It might sound a little contradictory after my last blog, which was all about losing weight, but I had to let you know about the Today’s Special Value that we have planned for Thursday 5th February…
In fact 14 of them, two each of four different steak pies and three chicken varieties, each filled to the puff pastry brim with succulent, tender meat and rich tasty gravy.
The Real Pie Company grew from a family artisan butcher who made pies to sell alongside the joints of meat and sausages you expect from a butchers. The pies were so popular the family started a dedicated pie kitchen 16 years ago and today the freshly baked principle still holds, with each small batch of pies carefully hand filled and baked under the watchful eye of the chef. Great meat is the basis of the pies, locally sourced whenever possible. It’s slow cooked first, to ensure it is mouth-wateringly and meltingly delicious, then combined with vegetables and full flavoured gravy to create the filling. The hand made short crust pasty base seals in all the flavours and the puff pastry top gives a lovely light crisp to the bite.
We love eating Real Pies for tea – I don’t add potatoes when it’s just Olley and me eating as there’s enough carb in the scrumptious pastry – I just do lots of fresh vegetables. It’s the easiest meal to prepare – just pop the pie in the oven and wait for the gorgeous smell to fill the kitchen! If any of the children are eating with us, some mashed potatoes (regular or sweet) complete the perfect comfort meal.
I always have some pies in the freezer – they are such a simple option when I need to feed hungry mouths at the end of a busy day. And these are pies where I know I’m eating premium quality ingredients. I cook most of our meals from scratch so that I control what we are eating, but I know that Real Pie contain only ingredients that I would choose myself. And at the TSV price of just £2.57 a pie (and NO P&P!) I don’t think I could make them at home for less.
They arrive at my front door within 24 hours of being cooked, individually wrapped in an insulated box with gel ice packs to keep them chilled. You can pop them into the fridge for up to four days, but we almost always have some for tea that day, and the rest go straight into the freezer.
I do hope you’ll try them – in my opinion they are the best pies you can buy! My favourites have always been the steak pies (or Cow Pie, as Desperate Dan would say) and there is a new combination in this collection of 14 Artisan Pies – with steak, kidney and mushroom. Other flavours are steak and mushroom, beef and Guinness, pepper steak, chicken and ham, chicken and mushroom and chicken and leek. Do give them a go – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.