Looking at Giles Coren this morning in the Times - he was writing a 'tongue in cheek' article about Country Pursuits, one of which was killing and eating sparrows. It jogged my memory of my father speaking of doing just that.
He was born into a family of eight children - he particularly was born in 1880. His father was a Minister in the Methodist Church, but with eight children they didn't have much money and he used to tell stories to me about his mother catching sparrows in the back garden. His father had built a brick square 'trap'. On the top he balanced a garden sieve propped open with the copper stick and attached to a piece of rope which went through the open kitchen window. He would put food of some kind on the grass inside the trap, wait until it was full of argumentative sparrows each intent on getting their share of the food, then he would pull the rope which would fall on the grass and hopefully the sieve would fall and trap the sparrows. According to my father it didn't always work but - as my father used to say - when it did they would have a splendid sparrow pie for lunch. Fancy a slice?
My mother's favourite pie, which we had often as she dressed poultry for the village butcher, was giblet pie (some people didn't want the giblets left inside the carcase - in those days they were cleaned and left inside to be made into stock for the gravy. I can't tell you what it tasted like because I would never eat it - on giblet pie days I had to take potluck.
Pies are very popular up here in the North. Pork pies especially and when I came up here to live when we retired from the Midlands, we would have Pork Pie and salad for tea. But oh no. Up ere Pork Pies are put in the oven to heat up and are eaten hot, often with peas.
I would love to hear of any other popular pies that are eaten in your part of the world - and how they are eatcn. Of course apple pie reigns supreme here as it does almost everywhere. And as they say up here 'Apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze' so if you haven't tried it that way - give it a go and see what you think.