Special Attempt - Four 'N Twenty Chicken Parma Pie V.2

I know, I know, two Special Attempts in a row is a bit of a cop out, BUT we are heading out literally tomorrow for review mother-flippin' #300, this is just a little fill in to keep you occupied until then. 

Four 'n Twenty have been trying to crack the parma pie for a while now. I've listed this as "V.2" since we have done this before back in 2013 with their previous attempt at a parma pie. If you don't remember it might want to read that review to refresh your memory, as I'm probably going to be making a lot of references to it in this one. 

I didn't mind pie V.1, It wasn't perfect, but I thought the little schnitzel balls within the pie was an inspired way to transfer the parma experience to pie form. So when I heard last year that Triple M had teamed with Four 'n Twenty to create a brand new parma pie, my first thought was "why?", they had pretty much gotten it right the first time. 

When the parma pies were branded as the footy pie they were impossible to find. I had planned a special attempt when they were all the rage but a point-to-point search of all servos that I could find yielded no result. I had given up, Until I learned that Coles were now selling them in their freezers

On special for $4 per 4 pack. Bargain!

Cooking from frozen, I cracked one out of the bag...

V1 parma pie came with a microwave safe bag to ensure the retention of crispiness. V2 had no such bag. Nobody wants a soggy pie, so I checked the oven bake instructions on the pack. 45 minutes from frozen. Ughh ... Okay. 

Fired up the oven, chucked in the pie and 45 minutes later...

Okay! Freaking starving at this point, this was looking okay. Hot and crispy, as much as it was a pain in the ass I'd rather oven bake than microwave in the future. 

Out of interest I cracked open the lid and peered inside...

A river of cheese! With ham chunks floating on top. This was a promising sight.

I let it cool for a little, if this pie was anything like V.1 that cheese was hotter than the fires of Mount Doom in which the one ring was forged.

After a few minutes I was still a little worried about the temp, so opted to do the wimpy thing and proceed with a knife and fork


An eruption of tomato and cheese spewed forth. And to be honest it was actually pretty tasty! 

I had my suspicions, but to my dismay Four 'n Twenty have ditched the ingenious schnitzel balls for more traditional chunks of straight chicken throughout the pie. I will say there was more of it compared to the V.1 version, But in my opinion the schnitzel balls made for a more genuine parma experience.

Other than that it was a pretty solid pie! I am quietly stoked to have another three waiting for me in the freezer, although I doubt my drunk-at-2am self is going to have the patience to wait 45 minutes to heat the damn thing in the oven, hopefully its microwaved counterpart isn't that bad.

My thoughts on the V.2 parma pie are very similar to my thoughts on the V.1 parma pie - Not anywhere close to as good as a real parma at the pub, but worth a crack if you see them around. 

The search continues...

Special Attempt - Mix & Bake Easy-Peasy Chicken Parma Dog Biscuits

As we all know, this week in April is a very special, very sacred holiday for many around the country.

Thats right, earlier this week was International Pet Day. A "chance for those of us who own pets to show them how much we love them". Totally not a fluke that I bought the dog biscuit mix before I found out that this week was international pet day. Not a fluke at all. 

But! On this Good Friday, as a gift to those choosing not to eat meat on this day, I'm not going to parade photo after photo of delicious forbidden chicken under your nose, instead we're giving this week's attempt to the dogs. One dog, in particular.

Everyone, meet Molly. Aka. "Molly Moo", aka. "Mooza". 


As well as being a dog, she will be the guinea pig for today's special attempt. 

On a lazy afternoon's browse of eBay, I stumbled upon this...


Basically it's a powdered dog biscuit mix. Powdered Chicken Parma flavoured dog biscuit mix. Stir it up with some oil and water, cut out the bickies, put them in the oven and voila! Instant doggy treats. 

The instructions seem simple enough...


The ingredients seem to tick all the boxes. Chicken stock, dehydrated ham, powdered cheese and dehydrated veggies, which I'm calling as the napoli .

Although in 299 reviews I can't remember trying a parma with crushed kelp. But what the hell ... Let's do it! 

As you may be aware these "Cooking with ParmaDaze" segments are usually quite picture heavy, and this one will be no exception.

 First up the mix went into the bowl - 


Followed by the oil and water - 


And mix! 

The result is a ball of dough, laid out on a slightly floured surface - 


Rolled flat with a rolling pin - 


I'm not sure if the thing I found in the drawer was supposed to be used as a cookie cutter, but it was the only thing I had that resembled a cookie cutter. It did the job - 


Followed by laying the cookies out on an oven tray. There was enough dough to make a few more, but my tray was full and this was more than enough for the review.


At this point the cookies went into the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. 

The Doggo waited patiently for her treats... 


And 20 minutes later they were done! 


We waited for them to cool down for safety, then the moment of truth was upon us. Would my faithful companion enjoy chicken parmas as much as I do? Or would I have to disown her first thing in the morning? 

I captured the first taste on video - 

Success! She inhaled that thing and was keen for more. The Mix & Bake parma bickie was a complete success. 

However, my job was not yet complete.  

I'm the parma guy. It's my mission to try every parma that is available. It became clear while I was kneading the dough that I was going to have to taste the biscuit. For the sake of my art. The website. For you, dear reader... I was going to eat dog food.  

I braced myself and took a bite. 



To be honest it didn't really taste like a parma. It didn't really taste like anything. Just rolled oats, flour and a very slight gamey aftertaste. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't pleasant and I won't be carrying them around in my pocket for the occasional snack, but they weren't as bad as I was expecting.  

And that's it! The rest of the biscuits went into a zip lock bag for Mooza to enjoy over the next few days.

I'd call this a success, the Mix & Bake Biscuits are surprisingly easy to make and went over fantastically with the pupper. Should I spy them at the shop I'd have no qualms giving them another crack (for the dog, not for me). From what I gather from the packaging and the email receipts I received from eBay, the mix is made at the Diamond Dog Food & Bakery in Seaford, and sold by Lucky Pet in West Footscray. Should be too hard to track down if you want to give them a go for yourself!

I hope you've enjoyed this special attempt for the pets in our life. Hope you have a great Easter weekend and I'll catch you next week (Hopefully for a more Human appropriate parma experience).