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Sunday October 17, 2004
02:46 PM

Pumpkin Pie

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Once upon a time I lived in the USA. Other than my many excellent friends I have there, I can't say there is much about the place I miss. I don't think that the US is a bad place, rather it does not suite my taste as a place to live. As a place to visit, it was great, and in the years that I was there, I saw many of the fantastic sights it has to offer, and I do recommend camping in the south-western deserts.

There are only two things I miss about the US, neither technically native, but still they are both quite common. One is Mexican (&Tex-Mex) food, and the other is Pumpkin pie. Mexican is obviously Mexican rather than American, and the Pumpkin is a native of China and not North America, though it has been grown there since humans first arrived several thousand years ago.

It is now possible to get sufficient ingredients to make a half-decent Mexican meal in the UK, and Mexican style restaurants are starting to pop-up outside of London, so my Chili craving are now satisfied.

Today I made my first Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin is now common in the UK, and though very few people cook it - it's mostly for Halloween decoration, you can get quite nice eating Pumpkin. The recipe I found was dead simple, and the resultant pie is very nice. Not quite the same as ones I loved from New England, but good enough for now.

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  • The Texas Embassy restaurant [] in London? It was quite good the last time I went (though that was years ago). I remember good food and free refills on soda! ;)
    • Saw it last time I was up in London. However most of the supermarkets now carry quite a range of "Old El Paso" brand and own brand Mexican/Tex-Mex stuff, so I'm quite happy to cook my own at home.

      Interestingly the only two things I missed from the UK were tea, and Indian food - neither strictly native... There were lots of things I thought I'd miss, but in fact I didn't, or was able to get an alternative. If I drank more beer, I'd say I missed that, but as I don't it wasn't an issue.

      -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • The one time that I've been there, the food was OK but not great, but the service was poor. I won't be going back.
  • Author(s): Stephen Schmidt

    Pumpkin Pie

    For the best of both worlds — pumpkin pie with smooth, delicious filling and a crisp crust — precook both before baking.

    Challenge: A pumpkin pie is no more than a variation on custard pie, and it presents the baker with the same challenge -- making the crust crisp while developing a filling that is firm but still tender. After baking countless pumpkin pies, we found it necessary to take a threefold approach.

    Solution: First, we began baking our