After a recent visit to my mum, my partner & I were driving past Pie in the Sky in Olinda when he started reminiscing about how good pie floaters were & suggested that perhaps I could make them for dinner one night. Personally, the idea of a meat pie covered in tomato sauce in a bowl of pea soup sounds absolutely revolting to me but thought that I would give it a go anyway - on one condition - no pea soup! Peas are about the only vegetable that I don't like & I hate the idea of pea soup so I decided to try pie floaters with potato & leek soup instead.
Now this should have been an easy meal - we bought pies from La Panella so they only needed heating in the oven & I made a very simple soup - just peeled diced potatoes, diced leeks, garlic, massel chicken stock to cover & then blended down to a thick soup with a bit of soy milk stirred in at the end. But - this meal was a disaster, I burnt my finger so badly that it has scarred by some soup bubbling up & splattering my finger & my oven caught on fire! Yep, I opened my oven door to flames shooting out! So after the fire was put out, the smoke cleared & the mountains of ash cleaned from my kitchen, we sat down to pie floaters which I reluctantly have to admit weren't bad! I thought the pies would go soggy but they didn't at all & because the soup was thick it was kind of reminiscent of a shepherds pie. I didn't love them but definitely didn't hate them either & would consider making them again.