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4 June 2020 – Old Maid’s Day

4 June 2020 – Old Maid’s Day

Today I’ve been celebrating spinsterhood by eating pie. It’s Old Maid’s Day, a delightfully termed day of celebration that started in America after WW2 to honour those women who didn’t quite make it down the aisle. Which is perhaps a little outdated, but a pie, even if it is made out of leftovers, is still a pie. 

Anyhow. An Old Maid’s Pie has five main ingredients: mashed potatoes, cooked meat, grated cheese, fried breadcrumbs and fried onion. None of which I had knocking around in the back of the fridge. So first I boiled some of my Whit Sunday spuds, then fried up a load of onions, then made some fake meat out of tofu and seasoning, grated some coconut cheese, and found the box of strange rice crumbs I actually did have left over from the plum duff

Then it was time to assemble. Think ‘What if a shepherd’s pie was a lasagne?’ and you’ll get there. And as everything was already edible, it was then just a case of warming it all though.

I really did grow some exceptional potatoes, as my mash was gorgeous. In fact, the whole thing was lush and I would have happily licked the pan clean had I not needed packed lunches for the next couple of days. But as far as the name goes, I thinking Old Maid’s Pie has had its day, maybe Independence Clanger is more 2020? Or Spinster Spanakopita? Bachelorette Battenberg?

I’m off now to finish today’s celebrations with a bit of Destiny’s Child, feel free to throw your hands up at me.


Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

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