Great Lakes Lamprey Crosses The Pond For The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; Pleasant House Commemorates

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May 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

Who knew that the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee would have a local angle? It turns out that Great Lakes lamprey – an invasive species – were special delivered (frozen, of course) to England to be incorporated into a Jubilee pie for the Queen to commemorate the 60th year of her reign. Lamprey, an eel-like creature, is a traditional ingredient in English pie, but is now a protected species in England. British-themed Pleasant House Bakery in Bridgeport, infamous for its Royal Pies (carefully-crafted savory pies with a perfect flaky crust), is baking a commemorative local, Great Lakes-sourced lamprey pie in association with National Public Radio’s How to Do Everything. Pleasant House is recreating this pie (not for sale) in an episode to be aired on Sunday, June 3rd on Weekend Edition Sunday. For more information, visit HTDE’s website and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter @HTDE.

In addition, Pleasant House has fashioned an array of special dishes around Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. From June 2-5, Pleasant House will revive English specialties such as Coronation Chicken pie (served cold), jellied conger eels, an oft-requested carvery of Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, and a special springtime English tea.

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