Squab or Pigeon Pie

Preparation info

  • Serves

    8

    • Difficulty

      Complex

Appears in

The Cookery of England

The Cookery of England

By Elisabeth Ayrton

Published 1975

  • About

The household books of Ingatestone Hall in Essex record that, in the week following Easter Sunday of the year 1552, ‘58 pigeons were taken’. These were from the great dovecote, which still stands. They would have been corn-fed. Nothing but fish, cheese and eggs had been eaten by family, guests and servants during the six weeks of Lent, and on the Easter Sunday roast and boiled beef, veal, capons, mutton and pigeons were served at dinner and supper to celebrate the end of the fast. The pigeo