(photo by Jamie Walters Smith)
It started something like this:
"Tak gode Applys and gode Spryeis and Figys and reyfons and Perys and wan they are wel ybrayed co- lourd wyth Safron wel and do yt in a cofyn and do yt forth to bake well" (from The Forme of Cury by Samuel Pegge).
At the time of this recipe, sugar was scarce and the coffin (pastry) was not eaten. Since then the apple pie has crawled through many forms and faces, each of them adding a little something special to the history of the apple pie.
Which brings us to an English pop band with one of the sweetest (literally) band names, The History of Apple Pie. In a strange bit of irony I was introduced to these guys a few weeks back by the twitter feed of Yuck. The band's song "Tug" is pretty even-keeled but it always seems to be on the verge of something more, like a car poised at the edge of a precipice teetering back and forth. Be on the lookout for their new release which should be coming shortly via Roundtable.
The History of Apple Pie-Tug