The tradition of the talking pie

My children are quick to adopt traditions. If it’s something they like, it seems they instantly fast-track it to tradition status. “But Mummy,” they tell me, “That’s what we always do.” Take the tradition of the talking pie. Once, I had lots of leftover pastry and decided to cut out words to decorate the top of a bacon and egg pie we were taking on a picnic.

I felt proud of myself for making the effort and it was certainly well-received. But I was a little surprised the next time I baked a pie to hear my kids whisper, “I can’t wait to see what’s written on the top.” Unfortunately there was nothing that time, but I haven’t missed a pastry love moment since. Sometimes it’s a holiday destination, sometimes it’s our names – if I’m really pushed for time it’s a shape.

I think traditions like this create a sense of belonging in a family and create the kinds of memories I hope my children will carry with them into adulthood. And it’s always worth the extra few minutes it takes. After all, it’s our tradition.


About Author

Hannah Dickson

Hannah was the editor of Parenting magazine and from 2008 until 2015. She's a mother of two primary school-aged children and is passionate about baking, cupcakes and giving children a great start with a warm and creative family life.

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