|The Scotch pie - not available this World Cup|
English pies have been well to the fore, the Anderson pie in particular is a delicacy that has been enjoyed by Irish and Bangadeshi diners. This is fusion cooking at its most sophisticated.
A more exotic delight is the Akhtar pie. Definitely spicy but washes down well with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The Razzaq pie is a cut price alternative.
Pies from the associate nations have largely been Kenyan, some being of a width that have been very hard for diners to get their jaws round.
Had Scotland been competing in the tournament, diners could have enjoyed the distinctive Scotch pie - illustrated above. The traditional filling of mutton is often highly spiced with pepper and other ingredients and is placed inside a shell of hot water crust pastry. The delicacy is commonly sold at football matches and fast food outlets and one of its great attractions is the river of warm grease that flows up the diner's arm as (s)he takes the delicacy to the mouth. FB would rather eat worms.
Whereas the diner can knock the Anderson and Akhtar pie for 6, exactly the opposite is the case for the Scotch pie - it well and truly knocks its diner for 6. Each pie offers 500 calories and a respectable amount of saturated fats. Scotland is generally regarded as the heart attack capital of Europe.