|Sweet, sweet pie dreams|
I don't eat many shop-bought pies (or much processed meat for that matter) because it's often dubious quality meat - try our top 10 pie recipes to make your own. I bloody love Pieminister. Their meat is free-range British, and as close to getting an Eton-educated, lovingly brought up cut as you possibly can without making the thing yourself. Their veggie pies are approved by The Vegetarian Society. They even did a charity drive for Africa last year called - ho ho - The Cattle Drive. They're just nice. Given the last festival I went to was Glastonbury 2007 (never again), I'd thought my pie days were behind me. I'm healthy! Ish. I do 5:2! Well, I did it that day, last year, once.
And then Pieminister offered to send me some pies. They didn't know that I have a colossal soft spot for them, so the fact I responded with the epistle equivalent of "PIES! Pies for me! It's Christmas come again!" probably caused them some concern. Anyway. Moving on.
Their new Lighter range is a shameless and delicious grab for the 5:2 market. They've ditched the usual crust in favour of a thinner, seeded pastry and it's got a herby, seed-y crumb topping which means each pie rocks in at 440 calories while still being the size of a small house.
There are three varieties: Light as a Feta (butternut squash, feta and sun-dried tomato), Kooky Chook (free-range British chicken, sweet potato, coconut and chilli) and Chickalito (free-range British chicken and free-range British dry-cured ham). I'm just going to carry on writing free-range British until I go blind.
|Kooky Chook! Should go perfectly well with Quirky Bird.|
Kooky Chook was gorgeous. Having just got back from Thailand, I left it til last, but it was my favourite. I adore coconut at the best of times, but the whole pie just clicked. And actually, it's not remotely Thai, so forget I said anything. Light as a Feta impressed the whole group. We're a bunch of carnivores, but this pie was well-seasoned and had a terrific flavour. I'd happily pass one of these off as my own cooking next time I have to cook for a veggie at dinner (sorry Ian).
|Chickalito - needs an Abba remix|
Pieminister Lighter Pies are £3.50 each or there's an intro offer at Waitrose/Ocado at £2.62 a pie. You can also pick them up at farmers markets, pie pubs and at Pieminister restaurants. YUM.