With Lanvin’s collaboration with H&M to be launched next month, I couldn’t help thinking, “These pies and macaroons must be like when fashion designers start doing stuff with high street labels?”. And, their (the designers’) stuff usually turned out shit. I seriously wouldn’t put my expectation up for these supermarket goodies.
Searching through all the shelves, I finally found this new pie range. There were three fillings on offer: Steak, Ale and Kombu, Chicken, Ham and Leek, and Spinach and Three Mushrooms. Being a carnivore, I grasped one Steak, one Chicken, and off to the till.
At home, Heston asked me (through the instructions) to beat one egg and brush it all over the pies. Here they were, before going into the pre-heated 190 degree oven.
Thirty five minutes later, I took out my gourmet pies. They rose beautifully and looked really yummy. WOW!!
First I cracked my Steak, Ale and Kombu pie. The salty, seaweed-y fragrance of the kombu oozed out, and the filling leaked out wonderfully. The meat was tender, and the pie so crispy. It actually tasted much better than £2.61!!!
My other bib also spoke very highly of his humble Chicken pie. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to taste it.
Finishing the pies, we turned our attention to Raymond Blanc’s macaroons. There were twelve not-that-massive pieces in the box, six different flavours: chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, raspberry, strawberry and lemon.
I had my first bite and these macaroons happened to be ones of the very good ones I’d ever had! The texture of the meringue was quite similar to ones from Paul’s but the flavoured fillings were a lot more delicate. Another good thing about these macaroons was that they could last a bit longer than, say, La Duree or Pierre Herme.
My favourite? It was this pistachio one :-9
The supermarket prevailed this time, I suppose. And yes, our dinner cost less than £15 for two. What can I say? Waitrose, I couldn’t love you more xxx