Before we get started on the regular programming, I just wanted to give a shout-out to all the wonderful folks who sent me a response?whether by comments, text messages, emails, tweets, and otherwise?to last week's cynical post about the state of food media. You all brought up such wonderful points (some in agreement, some in direct opposition of my own), and I only wish that I can share them all so we can keep the conversation going. Keep an eye out for more posts like that in the future! I'm currently trying to think of more ways we can continue ruminating on such an important topic and bringing more representation to the food communities we all love so much.
As I was looking through my photos of this pie, I realized that Hummingbird High was a collection of victories. Each recipe that I share on this site represents a success in the kitchen; all Hummingbird highs, if you will (see what I did there" ?). I don't ever share the failures in the kitchen ? the Hummingbird lows.
Enter this pie.
This beef and guinness meat pie was supposed to be a celebration of two things: today, Pi Day, and the upcoming St. Patrick's Day on Friday (because I used Guinness and the Irish like meat pies, I guess). Instead, it was neither.
I mostly blame the Hot Water Crust. I first heard about hot water crust pastries via The Great British Bake Off (a.k.a. The Great British Baking Show to Americans, really, they're the exact same show, why change the name"), where contestants breathed a collective sigh of relief upon finding out that hot water crust pastry was one of the challenges of the episode. One baker explained that hot water crusts were easier to work with than the traditional all-fat versions that we Americans are so used to working with ? at this, my ears perked up. I'd struggled with traditional pie dough many, many times. I watched with rapt attention as one of the judges, Paul Hollywood, used the pastry to construct an elaborate deep d...