A couple of weeks ago I met the founder of Higgidy, Camilla Stephens. “Pies the Higgidy way aren’t rushed because good cooking can’t be, people make their pies, not machines and they come up with innovative recipes that you won’t find anywhere else. ” In my words; upmarket, good quality, home made pies. They are good, I know that because I have had quite a few now.
Camilla is an inspiring lady who was so determined to do something she loved; cooking, that she took huge personal and professional risk to be where she is today with a hugely successful product and company making 200,000 pies every week! It is quite clear from hearing Camilla speak that she loves what she does and taste and quality are foremost in her remit.
We got to try Sweet potato & Feta Pie with Pumpkin Seeds, Venison and Cranberry and Lincolnshire Turkey, Bacon and Stuffing Pies. It was quite exciting that we got to try the Venison & Cranberry and Turkey, Bacon and Stuffing Pies before Camilla has even decided which one will hit the shops in time for Christmas…my favourite out of the two was Venison and Cranberry ( gorgeous hunks of rich vension with whole cranberries bursting in your mouth) and I wait with anticipation to see which gets chosen. I think the consensus among the group was that the Venison makes a change to turkey around the festive season. However, my overall favourite pie was the Sweet Potato & Feta with Pumpkin Seeds, huge chunks of sweet potato mixed with the sharp taste of feta, Perfect.
Much to my delight Camilla has brought out The Higgidy Cookbook; 100 recipes for pies and more. The huge dilemma was where to start. There are so many mouthwatering recipes that I want to make, and this is from someone who until recently had a little fear of baking with pastry. I started off with ‘ little hot dog rolls’. My next one is ‘pea and parmesan parcels’ which look utterly divine and will go into lunch boxes.
There is a pie or tart for every occasion in this recipe book and I highly recommend you get a copy now. Perfect for autumn and winter meals but if you get in quick and get the last of the summer strawberries you could make the strawberry and apricot freeform tart. Mmmmmmm