It is no secret that I love to cook; I mean, I run a food blog for goodness sake! But even the most passionate of cooks have days where they really don't want to have to cook, or just don't have time to; and on those kinds of days I am happy to turn to something pre-made for a quick and easy meal. My most common go-to's are pizza, tortelloni, or, my favourite, a Higgidy pie or quiche with salad.
If you haven't heard of Higgidy before then I highly suggest that you seek some out; they make exceedingly good pies, quiches and sausage/veggie rolls with loads of tasty vegetarian as well as meaty options.
My favourites are the spinach, feta and roasted red pepper quiche and the feta and red pepper veggie rolls (I clearly really like feta!), and Damian really liked the chicken, bacon and mushroom pie; but I've never eaten anything from them that I didn't like.
What I love most about Higgidy pies is that they concentrate on the flavour (as they should!); the pies all look rustic and homemade, each one a little different to it's neighbor, but they really shine on the flavour front. I find that a lot of supermarket pies may look perfect, but when you dig into them they are actually exceedingly bland, which is why if I'm going to buy a pie, it's got to be a Higgidy one; they never disappoint on taste. Indeed, the best food often looks a little bit 'higgidy'; for example, how often does a home-made cake or pie come out looking absolutely perfect? Very rarely! (In my case at least), But they taste far, far superior to any pristine-looking, mass-produced version.
The pies perfectly suit my mismatched collection of crockery which is also a bit 'higgidy'. I have very few pieces that actually match but that is how I like it. 'Perfect' has it's place but I prefer a more rustic set up with vintage, inherited pieces. I have plates that my parents bought on a trip to New Mexico when I was five, my great grandmother's china (which is so fine and delicate I can hardly bear to use it!), my grandfather's teapot, and a collection of charity shop and car boot sale finds – that is my kind of perfect.
Higgidy have recently redesigned their packaging with a vibrant, eye-catching new look – a range of hand-drawn designs that are inspired by an eclectic collection of vintage, mismatched ceramic plates. They are really quirky and arty and heavily feature drawings of animals which instantly won me over. I particularly like the peacock design and there is a really lovely fox one that sadly wasn't in stock at my local Sainsbury's.
Higgidy pies and quiches are widely available in most UK supermarkets; give them a try, they have a pie for everyone!
This post is sponsored by Higgidy. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to continue doing what I love – playing with food and making a mess of my kitchen.