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Medieval Pork Pie A Hit In 'Morning Edition' Contest

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And before kicking off Pie Week, MORNING EDITION sponsored a pie contest here in the office. One of our winners was science editor Maria Godoy, who baked a medieval pork pie.

MARIA GODOY, BYLINE: It was a sweet and savory dish made of ground pork and currants, dates and honey. And then I got these dragon figurines breathing flames to sort of guard the dish.

MONTAGNE: Maria was inspired by the fantasy novel and HBO series "Game of Thrones."

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC, "GAME OF THRONES")

MONTAGNE: The series conjures up a fantasy world based on medieval England where regions and families fight for dominance. The show inspired a cookbook written by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer. It's called "A Feast of Fire and Ice." Maria says that's where she found that pie recipe and others.

GODOY: Foods like sweet lemon cakes and warm pork pies and mulled wine. And the authors decided to go back into medieval cookbooks and find authentic recipes for these meals.

MONTAGNE: Maria Godoy writes for our blog, The Salt, on npr.org. Tomorrow, we'll explore regional pies with the author of "The United States of Pie." Tell us about your attachment to pie on Twitter @MORNINGEDITION. And make sure to use the hashtag #PieWeek. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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