Eagerly I unpacked yet another box Abel & Cole sent my way for a review. This time it is pies. Not quite a summer dish to enjoy but very comforting nonetheless. Come and take a peek…
To answer the most important question first: is the crust any good? Yes, it is scrumptious. Light and flaky but at the same time quite rich.
Steak & Ale Pie
This is my favourite pie by far. The beef is meltingly tender and the sauce absolutely divine. More meat would have been nice though.
Verdict: Best flavour.
Chicken & Ham Pie
As you can see this pie is crammed with meat. At first bite there was no doubt in my mind that I was savouring chicken because it had a very strong flavour.
Verdict: Best value.
Spicy Lamb & Apricot Pie
As much as I especially looked forward to this one, it unfortunately disappointed. On the upside the meat was not gristly as I have experienced with tonnes of other commercial lamb products. As someone with a sweet tooth I felt the apricot was not nearly prevalent enough and unexpectantly lots of carrot was present. Most importantly, the flavour/spices didn’t do this pie any favours.
Verdict: Needs work.
The pies were delivered in an ice box with some ice packs to keep them fresh. You have the option to freeze them. The pies were very easy to heat (and eat!) up in the oven. Shame about the lamb but do go for the chicken or beef pies!
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Terms & Conditions: To take advantage of this offer, add code BLOGSUB50 in the special offer codes section when you place your first order before 31st December 2009. Choose your fruit & veg box and select “every week” for your order frequency. After 4 consecutive deliveries (each of £15 or more) you will receive a £50 credit on your account. This can be spent on any products of your choice at Abel & Cole within 3 months. No cash alternative. Subject to availability. Prices correct at time of going to press and subject to change without notice. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, except selected price discounts.