Pies in New Zealand: Chicken and Mushroom Pie


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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11 Responses

  1. paul says:

    Oh those NZ pies! I miss them, even the Georgie Pie fast food place had awesome pies. I hear those were bought and crushed by McDonalds.

  2. Caroline says:

    I had never heard about Georgie Pie but apparently you’re right. They even, pre-McDonalds takeover, had the same red and yellow colours in their logo. I can’t see that going down well with Mr Ronald McDonald! When did you come across Georgie Pie?

  3. Barbara says:

    Ah yes, Georgie Pie. My children practically grew up in Georgie Pie. There was one across the road from morning Play Group in Green Lane. Many a lunch time was spent there with the other mothers that didn’t rush home to put the kids down to nap.Paul – I haven’t forgotten the photo I promised to send of the tavern. Just haven’t been anywhere near it.

  4. Caroline says:

    I must ask the Boyfriend about Georgie Pie – it seems that there’s a bit of Kiwi nostalgia that I’m missing out on!

  5. paul says:

    Coming back way too late to answer the comment.I lived in Auckland during the Spring of 1987, and there was one in the neighborhood. They were good, but the home made ones in a little lunch cafe by the Grafton Bridge where I worked were much better. Even the ones with strange animal parts in them.

  6. Caroline says:

    I asked the Boyfriend and he remembers Georgie Pie very well from his college days. He doesn’t seem to be quite as taken with them as you were, Paul! He described their product as having lots of pastry, some gravy and very little meat, even that meat that comes from strange animal parts. There’s even a Georgie Pie song here

  7. Rachel says:

    OH MAN! GEORGIE PIE ROCKED THE PIE WORLD!haha i miss it, i was jus a wee toddler wen i entered the pie scene so of course i hav fond memories of dear old georgie pie…I say : BRING BACK THE $1 $2 $3 and $4 pie packs!!

  8. Caroline says:

    All you Georgie Pie nutters – it must be a cultural thing!

  9. Laura says:

    Just made this pie yesterday, its such a winning dish!! Its a shame there were no leftovers though. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Caroline says:

      Never too many leftovers with that one, Laura! Do you remember helping me that night for Scott’s birthday? It was a pietastic dinner!

      • Laura says:

        I do remember that! It was a moment of reminiscing that sent me on a mission to find this recipe. I’m about to make it again, perfect for these wintry nights in NZ. Aidan loves it too!!

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