Yesterday, I rang a phone number in Manchester.
“Hello, Breville”, said the girl in the press office.
“Is that the same Breville that makes useful kitchen appliances?” I asked.
“The very same.”
“Where can I get a Breville Pie Magic, then?”
“I beg your pardon?”
“You can’t. We stopped making them several years ago.”
“I’m sorry. There just wasn’t the market.”
I found a couple on Ebay, but who in their right mind would pie a second-hand pie machine? It's had other people's pie in it and would be like using someone else's underpants as a tea strainer.
Perhaps you might like to join me on my crusade to force Breville to restart production of the Pie Magic. A much-missed addition to any kitchen, I am sure you'll agree, and if we can get pie-supremo Fraser on our side, our crust is as good as glazed.
Anyone can use a sandwich toaster – often to devastating effect – the Pie Magic is the kitchen implement that separates Homo Sapiens from Homo Superior.