I’m a great believer in healthy eating but I also believe that balance diet should include treats and less healthy options. It’s not about what you eat in a day but what you eat in a week. Life would be very boring/difficult if we didn’t indulge in the occasional treat etc. With this concept in mind I took up the offer to review the first cookbook from pieminister. If you are going to indulge then it should be enjoyable. Have you ever ordered a cake or desert as a treat, only to be disappointed by the lack of flavour? I have (but thankfully not very often). So if I’m going to make a pie who better to trust than Pieminister who have been baking and selling award winning pies since 2003. Their pies are sold at festivals, from their Pieminister cafes and in the best delis, farmers markets and pubs as well as nationwide mail order from their website & in some supermarkets nationwide.
The cookbook didn’t disappoint. It is full of beautiful photography and graphics and as well as recipes there are a selection of fun features such as a festival survival guide, how to make your own cider, booze matching and christmas party games. There are also useful guides to whats in season when, meat cuts, foraging and growing your own veg in the city. It’s a really fun cookbook to read and flick through.
The book starts out with basic recipes for the different pastries used in the cookbook and is very detailed, so great for beginners. Everything is explained in detail for those that want it and there are lots of hints and tips. The book is then split in to the four seasons with lots of recipes included for sweet and savory pies for each season. Finally the book finishes with a selection of recipes for accompaniments such as mashed potatoes (with lots of suggestions for flavouring your mash), salads and pickles.
Here is a selection of the recipes that caught my eye, pork, chorizo and prawn pie, pulled pork, cider and sage pie, sausage cider & potato pie, plumble (a mulled wine and plum crumble), clapshot pie (a twist on shepherd’s pie), cheesy tom’s beef hash and homemade baked beans and hedonist pie (chocolate tart). In case you missed it, yesterday I shared the recipe for smoked aubergine and olive strudel.
So if you like the sound of this cookbook then why not enter my giveaway. One lucky reader can win a copy of this cookbook. Simply leave a comment on this post to enter. For a bonus entry please tweet “Win a copy of the new pieminister cookbook @purelyfood http://wp.me/pKoJm-lC” and then leave a separate comment to say you have tweeted.
This competition is only open to readers with a UK mailing address. The winner will be selected using an online randomiser and I will announce the winner in a post on this blog (and notify them by email) as soon as possible after the giveaway closes. Giveaway ends 30th September 2011, 7pm.
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Thank you to random house for my review copy and for the opportunity to host this giveaway.