The people at Pieminister have happened on something pretty special – gorgeous pie recipes. Their hand made, golden-topped pies have been selling on their stand at Borough Market since 2004, and even the Queen has had a taste of Pieminister fare.
Their range of pies all have affectionate names, and we got our mouths around the Matador Pie, Heidi Pie, Mr Porky Pie and the rather grand sounding Chicken of Aragon Pie. The chicken pie was pretty special, not least for the addition of Vermouth in its ingredients list, whilst the Matador satisfied our carnivorous side with its filling of free range British beef steak and chorizo. All of the pies are wrapped up in a very decent pastry covering and although they taste good cold, they really come into their own after 20 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees C. There’s nothing more satisfying when its cold and drab in the winter, than pulling a properly crafted pie out of the oven and devouring it.
You might have eaten your way though one of Pieminister’s offerings if you’ve been on the festival trail in the UK recently. Pieminister have had stalls running at Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Bestival and WOMAD, so the chances are that your belly may already have had the pleasure. If you haven’t stuffed one of these strapping pies into your mouth yet, you can get your hands on them at Borough Market of course, as well as Whole Foods, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose.