Easy as pie: the top trends sweeping the UK market

first_imgStart the day off on a pieForget about going to work on an egg, why not try going to work on a pie instead?“There are ways to diversify a pie, for example you could fill a pastry case with sausage, egg and mushrooms and make it a breakfast pie,” says Charlie Bigham’s Willday.London-based restaurant Epic Pies is one such establishment to experiment with the idea. Alongside its breakfast menu of eggs benedict and avocado on sourdough toast lies the full English tart – a bountiful breakfast with eggs, two sausages, two bacon rashers, mushrooms and baked beans served in a puff pastry tart base for £7.95 (pictured).As the brunching hours approach, the opportunity grows.“Breakfast staples such as bacon, eggs, sausage translate perfectly into pies,” explains Pieminister’s Simon. “In our restaurants we serve a very popular bottomless brunch at weekends, having created three different pies for the occasion (for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans).”The offer includes Morning Glory, a sausage and bacon pie with cheesy bechamel and a baked egg, and Sunny Pie Up, a red onion & rosemary veggie sausage pie with bechamel and a baked egg.Pieminister is also exploring the opportunity for pies in the snacking market with its patties. Although not strictly pies, the four-strong range of patties are made from the brand’s pie lids that are folded in half and filled for an on-the-go snack. Britain is a nation of pie-lovers. Whether enjoying them at football games or as part of a chippy tea, it’s clear the answer to the infamous question ‘who ate all the pies’ is simply ‘Brits’.In fact, the nation loves them so much it’s currently observing British Pie Week – an annual celebration of the pastry-encrusted treats – taking place from 2 to 8 March.But tastes have moved beyond a simple meat and gravy pie as consumers demand something a tad more exciting. Here, we explore the trends hitting the pie playground. Vegan pies are hitting the mainstreamVegan-friendly food has arguably transcended beyond a trend to become something that is expected. That said, it’s still worth mentioning in the context of pies – a traditionally meat-heavy meal loaded with butter or animal fat in the pastry.“With veganism expected to jump by an additional 325% this year, it’s no surprise we’re seeing a move towards more vegetarian and vegan pie options – both in restaurants and in home cooking,” says Willday from Charlie Bigham’s.Rather than detracting from the experience, he believes it will offer more room for experimentation highlighting the use of less traditional vegetable fillings such as pumpkin, beetroot and artichokes.“The interesting thing about vegetarian and vegan pies is that you have more scope to play and push the flavour boundaries, as you’re working beyond those ingredients found in traditional pies.”Here are a few recent examples of vegan NPD from pie brands:Higgidy launched a Creamy Mushroom & Kale Pie in 2019 which has now been joined by an Aubergine & Spinach Masala Pie as well as Miso Mushroom Vegan RollsDelice de France recently launched two vegan square pies – a Fake & Ale Pie with steak-style strips and baby onions in a vegan ale sauce, and a Saag Mangalore one filled with cauliflower, spinach, chickpeas and lentils in a spicy sauce (pictured).Fray Bentos created its first-ever vegetarian pie in 2019, a Vegetable Balti, followed by a Vegan Steak & Kidney Bean one which was named Best Pie at PETA’s annual awards.Vegan pies are proving they can stand up against meaty counterparts. A curried sweet potato, butternut squash & spinach pie from Jon Thorner’s was named ‘Pie of pies’ at 2019’s British Pie Awards.Despite their popularity, it’s unlikely they’ll overtake meat pies any time soon. Willday believes the nostalgia surrounding classic meat pies will continue to drive demand. Pay more attention to pastryAlthough a vital component of any pie, the pastry is often an afterthought with much of the attention and creativity given to the filling.“There’s nothing quite like traditional, all-butter pastry when it comes to making a classic pie. However, there’s no harm in trying out alternatives too. At Higgidy we use seeded spelt shortcrust pastry, using seeds such as linseeds and poppy seeds, to make all our veggie pies and quiches as we find it adds an extra bite and delicious flavour, which complements our fillings,” says Luckin.“When it comes to pastry, there’s lots of other things you could try, from experimenting with different types of seeds, flours or herbs and spices, to even adding cheese or cocoa powder.”Pieminister’s patties represent the brand’s first foray into different pastry, with it adding saffron to its vegan shortcrust.Flavoured pastry is in the pipeline for Piecaramba later this year, but in the meantime multi-coloured pastry does pop up on its menu for special occasions, including a rainbow one for Pride 2019.center_img Spice up your life (and your pies)As the Spice Girls once sang: “Spice up your life.” This advice can also be applied to pies.“A recent trend seems to be towards eating more spicy foods, incorporating chilli into different recipes to not only add a kick when it comes to flavour but also a touch of vibrancy and colour,” says Alysha Luckin, food director at Higgidy.Higgidy has tapped into this with its Paneer & Spiced Chickpea and Indian-Spiced Vegetable Pies (pictured).“We also expect to see more specific chillies named within recipes as consumers become more aware of the different varieties and heat levels available. For example, jalapeno and cayenne are more popular examples and ones that we mention in our own marketing descriptions on pack.”Part of the reason behind this is growing interest in authentic flavours and global influences on food.“Aside from Asian and Middle Eastern flavours that are becoming more mainstream, we’re also seeing regional cuisines such Korean and Indonesian increasing in popularity,” Luckin adds.Mars Foodservice highlights on-trend katsu curry as a pie filling to “satisfy the increasingly adventurous palates of the nation” as well as spicy Mexican flavours. Healthy pies are making headway (but they’re not for everyone)Healthy pies may seem like an oxymoron, but some pie makers are looking to broaden their reach.“We find our customers want to indulge when they eat our pies – they’re a treat. Having said that, in January we introduced a new limited-edition pie for the month, and it went down a storm with customers,” explains Pieminister managing director and co-founder Jon Simon.It doesn’t get much healthier than a spinach, kale and edamame beans quick-cooked in lime, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Called Evergreen (pictured), it’s returning to Pieminister in the summer months.Higgidy, meanwhile, is embracing the vegan trend and experimenting with different types of seeds, vegetables and grains in its savoury pastries.Others, meanwhile, are taking a different approach when it comes to health and pies.“Pies may not be the healthiest meal in the world, but it is an honest meal, made with quality, traceable and organic ingredients. We encourage our meat-eating regulars to try out a veggie pie now and again, as we are just as proud of these as we are our meat pies,” believes Rob Litchfield, head of pie at restaurant Piecaramba, which has sites in Brighton, Southampton and Winchester.But not everyone agrees with the concept of a ‘healthy pie’.“My concerns with moving towards ‘healthy pies’ is that you damage a pie’s proposition and make it something it’s not,” says Rupert Willday, head of food at Charlie Bigham’s, which recently rolled out its first range of full-pastry pies, having previously offered pastry-topped ones. “The best approach is to enjoy a pie as an occasional treat and as part of a balanced diet, which should mean that even health-conscious pie fans don’t need to compromise on a classic pie experience.”last_img read more

Video: Bolt wins 3rd straight 100m Olympic Gold

first_imgJamaican Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three straight 100m gold medals at the Olympic Games as he stormed home in 9.81 seconds in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Bolt, 29, beat America’s Justin Gatlin (9.89) to the precious medal to follow up his titles at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.Gatlin got off from the block with a burst and it took Bolt until around 85m for the Jamaican to catch him and leave him training.Bolt is now on course for the sprint ‘treble treble’ with the 200m and the 4x100m relay to come later.Canada’s Andre De Grasse picked the bronze in 9.91.Speaking after the race Bolt said his ambition of joining sports greats is about to manifest. “Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.” He however admitted that he really could not go as fast as he would have expected. “It was brilliant. I didn’t go so fast but I’m so happy I won. I told you guys I was going to do it,” joked Bolt amid back slapping and hand pumping from his Jamaican brothers.The night however did not go to the Jamaican legendary sprint king. South African Wayde van Niekerk broke a 17-year world record to win 400m gold in 43.03 seconds.Van Niekerk’s 400m time was 0.15 seconds quicker than the previous world record set by Michael Johnson in Seville in 1999.In tennis, Great Britain’s Wimbledon champion Andy Murray retained his Olympic title with an epic win over Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the men’s singles final.last_img read more

Homeowners invest in less debt

first_img21 January 2009 In addition, Geldenhuys pointed out that with the stock markets the world over under pressure, investors were looking for certainty. “If your home loan rate is at 14%, putting money into the home loan means you are getting a certain return of 14%,” she said. SAinfo reporter “And that’s a really good return in any economic climate.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Geldenhuys explained that as interest rates dropped over the course of the year, the benefits of sitting on cash would diminish, as the interest being earned would decline. “Overseas it has become on of the most popular investment strategies right now, as money in bank accounts is earning almost no interest.” According to ooba, formerly known as Mortgage SA, the savings from keeping monthly repayments the same are dramatic. For example, the monthly repayment on a 20-year, 1% below prime, R1-million home loan was R12 800 per month, with the interest rate at 14.5%. After the rate cut of half a percent in December last year, the monthly repayment will be R12 440, a drop of R360. If interest rates drop by a further 2% over the course of this year, monthly repayments would be R11 010 a month, a drop of R1 790. If a homeowner keeps his repayment at the original R12 800, savings on interest would reach a massive R687 696, with the term of the home loan being reduced by over seven years. Better return on investment In a statement issued this week, ooba property financing manager Kay Geldenhuys explained that clearing home loan debt was currently a popular strategy among homeowners. “You can ask your bank to keep your repayments at the old level, which means you’ll be overpaying by R360 per month [but] saving over R300 000 in interest over the life of the loan,” Geldenhuys said, adding that the repayment period would also reduced by over two-and-a-half years. Thousands of South African homeowners are opting to overpay on their home loans, and many more are expected to keep their monthly repayments steady even though amounts payable have started to decline with lower interest rates. Huge savings on interest “Lots of South African homeowners are worried about [the] uncertain economic backdrop, nervous about the stock market, and just having too much debt, so they are dumping excess cash into their bonds,” she said. “We’ve also seen that many homeowners have asked their banks to keep their monthly repayments at levels they were before the rate cut, to pay off their home loans quicker.” “While we don’t expect rates to fall as dramatically as they have, in say, the UK or the US, we still see them falling,” she said. “This will further underpin the case for investing in your bond, as returns on cash deposits fall.”last_img read more

Injured Vic Manuel targets April return for Alaska

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “I don’t have ITB anymore, it’s now my lower back that’s giving me pain,” said Manuel. “We need to rest this and loosen it up a little bit because it’s really tightened up so we have to slowly release the tension.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Pacquiao lets son chase boxing ‘dream’ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Alaska head coach Alex Compton, left, and forward Vic Manuel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska may have to wait longer for star forward Vic Manuel to make his return.The Aces have so far compiled a 2-2 record in the PBA Philippine Cup without Manuel, Kevin Racal, and JVee Casio, and the 6-foot-4 power forward said he may rejoin the team in April for the start of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT “The team doctor told me that our target is around April, so just in time for the playoffs,” said Manuel in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “That is our target.”“I’m feeling a little better, I just need to rest this because we don’t want to risk anything. If we did it might just get worse because it’s my back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesManuel is suffering from an injury in his lower back that sidelined him since the start of the Philippine Cup.There is a silver lining, though, since his right knee has healed from its iliotibial band syndrome that he sustained in the 2018 Governors’ Cup playoffs. View commentslast_img read more

Video: Leah Still Wants To Be A Cheerleader At Penn State, Where Her Dad Played

first_imgLeah Still reveals she wants to be cheerleader for Penn State.leah still penn state answer cancerPenn State fans – brace yourselves for the cutest Nittany Lions-related story you’ll read today. Leah Still, the five-year-old daughter of Houston Texans defensive star Devon Still who beat cancer this past year, wants to attend her father’s alma mater. Still, who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma back in 2014, wants to be a cheerleader for Penn State simply because her father went there.Her answer to Robin Roberts’ question drew a few “We Are!” chants from the crowd.Leah Still says she wants to go to @penn_state like her dad and be a cheerleader. #LeahStrong #WeAre #PennState https://t.co/hDntqifLdm— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 15, 2016Even if you aren’t a PSU fan – this is an awesome story.last_img read more

George Lopez Teams Up With PETA To Say Adiós To HomelessAnimal Crisis

first_imgCradling his canine pal Owen, George Lopez stars in a new ad for PETA that proclaims, “Fixing Your Animals Is Chingón!”George Lopez PETA AdThe new campaign reminds families that failing to spay or neuter animal companions is loco, since “fixing” them is the only way to reduce the number of dogs and cats in animal shelters and on the streets.In an exclusive video Q&A with PETA, the Lopez star shares another key way to help homeless dogs and cats: adopting from animal shelters. “I found Owen in a shelter — who knows what would have happened to him if I hadn’t come along,” he says. “If you see the look on a face of a dog who’s in a shelter, and then look at them when they get rescued, just for that sheer joy of that look on their face that you’re responsible for, it’s a beautiful thing to see.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — notes that more than 6 million unwanted cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year in the U.S., and roughly half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes. Countless more suffer on the streets throughout the country.In addition to combating the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis, sterilizing animals makes them less likely to develop cancer of the reproductive system and — in the case of neutered males — less likely to roam or fight.Lopez will unveil his ad live at Sublime Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale this Sunday. He joins a long list of celebrities — including Kate del Castillo, Carla Morrison, Joaquin Phoenix, Alicia Silverstone, Casey Affleck, Eva Mendes, Alfonso Herrera, and Taraji P. Henson — who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer faces Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Sophomore defender Alex Nichols (15) advances the ball against Rutgers on Sept. 18. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Janaya Greene | Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is coming off a tough 2-0 loss to Bowling Green over the weekend, remaining winless on the road this season.This Wednesday, the Buckeyes (3-6) return to Columbus to take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1-4-2) at 7 p.m.Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has been very kind to OSU as of late, with the Scarlet and Gray coming into the match riding a three game home win streak.“You always want to protect your house,” said senior defender Austin Bergstrom. “It’s good that we have been doing that so far, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.”After wins over Rutgers and Valparaiso a week ago, the Buckeyes took a step backward over the weekend, suffering a shutout against Bowling Green.Despite outshooting the Falcons 16-9, OSU again fell to the misfortune of its own mistakes, specifically turnovers.“Sometimes it is a little frustrating when you can’t put the ball in the back of the net or when another team only gets a few opportunities and they are able to score,” said senior forward Danny Jensen. “We let the pressure get to us a bit. I think we just have to cut down on the mistakes and we will start to see much better results.”Jensen was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against Valparaiso, where he recorded the first hat trick by an Ohio State player since 2012.“It is cool to get some individual recognition every now and then but our focus is on the team,” Jensen said. “Right now we just need some more wins.”The matchup with SIUE is a rare one, as both teams have only played each other once in school history, and played to a scoreless draw in Columbus in 2009.While the matchup between the two teams is unfamiliar, the faces involved are not. Cougars coach Mario Sanchez was a soccer player under now-Buckeyes head coach John Bluem during his time at Fresno State.“(Sanchez) was probably one of the top five players I’ve coached in my career,” Bluem said. “They are going to be really well organized and battle defensively. You are playing against a team that, much like us, is having trouble scoring.”Saying the Cougars are having trouble scoring is an understatement, as Sanchez’s squad has only found the back of the net three times through the first seven games. However, the defense has stood tough, allowing only seven goals thus far.SIUE’s junior goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo has 13 career shutouts. This year, Dal Santo’s .788 save percentage ranks him 51st nationally.As the match signifies the halfway point in the season for the Buckeyes, Bluem feels the biggest improvement the team needs to make is in its mentality.“This group has to accept that we are not going to just show up and win games. If we don’t outwork the other team, if we don’t outhustle the other team, if we don’t play harder for longer than the other team, anybody on our schedule could beat us,” Bluem said. “On the flipside, if we do those things, we will be in every single game and chances are good that we win more of those games than we lose.”With a very important Big Ten matchup looming against Michigan State on Sunday, the Buckeyes will look to build momentum by grabbing a win against the Cougars. read more

Latest transfer talk

first_imgHere are some of the latest transfer news and rumours from around Europe.Andre Gomes Despite playing under the guidance of a different manager, the out-of-favour Portuguese midfielder has had a second underwhelming season at Barcelona. He was never a good buy as he doesn’t fit the style of play the team from Catalonia dictates. It’s safe to assume that Andre Gomes is on his way out and the latest club that has been attached to his name is Tottenham Hotspur.Rafinha Barcelona’s midfielder is on loan at Inter and the Italian side is reported to be interested in making the deal permanent. All that’s needed now is for a fee to be agreed upon.Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-GermainKylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.Bernd Leno By acquiring Eintracht Frankfurt’s Lukas Hradecky, Bayer Leverkusen is preparing for life without its primary goalkeeper. A release clause of only €20 million will make the German one of the most popular targets on the market. Arsenal appears to be the most interested club at the moment, with Napoli (Pepe Reina is on his way to AC Milan) and Atletico Madrid (who might lose Oblak to PSG) are following suit.Edinson Cavani The Uruguayan might be nearing the end of his spell in France and Juventus is believed to be paying close attention. Higuain is aging, so The Old Lady is definitely in need of a world-class refreshment up front. What better than one of the most prolific strikers in Europe?Leander Dendoncker The 23-year-old Belgian is ripe for a bigger challenge than the Jupiler League. He is reportedly ready to move on and several clubs are interested in his services, starting with Atletico Madrid. Crystal Palace and West Ham are two other teams believed to be in on the holding midfielder who can also play center back. The “only” problem might be the over-the-top asking price of over €23 million.last_img read more

Pogba needs captaincy to emulate United legends Giggs

first_imgPaul Pogba has the potential to become a World class midfielder and become a Manchester United great if he retains the captaincy, says Ryan Giggs.Pogba led the Red Devils to victory in the opening Premier League encounter against the Foxes in the absence of Antonio Valencia.The French midfielder will lead the Red Devils out again at Brighton on Sunday, having been branded a “monster” by his boss in the wake of a goal-scoring showing in a season opener against Leicester.Giggs believes the 25-year-old needs to be given greater responsibility in order to produce his best on a more consistent basis, with the stage now set for a man who has been heavily linked with Barcelona to prove that there really is no rift between him and Mourinho at Old Trafford.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The United legend told Sky Sports: “I think everyone recognizes the quality Paul Pogba has and he had an excellent World Cup, so after winning that it was recognition of what he can bring to the team.“From the outside, he looks like a leader but what we haven’t seen is the consistency of the likes of Bryan Robson and Roy Keane, so that extra responsibility will hopefully help him maintain his levels.“The captains I played under really had that consistency and would still contribute on their bad days and I’ve got no doubts that he will reach those levels of consistency for United and be a top, top player.”last_img read more

Mourinho needs leaders at United Terry

first_imgChelsea legend John Terry thinks Jose Mourinho lacks strong leaders and personalities he needs to succeed at Manchester United.The Red Devils have suffered two defeats in four matches which have left the Old Trafford outfit in 10th position.However, the former Chelsea skipper believes Mourinho must first find “personalities” like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to set the standard.“At every club, he has had big characters, and I’m not sure he has that at Manchester United at the moment. At Chelsea, he did,” Terry told the Daily Mail.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“You have to stand up and turn up at training every day and show him that you want to win at all costs. If you’ve got that, he’s 100 percent on your side.“I do think he’ll bring success to United, but it needs patience.“My top three for this season will be decided between City, Liverpool, and Chelsea. That leaves United and Spurs fighting for fourth.”last_img read more