantastic!!

Erika said...

You have really a beautiful blog ^-^
I love this pie!

Mrs. Sutton said...

Reading your description has just made me literally drool with longing for a slice of that pie! I will definitely try this out at the weekend - first have to hunt down the pie bird - LOVE those! Also GREAT images.

Emily (Adeline and Lumiere) said...

Gorgonzola in a pie... amazing! These photos are wonderful. And how exciting is finding the perfect wooden background!?! And don't get me started on props... :)

sweet road said...

I made mini tarts with portobellas once, but I like the idea of a full grown savory pie. Beautiful photos!

Unknown said...

this does sound amazing, I love mushrooms and i love gorg...

I have to ask though, what's with the recent recipes mixing imperial AND metric measurements!?

I think you should stick with one or the other... but that's just me :)

marifra79 said...

Bellissima pie! Un abbraccio Julie Marie!

Jenny @ BAKE said...

I love the channel 4 food website, bbc good food is also an amazing resource. I share your blog pain, none of my friends are bloggers so they just don't get it!

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Greentea00 said...

oh my god...ur pie look sooooooo good!!! i would love to make it sometime in the weekend..thanks for sharing here!

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