We all ate all the pies

Bill Oldfield

Pork pieIn the words of the the mighty Monty Pythons: what did the Romans ever do for us? Roads? They just created congestion. Central heating? It’s over-used and has made us soft. Aqueducts? Hardly needed when there’s bottled water. Pies? What do you mean you didn’t know the Romans brought us pies?

It may have been the ancient Greeks who first demonstrated that gently rubbing a little Lurpak into the Homepride before mixing with water created a product that could be rolled out, wrapped around something filling and then baked. But as everybody who’s ever been to Greece will tell you, their fayre’s nothing in comparison to that developed in Italy. And so it was the Romans who took this idea and brought to us needy Brits their sweet and savoury delicacies wrapped in short and flaky packages and smothered with gravy or custard. Thus, 2,000 years ago, the British…

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