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Here we go!

The Summer fete/flower festival/country fair season is upon us and this is a homity pie.

Never had it before. In fact, I haven’t had it now. I’m savin’ it for lunch.

It’s a pastry crust filled with potatoes and an onion and leek mixture. Then it’s covered in cheese and baked. This particular variable has mustard seeds in it, which I haven’t seen in any of the recipes. A nice old lady sold it to us at a country fair.

It looks like the cross between a quiche and a ‘za.

I’ve never heard anyone in the wild say ‘za, by the way. It’s a word I picked up playing an online variation of Scrabble. Very handy for dumping unwanted Zs.

And with that, the festival season begins!


Comment from Oldowan
Time: May 27, 2019, 9:23 pm

Hmmm…. Back in the late ’70’s in Southeastern Massachusetts, I knew a kid who said ‘za. But it was always with a bit of self-conscious irony…

The pie looks pretty good and I kinda like the name–sounds like ‘comity’…

Comment from BJM
Time: May 28, 2019, 12:01 am

Man, that takes me back to the early 70’s in Melbourne where you couldn’t swing the proverbial cat without hitting a hippie/trekker joint selling big slices of Devon, Hunza or Bobotie pie.

Now I’m hungry.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 28, 2019, 2:12 am

Bobotie – ha.

One of my co-workers pronounced that ‘BowBow-tie’.
Much to the immense amusement of the Voortrekkers.

Meanwhile, the only pie I smell is humble pie for the EU bureaucrats.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 28, 2019, 3:15 am

I’ve never heard anyone in the wild say ‘za, by the way.

You’d hear it if you were to go to San Francrisco. That place used to be merely extremely self-absorbed and silly, but now it is downright Hellish.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 28, 2019, 1:50 pm

Homity Pie looks delicious!

”It looks like the cross between a quiche and a ‘za.

?? Piz-ZA ??

This is a bit-o-slang I’ve never heard before in all my sheltered years. Is it common?

I don’t feel too bad for having never heard of “ big slices of Devon, Hunza or Bobotie pie ; if Australia is involved, weird is sort of par for the course. However, I feel like “Za” is something I should have heard one of my dressed-in-all-black-clothing friends say while listening to “world-music” or some such.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 28, 2019, 2:23 pm

‘ZA – Anyone else read Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden novels?

Harry is the ” ‘Za Lord! “

Comment from LesterIII
Time: May 28, 2019, 4:01 pm

Bribing faeries with ‘za, the Wild Hunt in Chicago, and Bob.

Oh, DurnedYankee, how I want to find McAnally’s…

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 28, 2019, 4:52 pm

LesterIII –
Indeed! I’d pay, a lot, just to be allowed inside, possibly in blood provided they left me enough to remain conscious.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 28, 2019, 9:10 pm

You had me at pie 🙂 I would try it; I’ve never tasted leeks, or eaten whole mustard seeds (crunchy, I suppose). I did wonder what kind of cheese was used. It looks to be about the size of an American pot pie.

Comment from BJM
Time: May 29, 2019, 12:56 am

@Some Veg…the “pies” were not OZ recipes, but appropriated from either the UK (Homity/Devon pie), one of her Dominions (bobotie), or a popular stop along the trekking trail (Hunza pie). There was a huge myth about the lacto-vegetarian diet and longevity of the Hunza…neither proved to be factual. Silverbeet is a staple in my veggie garden so I still make Hunza pie; an amped up quiche and delicious.

Backpacking/Trekking in one’s gap year was huge for Brit & European students in the 70’s. Oz was on the route to/from the Indian subcontinent and Africa. We had a constant stream of strangers turning up on our doorstep with letters of introduction. We met some very interesting people, they’d stay a day or two and move on. Our hospitality was reciprocated when we travelled in the UK.

Simpler times, eh?

Comment from BJM
Time: May 29, 2019, 1:23 am

Durned said “Meanwhile, the only pie I smell is humble pie for the EU bureaucrats.

I hate to say it, but the EU Deep State will be just as intractable as is ours. The EU was a very, very bad idea. Europe hasn’t had a good idea in…well, ever.

Comment from Monty James
Time: May 29, 2019, 7:54 pm

Nobody says “‘za”.

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