For Father’s Day this year, I chose to treat both my dad and my husband (daddy of our three) to a Fortnum and Mason’s pork pie. Sometimes Dad’s need a little luxury treat too?
Pork pies are a traditional English snack dating back to medieval times when using a hot crust pastry was a way of preserving the meat inside. They were also a good way of using up the leftover cuts of meat rather than them go to waste. We are probably more familiar with the Melton Mowbray pork pie which runs as a bit of joke in our family. Our eldest son was born at the Melton Mowbray birthing centre as we always laugh that he came from a pork pie factory and that’s why he really enjoys a pork pie!
A Melton pork pie factory has recently been in the news for creating the first Vegan pork-less pie sold in Asda. It is apparently made from pea protein. I am curious to see what it tastes like but could be an interesting plant based alternative for this classic. Although, my dad will definitely prefer the meaty pie.
I was impressed with the pies I ordered from the London based premium food-store, best known for the F&M hampers. They came in a special parcel that was all wrapped up in wool packaging to keep them cool. I’d never really considered before that wool is a good insulator for keeping this cool as well as warm. This material is a natural product and totally biodegradable too. They survived the journey fine and still cold for the fridge.
I hope my dad and husband enjoy their pork pies! If you wanted to give an extra gift you could think about making a piccalilli to go with it in a reusable mason jar. Whatever you give to your dad today, however big or small it’s something that shows appreciation for the them, a token of thanks for all they do and the precious people they are.