“ Manufacturer: Higgidy / Food Type: Pies „
This review is for
Higgidy Little Moroccan Vegetable and Feta Pie
Spicy Tomato, Aubergine, Feta and Lentil Filling [69%], Seeded Shortcrust Pastry [26%], Glazed Puff Pastry Star (4%), Caraway Seeds
Seeded Shortcrust Pastry contains: Wheat Flour, Salted Butter, Vegetable Oil, Italian Hard Cheese, Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds, and Cayenne Pepper.
Spicy Tomato, Aubergine, Feta and Lentil Filling contains: Tomato, Onion, Aubergine, Feta, Lentils, Garlic, Brown Sugar, Ginger, Vegetable Oil, Olive Oil, Salt, Ground Coriander, Cumin Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Citric Acid, Turmeric, and Cayenne Pepper.
Glazed Puff Pastry Star contains: Wheat Flour, Egg Yolk Glaze, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Emulsifier: Mono & Diglycerides of Fatty Acids.
Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Egg, Sesame Seeds
May contain traces of nuts
Available from Waitrose, Sainsbury, and Ocado in the fresh chilled section.
A little while on Dooyoo I wrote an article singing the praises of Higgidy Pies. These chunky treats which would warm any winter plate with a delicious tasty appetite filling meal are some of my favourites. However in a bid to keep my weight down I always share one of these with my husband, so I was delighted to discover they have another range called "Little Higgidy Pies" which are designed for this purpose-to provide a delicious pie but without the calorie overload!
So it was with great pleasure that I selected three of these for our Sunday lunch this week, and I chose the Little Moroccan Vegetable and Feta Pie, but I could have chosen one of two others, both vegetarian, namely The Little Mushroom and Leaf Spinach Pie, or the Little Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Pie.
Normally I like to make meals from scratch but this weekend we have had relative chaos as we are in the middle of decorating our bedroom, and so a quick and easy meal was required-or a chip shop visit-not much good really for us as we are veggies.
These pies are made with passion. If you go to www.higgidy.co.uk you can watch the owner, Camilla, making "The Red Pepper and Squash Pie" in her kitchen emulating how it is made by her team on a larger scale. Certainly you can see the enthusiasm oozing from every word. She has built the business from scratch since 2003, and these pies are as home made as you would expect if you prepared them yourself.
The Little Moroccan Vegetable And Feta Pie
The Little Moroccan Vegetable and Feta Pie I sampled for Sunday lunch was £2.49 in Sainsbury, and these are regularly on offer and also available from Ocado and in Waitrose. These are single portion pies and the first thing you notice is the delightful packaging. There is a plastic section on the front which allows you to view the pie, and this affords the first glimpse of the star shaped top which I think gives the pie a festive look to it. Also depicted is an image of Camilla who is the inspiration and recipe creator.
This pie is made with roasted aubergines, feta and lentils in a spicy tomato sauce in a shortcrust pastry case. The pastry is speckled with caraway seeds, and the entire pie has a lovely spicy taste which of course is the intention. By creating a pie with fewer calories you need more taste, and this succeeds in all aspects in my opinion. The pie has a puff pastry star on the top, as I said and this completes the festive and special image. You would be delighted to be served this in any restaurant as it is different, innovative, and very tasty.
The feta cheese disappears into the creamy filling and isn't really discernable as a separate ingredient, but the overall texture is lovely and is a rich red as the aubergines colour the dish beautifully. The cumin and turmeric as well as the cayenne pepper really add to the spicy flavours, and the pastry has a melt in the mouth quality. I also think that by roasting the aubergines all the flavours become more intense. I often roast vegetables in the oven with olive oil and salt and pepper, and the flavour of these is really strong and delicious.
What I love about this pie is the calorie content which is 410 for the entire pie. If you serve with vegetables or a salad this is a great asset, and the bonus is you still feel satisfied after eating. Camilla suggests a Tabbouleh Salad makes a good accompaniment too.
The bad news is that it is still 22.5g fat, but this is the inevitable consequence of a pastry product. Each pie also has 1.3 g salt which is a not insignificant amount, so it is important to bear this in mind.
What I love about these pies is that they are as near to home made as you can get, and the creator is a lady who has built up the business from nothing except a passion and a gem of an idea. Buying these really supports small business and enterprise, and I personally feel strongly about this.
It is possible to freeze these on the day of purchase but they only keep for a month in prime condition after freezing. I think as they look so festive I might do this ready for any unexpected guests. They do keep well in the fridge, however, and the pies I bought recently would have been fine for over a week.
Cooking is simple- just 20 minutes in the oven at 180C or 350F Gas Mark 4.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
I think if you love pies as much as I do but feel a bit guilty when the calories become frighteningly high this might be one to try. Being a Lancashire lass from birth I was brought up on pies, but have had to temper my love of them over the years to avoid turning into a lady the size of a house! However, these are a lot more reasonable in calories and certainly very tasty indeed.
The business is expanding and now they are sending their pies to Paris-I think this endorses what I feel- that these pies are aesthetically beautiful, and now the French love them. A discerning market over there I am sure means that success of this business must be guaranteed.
We all loved the Moroccan Vegetable and Feta Pie-now I am turning my attention to the other two little pies which I must sample over the coming weeks. It might even send my rolling pin into redundancy!