My love affair with Pukka Pies started at the age of 13 when we would drive past the fish and chip shop, in our battered old school bus, on the way home. Outside the shop in the pretty market town of Fairford proudly stood a Pukka Pie sign and so, my journey home would be spent dreaming about having a Pukka Pie for dinner. When I became a vegetarian at the age of 18 I stopped eating Pukka Pies, until this year when something life changing happened – Pukka Pies released a Veggie Tikka Masala Pukka Pie.
I think there are certain foods that really encapsulate emotions and periods in your life and Pukka Pie is that for me – it’s the wholesome, hearty food of my teenage years. Sharing food is a wonderful bonding experience and it’s something I really miss as a single mum – most of our meals are just the two of us and I miss entertaining. Couples tend to stick together and you find yourself being invited to less things and rarely to dinner parties. The thought of single handedly hosting a dinner party was quite daunting but I took matters into my own hands and gathered together a group of my favourite people and, instead of going out for food, everyone came to mine and was served a Pukka Pie of their choice (steak & porter ale, chicken, leek & pancetta or veggie tikka masala).
There was no stress, no last minute panic about preparing something; I was able to put Eddie to bed and calmly prepare some veg whilst the pies cooked to perfection in the oven – proving that entertaining and having people over can (and should be) stress free. The meal went down a treat because – let’s face it – have you ever met anyone that didn’t like a Pukka Pie?
It’s not just friends that I’m looking to please, as a time poor single mum providing hearty, healthy, quick meals is priority and this Sunday, rather than spending half the day slaving over a roast, we had Pukka Pies at my mum’s house leaving the afternoon free to spend at the cinema. As we chatted and laughed over our lunch, I watched Eddie tucking into his chicken and leek pie, the child to pie ratio is quite astounding (a bit ‘man vs. food) but he was not to be defeated and polished off the whole meal. I wasn’t surprised, like I said, who doesn’t love a Pukka Pie?