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And they called it Rappie Pie…..

on August 23, 2012

(sung to Donny Osmond’s song, “And They Called It Puppy Love”)

Rappie pie…..where to begin….perhaps with a short history lesson of the Acadian people of Nova Scotia.

The Acadians are the descendents of the 17th century French colonists who settled in the Eastern Canadas Maritime provinces 15 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. In 1755, the British, fearing the Acadians a threat to the new English colony, deported approximately 11,500 Acadians (3/4 of the Acadian population in Nova Scotia), confiscating their lands, property and sometimes burning their home and sending them to the eastern seaboard, primarily Louisiana. (Cajun is the word Acadien pronounced with an Acadian accent.) Others were deported back to France.

Getting back to Rappie pie………

As far as we know, Rappie Pie doesn’t exist anywhere else in Canada, except in small parts of southwest Nova Scotia (again, in our backyard!) And you didn’t think we had such diversity here! Within our 40 mile radius, Rappie pie is a household name.

After the Acadians started returning to the Martime provinces, they grew lots of potatoes and hence, the Rappie pie was born.

How is Rappie pie made? Traditionally you would start with a bucket of potatoes and grate them. The grated potatoes are wrung out to remove the liquid, leaving only the pulp. Pulp is sold in individual bags at our local grocery store. The next step is to cook a chicken in a big pot of water, making broth as you go adding onions, carrots, salt and pepper. When the chicken is cooked, de-boned and broken up into small chunks, the broth is strained and brought back to a boil. In a large bowl, slowly mix the hot broth into the potato pulp (5 pounds of potato pulp will require about 20 cups of broth). In a large greased pan, 1/2 of the potato mixture is poured into the pan, followed with the chicken and covering the top with the remainder of the potato pulp. The pie is then cooked in a hot oven for 3 hours and voila…..

Bon Appetite!

And back to Acadian history…….in 2003 at the request of Acadian representatives, Queen Elizabeth issued a Royal Proclamation acknowledging the deportation of 1755 and established July 28th as an annual day of commemoration. The day is called the “Great Upheaval” on some calendars.

 Vive l’ Acadians!


2 responses to “And they called it Rappie Pie…..

  1. “The thing is,” Bandit says, “I didn’t get any yet. You need to write a few of these damned (sorry) blog posts from my perspective!

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