Pieminister cookbook review & giveaway

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.

The rules

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.

Please leave a separate comment for each different type of entry.

Please make sure when you leave a comment you include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Thank you to random house for my review copy and for the opportunity to host this giveaway.

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42 thoughts on “Pieminister cookbook review & giveaway

  1. Bound to be a few Gurt Lush recipes in this bad boy. Couldn’t think of a better way to make a mess in the kitchen than re-creating pieminster magic! Yum Yum! Now where’s my rolling pin?

  2. Wasn’t ever one for pies till I found Pie Minister pies…now it’s a case of WHO ATE ALL THE PIES…..and it’s the HEIDIS I’m a fan of! YUUMMMMMM!!! Really fancy the sound of the CHILLiCONCARNi pieeeeeeeeee MmmmmMMMMM!

  3. Who doesn’t love a good pie? However, being a vegetarian i find it ever so slightly difficult to find a recipe that isn’t just cheese and onion (not that there’s anything wrong with it.). I’m Sooo excited about the Aubergine and olive strudel recipe. Yum

  4. PieMinister is the only name you need to remember if you want a decent Pie! You can’t beat a good Matador with Mash, Peas and Gravy. Friday is Pieday for me in St Nic’s market whenever I can get there. Nothing better to kick the weekend off with!

  5. For all the gluten intolerant pie lovers I can recommend potato pastry – I am going to try this with the Pieminister recipes – use only King Edward potatoes 500g – boil and mash, wait until cool then add 250g gluten free flour and one large egg (or two small ones) plus some salt. Mix well and roll out straight away. Use the Wilkinson silicone muffin cases as the pastry is best cut into smaller pie sizes.

  6. Just finished wolfing (cowing?) one of your moo n’blue pies – yum! Would love that cookbook (or a ticket to Bristol!)

  7. I loved pieminster before I moved to Bristol, and now I just have to keep eating them out of Bristolian loyalty… plus, they’re nomalicious. *nods*. (Nobody else seems to have posted email addresses, so I assume you can contact via twitter?)

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