The story of the Christmas pie bird and left over duck and leek pie for Boxing Day

Bron has introduced me to a new Christmas thing. The house gift. During the year Bron buys things as potential gifts for family and friends or even for herself and then stores them away. If the gift is not given to a family member or friend it ends up as a house gift. This year one of the house gifts was a pie bird. I’d never heard of a pie bird until Bron explained that it is a ceramic bird put into the centre of a pie dish to act as a vent so that the pie when covered with pastry didn’t have the filling explode out and overflow the edges. It also supports the pastry in the middle of the pie at its weakest point.

This little pie bird also helped us repeat a Christmas feast from years past when we enjoyed a duck on Christmas day and then indulged with left over duck the following night.

Thursday 2013-12-26 17.14.05 AEDT Pie bird in a pie dish

Thursday 2013-12-26 17.14.05 AEDT Pie bird in a pie dish

On Boxing day Bron made a duck and leek pie based on a Jamie Oliver recipe for turkey and leek pie using Christmas left over food. Bron added our duck stuffing, bread sauce and a host of other ingredients to make a delicious pie for dinner. It was served with left over Brussels sprouts (with pancetta and chestnuts) as well as roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Thursday 2013-12-26 18.08.32 AEDT Duck and leek pie with the pie bird before cooking.

Thursday 2013-12-26 18.08.32 AEDT Duck and leek pie with the pie bird before cooking.

Thursday 2013-12-26 18.46.06 AEDT Duck and leek pie with the pie bird after cooking.

Thursday 2013-12-26 18.46.06 AEDT Duck and leek pie with the pie bird after cooking.

Thursday 2013-12-26 19.04.41 AEDT Boxing day dinner of duck and leek pie with Brussels sprouts and roasted spuds and sweet potato

Thursday 2013-12-26 19.04.41 AEDT Boxing day dinner of duck and leek pie with Brussels sprouts and roasted spuds and sweet potato

The meal was delicious. The pie had a real creaminess to it that combined beautifully with the pastry and the potato and sweet potato. If you want the details there’s a link in my old post to Jamie Oliver’s recipe.

After the meal we watched the movie Inception. That was pretty weird. I’d never seen it before.

In other news today we went to see The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug which was really good. This was after a delightful breakfast of genuine Eggs Benedict that Bron prepared from scratch.

Friday 2013-12-27 09.16.27 AEDT Bron made the real deal Eggs Benedict with an English muffin, ham, poached egg, a homemade hollandaise sauce.

Friday 2013-12-27 09.16.27 AEDT Bron made the real deal Eggs Benedict with an English muffin, ham, poached egg, a homemade hollandaise sauce.

Friday 2013-12-27 09.32.06 AEDT Bron made the real deal Eggs Benedict with an English muffin, ham, poached egg, a homemade hollandaise sauce.

Friday 2013-12-27 09.32.06 AEDT Bron made the real deal Eggs Benedict with an English muffin, ham, poached egg, a homemade hollandaise sauce.

I thought I’d also share an image of yesterday’s Boxing day lunch which was amazing.

Thursday 2013-12-26 13.04.44 AEDT Boxing day lunch of cheese and pâté

Thursday 2013-12-26 13.04.44 AEDT Boxing day lunch of cheese and pâté

The food odyssey Bron and I are taking this CNY break is pretty spectacular.

I hope you’re all well and eating yummy.

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