IT'S PIE TREASON; Our Scotch pastry faces a de-grease in popularity.
To the horror of traditionalists and football fans, soggy, greasy pies are out and "healthier" pies are in.
Even the classic Scotch mutton pie has been transformed into a new low-fat variety.
The UK's first ever PieKing - a shop which specialises in gourmet pies - has opened its doors in Glasgow and is serving up the upper crust of the pastry world.
Manager Martin Hines told the Mirror: "Everyone's surprised at the number of different pies and the imagination that goes into the variety of fillings. They're amazed what you can get into a pie."
Radio Clyde presenter George Bowie will today cut into a giant steak pie to officially open the fast food outlet in Glasgow's St Vincent Street.
Pie fans will be able to choose from anything ranging from chicken peri peri, chicken tikka and mozzarella and spinach to haggis, neeps and tatties, and bacon and egg.
There is even the Doggie Roll, which consists of a hot dog, mustard and relish in pastry, or The Boma, a beef burger and relish in a pie.
But if anyone thinks it's all just pie in the sky and the idea of a healthy pasty won't take off in Scotland, then think again.
Mr Hines added: "We weren't sure what kind of reaction our pies were going to get because you feel like you're messing about with a national dish.
"But on the whole the reaction has been really good.
"I think people quite like the idea, after all the stories about the notorious Scots diet, that they can finally eat a pie and not worry about it hardening their arteries."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 29, 2000|
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