22 / Meat Pie

Ginette McDonald, New Zealand actress, satirist and writer, once wrote that a New Zealander’s idea of a seven-course meal was a six-pack and a pie. She labelled the meat pie a New Zealand staple – if not a constitution – and noted that although meat stew in a pastry case has long been popular in English cookery, the hand-sized, eat-on-the-run version is a distinctly New Zealand adaptation. Ideal for consumption on a journey, or whilst watching a sports match, New Zealanders consume some 68 million pies per year. Since 1997 local bakers have been able to compete for national awards in 11 categories.

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