Happy National Pie Day 2017, America, as we look ahead to British Pie Week!

The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age. Whether you bake or cook or venture out, National Pie Day is, ultimately, about the enjoyment of eating pie.

One can never have enough pie be it American or British so, no matter where you are and whether you are a fan of the traditional American ‘pie’ or British ‘pie’, today is National Pie Day here in the U.S. Fortunately, U.S. Tellyspotting readers are a bit ahead of their U.K. counterparts as British Pie Week 2017 doesn’t begin until March 6 but we only have a day where they have an entire week so....grab a fork and dig in, time’s a wasting!

What better time than the present to begin today’s celebration and sit down with our own individual favorite variation of  traditional American pie and then begin to focus our attention on the upcoming British Pie Week 2017 which will take place 6-13 March, 2017.  While most, if not the entire celebration that will take place today in the U.S. will be centered around the traditional Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin, Cherry or any one of a number of various Cream Pies, British Pie Week is of particular interest to me as any week that celebrates Shepherd’s Pie is #1 in my book.

For those that believe that pie is one of civilization’s best inventions and is at the center of the universe, we’d love to know how you either chose to celebrate National Pie Day or how will you choose to celebrate the forthcoming British Pie Week…and, we’d love pictures to post of your exploits and/or creations. Me? While I definitely foresee a slice of Pink Adobe French Apple Pie in my future at some point today, I will have to precede it with Gordon Ramsay’s brilliant Shepherd’s Pie. Full disclosure, it took me a little longer than 1:46 to make but, then again, I’m not Gordon Ramsay. If you’re up for trying this at home, here’s the recipe and the video.

There was controversy abound in 2016 as a British pastry, of all things, won the overall pie competition — a Beef Skirt & Vegetable Pastie by A.F. Huddleston Butchers. Critics of the judges decision said it was  “…a sad day for pie fans worldwide“. Click here for a complete list of 2016 British Pie Week award winners.

Remember, send pics of how you celebrated or of your creations. We’ll post them on the Tellyspotting flickr page for all the world to see.

In: Odds & Sods