Under the Pier (Down Under)
This was shot from our favourite place – under a Pier. We had just returned from Milford Sound, grappled with the Crafty Kea and were famished. We stopped at a roadside Diner and checked the offerings. We found an amazing selection of Meat Pies an in countless varieties! New Zealanders must consume endless quantities of Meat Pies as they are offered every place you stop!
A New Zealand meat pie contains largely diced or minced meat and gravy, sometimes with onion, mushrooms, or cheese and often consumed as a takeaway food snack. The pie itself is similar to the United Kingdom’s steak pie.
It is considered iconic in Australia and New Zealand. It was described by former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr in 2003 as Australia’s “National Dish”. Likely the same in NZ! Across the Tasman, New Zealanders regard the meat pie as a part of New Zealand cuisine, and it forms part of the New Zealand national identity.
The popular brand Four N’ Twenty produces 50,000 pies per hour and Australians consume an average of 12 meat pies each per year.The average consumption of meat pies in New Zealand is higher at 15 per person per year.The meat pie is heavily associated with Australian Rules Football as one of the most popular consumed food items whilst watching a game. (Guessing Beer as well). www.kestenbeck.com