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Published July 3rd 2012
Pies, my new found winter warmer.
Early mornings in Surry Hills are bleak and cold in winter. You walk briskly to your office in the hope it will warm your body. Even my ritual lattes were just not warming my hands or insides of late. Then I saw Dinky Di Pies on Elizabeth Street.
It had been years since I had eaten a pie, mainly from a fear of not knowing what was really inside them. They all looked pretty much the same, a gluey dark brownish black gooey mass of unrecognisable nothingness.
All those prior notions were dismissed at the mere thought of something hot and substantial warming the inside of my body.
Apparently there is quite an art in eating a pie. Looking around at the other patrons, I notice people do interesting things with their pies before eating them.
I love to peel off the top and eat it separately as I love a good pastry and winter is the perfect time for creating those flaky layers. It all has to do with the coldness of the butter when mixed with the flour, and cold it is of late. Then I eat the remainder casing and filling together.
How do you eat your pie.
Do you just eat it all together or in sections?
With or without tomato sauce.
Do you lavish tomato sauce all over the top or do you spread it on the inside?
Or just how it is?
Do you eat it with a knife and fork, or with your hands?
Let me know what you do and how many ways are there to eat a simple pie.
Pies available in mini, regular and maxi sizes. Flavours include chunky beef burgundy, steak, steak and mushroom, peppercorn steak, chicken and leek, chicken and mushroom, Tandoori vegetable and quiche Lorraines.
Cost: $5.75/5.95 regular pie sizes. quiche Lorraine slices $5.25. Sausage rolls and vegetable rolls $3.95.
Soups to Go
Another morning I decided to try their soups to go. There are two to choose. Moroccan and Chicken and Cous Cous. A great idea to take back to the office. Hearty and thick enough to prevent spills, warm and quite tasty. @ $3.95 & $5.25
Dinky Di also has a huge selection of cakes.
Petits fours, little cakes, big cakes and occasion cakes.
I am a sucker for a good lemon curd cake and this little delicacy didn't disappoint. Of course, you can have the large slice, however I do love little cakes so I can be greedy and taste several in one sitting. To me it is all about variety, I want to try everything in life.
Mini Lemon Curd cake has a good tang wihtout making your eyes squint.