In collaboration with Higgidy.
A good pie, to me, represents the ultimate in comfort food. That combination of crumbly, flakey pastry and a protein packed filling is the formula for a perfectly satisfying meal. As a young girl, my mother used to make the best pies I’d ever tasted. She would use my grandmother’s pie crust recipe – a recipe my grandmother had brought from England when she immigrated to Canada to marry my grandfather after the war. That pie crust recipe was used for both savoury and sweet fillings and baked to a perfect crust every time.
I do make that recipe, on occasion, but you know, sometimes, you just want someone else to do all the pie-making work for you.
This is where Higgidy comes in.
Higgidy was officially established in 2003 from The Higgidy Kitchen in West Sussex (incidentally, the same borough my grandmother came from!). Co-founded by husband and wife team Camilla Stephens and James Foottit the business has gone from strength to strength over the last decade and a half. They started with a small range of four pies and now make over twenty different pies, quiches and sausage rolls, including a range of lower-calorie ‘Little Pies’.
The word ‘Higgidy’ refers to the fact that all of their pies, quiches and sausage rolls are not perfect, that they will always look slightly different from their neighbours. Perfect has its place when it comes to food, but the best tasting food always looks a bit ‘Higgidy’.
That’s why I never wanted Higgidy to be about precision or perfection. Because what matters is the joy of sharing delicious food with the people you love. There’s no need to worry if your napkins don’t match or your pastry isn’t perfect – in fact, the best bits of a meal are often the slightly burned edges of your roast potatoes or the gooey, undercooked middle of a chocolate fudge brownie. – Camilla Stephens, co-founder
Higgidy has recently redesigned their packaging with a completely new look. Their bright and arty designs can now be easily spotted on shelves in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, the Co-op, Booths, Budgens, Boots, Tesco, Asda and many other participating stockists. They are also available from Ocado.
What’s your favourite Higgidy product? Is it their spinach, feta and toasted pine nut pie – a vibrant pie a little like a Mediterranean holiday on a plate. Is it their cauliflower cheese pie with oat crumble – a richly comforting pie that makes a perfect midweek sofa supper, or perhaps you prefer their slow cooked steak and red wine pie – much like the beef bourguignon that inspired the recipe, their classically French pie is reminiscent of elegantly lit bistros, deep full red wine and the odd Gallic shrug.
Let me know in the comments below and be in for a chance to win four Higgidy vouchers – lunch, on us!
We’d like to invite you to lunch! There are four Higgidy vouchers worth £14.20 up for grabs for one lucky UK reader. These vouchers can be redeemed against any Higgidy product of your choice.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
This giveaway is open to UK entries only. Entrants must be age 18 or over. The winner will need to respond within 30 days of being contacted; failure to do this may result in another winner being selected.
The prize is offered and provided by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. The prize is to win four Higgidy vouchers worth £14.20. There is no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable.
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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Higgidy. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands who make it possible for me to do what I love: mess up my kitchen and share recipe stories.