Today is the turn of yours truly in our staff favouite pie series for British Pie Week. I have worked here for the last four years and over that time my job role has ranged from picking and packing orders in the cutting room to answering the phones, inputting invoices, posting on our social media and, obviously since you’re reading this, writing our blogs. I wasn’t always into food and in fact used to be an incredibly fussy eater however I have always enjoyed a good pie. I would argue that my husband makes the best pies but since that wasn’t an option here my favourite has to be the Kickin Chicken curry pie from Chunk of Devon.
This lightly spiced pie is packed full of flavour from the chunks of tender chicken marinaded in curry spices mixed with onions, tomatoes and peppers in a creamy coconut curry sauce. The buttery shortcrust pastry is lovely and crisp which compliments the filling and paired with some classic chunky chips this is my idea of a perfect pie.
Q&A with Bethany
Q: Favourite Pie and why?
A: Usually I would choose my husbands homemade Chicken & Chorizo pie with a suet pastry top which is basically a huge dumpling and utterly delicious but for this I have chosen the Kickin’ Chicken Curry pie. It’s so full of flavour with just a hint of spice which I love.
Q: Chips or Mash?
A: It’s got to be proper thick cut chips deep fried so they are crispy on the outside and lovely and fluffy on the inside.
Q: If you had to eat only one meal for the rest of your lift that would it be?
A: To start I would choose a fish platter mostly because I can never just choose one thing! So on it would be some smoked salmon pate, lightly dressed handpicked crab and grilled oysters with a lemon and thyme butter with some sour dough bread and lots of salted butter – preferably black garlic butter which is absolutely delicious. Then a crab risotto topped with cod loin wrapped in parma ham with some roasted cherry tomatoes and finally a sticky toffee pudding with proper Devon clotted cream. I’ll be the size of a house when I’m finished!
Q: How long have you worked at Isca Foods?
A: I think four years… it’s a bit of a blur.
Q: What is your role at Isca?
A: Assorted! Anything from inputting invoices, posting on social media, answering the phones etc.
Q: Have you always wanted to work in the Food Industry?
A: No but it seems to be where I have ended up, I love eating and writing about food so I think I’m in the right place!
Q: What do you look forward to doing most when lockdown restrictions have eased completely?
A: Definitely going out for some nice food and drinks with friends. Dinner, pub lunch, breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, cocktails, anything. I’m looking forward to eating something that I haven’t had to cook or clear up.
We couldn’t get through a whole British Pie Week without mentioning Chunk of Devon. These pie and savoury producers have been making their award-winning pies since 2006 at ‘the pie factory’ in Ottery St Mary. The combination of locally sourced ingredients and rich, buttery pastry results in some truly delicious pies. We asked members of the Isca Foods team what their favourite pies in the range were:
Liam – Managing Director – Chicken & Bacon Pie
This creamy chicken pie is a classic favourite among our staff and indeed the nation. In a study conducted by Jus-Rol last year to find out Britain’s favourite pies the Chicken & Bacon came in at number 9. Succulent chicken breast and thigh combined with smoked bacon and leeks in a creamy white wine sauce make this pie a delicious treat.
Tracey – Food Picker – Spicy Jack Pie
The Spicy Jack Pie is the newest addition to the Chunk range. Packed with jack fruit, squash, peppers and sweet potato this lightly spiced pie is bursting with flavour and, now wrapped in wholewheat pastry, is suitable for vegans!
Karl – Floor Supervisor – Steak and Stilton Pie
The Steak & Stilton has already been mentioned this week so it’s no surprise that it comes up as one of our staff favourites. This pie is made with quality beef, tangy Stilton and buttery garlic mushrooms and is wrapped in delicious short crust pastry. What more could you want from a pie?
Bethany – Administrator – Kickin’ Chicken Curry Pie
This pie has been a huge hit with our customers since its introduction a few years ago. Tender chicken chunks are cooked in a light and creamy curry sauce with onions, peppers and potato and wrapped in buttery shortcrust pastry. The filling is full of flavour with a slight kick for lovers of spicy curries!
For the whole of March we will be running a promotion on the Chunk of Devon Homity pies to celebrate Pie Week! This delicious vegetarian pie is filled with potato, mature Cheddar cheese, onion and garlic and topped with more West Country Cheddar cheese. Get in touch for full details!
Click here to view the whole Chunk of Devon range of pies, pasties and savouries. Happy Pie Week!
It’s British Pie Week! To celebrate we will be posting recipes for our five favourite pie fillings all this week from Steak & Stilton to Goats Cheese & Butternut Squash. Today’s pie is a personal favourite: Chicken & Chorizo.
This pie came about from a love of chorizo in and on anything. The sherry adds a delicious sweetness and the parsley and cream make the filling incredibly more-ish. Topped with a shortcrust pastry lid some people would argue that this is technically not a pie however we believe that the flavour speaks for itself. Trust us and try for yourself following the recipe below.
Ingredients (serves 4):
8 chicken thighs, cut into chunks
1 tbsp sunflower oil
200g chorizo, diced
25g plain flour
1 onion, diced
100ml dry sherry
140ml single cream
2 tbsp dried parsley
400ml chicken stock
Salt and pepper
250g self-raising flour
150g beef or vegetable suet
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1: Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the chicken. Cook until brown and transfer to a plate.
2: Add the onion and chorizo to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onions begin to turn slightly orange from the chorizo oil. Stir in the flour and then add the sherry. Bring to the boil and allow to boil for 2 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
3: Return the chicken to the pan and add the stock, parsley and seasoning. Cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes.
4: Meanwhile prepare the pastry. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add cold water, 1 tbsp at a time until a dough begins to form. Roll into a ball, cover and chill for 20 minutes.
5: Pre-heat the oven to 200C, Gas Mark 6.
6: Once the chicken is tender add the cream to the pan and stir. Turn up the heat and allow some of the liquid to evaporate, resulting in a white sauce consistency.
7: Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to around ½cm thick.
8: Transfer the filling to a pie dish and top with the pastry. Seal the edges using your fingers to crimp the pastry into the dish. Make a small hole in the centre to allow air to escape. Brush with the egg and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Serve immediately.
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