Veal and Ham Pie
Yes, I'm a day early this week. That's because I needed to post my Charcutepalooza recipe today. One of the challenges is to make a pork pie, so I was going to make a Melton Mowbray-style pork pie, but a pig had to be slaughtered for me to get the necessary ingredients and the processing wasn't going to be finished by today. So--I decided to use leftover ham from last week and make a Veal and Ham Pie (still pork, right?). It even uses aspic, which I figure makes Veal and Ham Pie a pâté de campagne in pastry. Right? Right. Totally Charcutepalooza-riffic.
Veal and Ham Pie
Veal and Ham Pie slice
It may seem like there's not enough room for all the jellied stock. However, I think if I had just waited for it to settle a bit and then added the rest of the stock I would have filled the gap at the top of the pie, just like the aspic filled the gaps at the side of the pie. I just thought the pie was full. Learn from my mistake--you can use all 2 cups of stock!
Young and Innocent scenery
What better companion to a totally British cold meat pie but a pre-Hollywood Alfred Hitchock film? Even better, this one is available to watch for free from the Internet Archive. Young and Innocent is the story of a young (and innocent, naturally) screenwriter who is implicated in the murder of an older actress. This film is much like The 39 Steps in that our hero requires the help of an attractive young woman to aid in his running about Britain trying to prove his innocence. Unlike The 39 Steps, Young and Innocent counts Basil Radford as part of the cast, albeit in a brief role (and in a silly hat). It's definitely worth the watch.