Grateful Pies, launching on November 3rd, has evolved over time from a dish discovered in the pages of the family recipe book of Milly Pearl O’Shea, the grandmother of founder Farika. The recipe dates back from an era before food was mass-produced and when food labels didn’t include a range of mysterious artificial additives. Today the pie contains only ten ingredients and a blend of aromatic spices.
Inspired by the classic French-Canadian Tourtière, a Grateful Pie is made with a light olive oil crust and a delicious filling of green lentils flavoured with Bramley apple, onion, celery, mushroom, potato and seasoned with aromatic spices. Designed to be shared each pie measures 9” serving six and is one of very few sharing pies on the market and are an all-inclusive alternative to the traditional meat dishes that have historically featured as the centerpiece of the table. The pies are the perfect communal food and can be enjoyed by everyone, particularly being plant-based; children (“there’s nothing green inside” was the happy reply from a young customer), vegans, meat-eaters, people of all ages and from all different culinary backgrounds.
“Following the discovery of my grandmothers recipe over twenty years ago I have been showing my gratitude to friends and family with this pie ever since” says Farika. “I have always believed in the sharing of food as one of the most significant ways to show love and friendship and this feels like the right time to extend this sentiment outside my kitchen; it resonates with how families are coming together to eat and the act of showing compassion and generosity.”
Grateful Pies is priced at £14.95 and available with nationwide delivery and at ten independent London retailers including The Grocery (Shoreditch), Seasons & Blossoms (Islington) and Shepherd Foods (Primrose Hill). Grateful Pies also offers customers a gifting service using beautifully designed sustainable packaging, as founder Farika believes “the only thing better than receiving a Grateful Pie is giving one.”