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Whilst the cat’s away......Steak and Époisses


#1

Mrs Bags and the little Bags are still up in Wales doing healthy outdoory stufff…what shall I do with the evening?


#2

Well, you’ve obviously chosen the wine as the starter.


#3

Époisses !
That is a good night in my man.


#4

Great choice - enjoy


#5

GF is at hers tonight sorting out her cottage before the weekend. I’ve got BBC R1 on and this about to happen


#6

Looks like the wine is already happening danchaq… at that pace, you may need a second bottle by the time the Fray Bentos is a point… enjoy


#7

My policy Steve is to choose the wine and then find the food to match it🤪… I hear some people do it the other way round but, hey


#8

needed to breathe, taste for cork taint, etc etc :wink:

Also this is my first experience with the magic canned pie so we’ll see…


#9

Finchy: (to the others) Right well you know when he asked the question “who is the Cuban leader who has been in power since 1959?”
Brent: Fidel Castro.
Finchy: Yeah, you know it now don’t you but tell them what you said then?
Brent: Yeah but I was under pressure, the whole quiz situation…
Finchy: NO! NO! just tell them who you said. Who’s the Cuban leader?
Brent: Fray Bentos


#10

Ha ha, Yes I see, it does sometimes take a good couple of glasses just to make sure it doesn’t need to go back to TWS… some tasting notes are surely required if you are a Fray Bentos virgin…


#11

My friends holiday let in the alps has a Fray Bentons pie in the cupboard just in case guests miss the shops closing. 10 years still there untouched. Interested in how it is?


#12

Bet it takes on some good gamey aromas after ten years.


#13

Maybe one day when we’re delayed at the airport we’ll see.


#14

No word of a lie, this is the first time I have thought to myself maybe this Brexit malarkey will be okay. If this island can put, in a tin, a pie that turns out like that, by God it can do anything!


#15

Perhaps we could all have a look in our cupboards and there might be enough Vintage tinned pies hiding in there for a comparative tasting? 10 years sounds a little OTT to me, but I suppose if it was vibration free ad cellar cool, it might be developing those tertiary aromas and be even more delicious…


#16

Depending on how it does go next April 1st (how inauspicious is that?!), you might be better off saving that pie, just in case like…


#17

I’d hate to brandish the tin opener if it was going through a closed phase though…


#18

How would you know? Is there any form on Fray Bentos vintages?


#19

First thing Mr Johnson ever ‘cooked’ for me, when we started going out, was a Fray Bentos steak and kidney pie… I remember people at work raising eyebrows!!.. Actually, it was a pleasant surprise - didn’t expect the pastry to taste so nice. It helped that he also made roasties - and he is, as far as I’m concerned, the king of roast spuds! :wink:


#20

Well, I’d check www.piecupboardtracker.com for any recent notes in the first instance. And I reckon the steak & kidney, as a blend, should in theory be more consistent, quality-wise, but may well shut down for a while before really showing its best.