Category Archive: Pies, Tarts & Turnovers

Oct 29

Simple Beef Pie

Hurrah! Cold weather has finally come! I love fall temperatures as this usually means I can start making stews and thick soups for dinner again. Today I made a really simple beef stew, baked it for 4-hours and then topped it with puff pastry ~ that’s dinner sorted for us. This size pie can feed two people for a couple of days or a family of six quite comfortably.

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Oct 03

Rustic Pear Tarts with Blue Cheese + Onion Jam

Beautiful pear and blue cheese tarts filled with a layer of sticky, sweet and salty bacon + onion jam! Wanted to practice my pastry making skills, so I chose to start off slow by making open faced treats such as this. Pears seem to be out in abundance at the stores now so make full use of them and show them off in your cooking.

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Sep 11

Salmon & Spinach Quiche

It has been a while since I felt this good about making quiche. Usually I use store bought pastry but today I was happy to make my own buttery short-crust dough … it makes a lot of difference. Made myself some beautiful salmon and spinach quiches, and with the leftover dough I made a bacon and leek one for the boyfriend.

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Sep 05

Turkish Pide with two fillings.

Pides are Turkish-style pizzas, filled with all manner of savoury fillings. They are a popular street food and can easily be made at home using pizza dough. I don’t have the exact recipe for a traditional pide dough so I simply used pizza dough for this recipe. Very delicious and great for parties and picnics. In this post I have made a vegetarian and a meat filling.

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Apr 11

Viv’s Great Big American Food Adventure: Empanadas

Empanadas are meat filled parcels from south America that has made its way into various cultures across the world. It is very popular in the southwestern states of America that borders Mexico and, in the east, Florida which has a large Cuban cross-cultural influence. These pastries I have made today are baked, but you can fry them if you wish. Ever wondered where Malaysian curry puffs came from? Well read on to find out more.

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Oct 29

Shepherd’s Pie and a very stressful 24 hours.

Some people call these babies a Cottage Pie, while others prefer to call them a Shepherd’s Pie. Most pies contain a filling of mince beef, while others wanna go the traditional way and use lamb … but all are topped generously with creamy, buttery potato mash and ALL are 100% honest to goodness real comfort food. After what we’ve just been thru … we need all the comfort we can get.

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Aug 25

The Cooks’ Club Challenge : Chicken, Leek & Potato Pie

Today I am doing something a little different by cooking for a challenge. Who am I up against? Why, me of course. The theme this month is Comfort Food and I have chosen to make a pie. This whole challenge thing is going to be featured every month to help me stay focused and to keep the food ideas coming.

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Mar 17

Leek & Bacon Puffy Tarts

This was a happy accident that turned out to be totally awesome. Delicious golden puff pastry filled with creamy egg custard, leeks, bacon and cubes of ham. Grated cheese is then placed on top and everything is baked to gooey perfection.

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Jan 16

Party Food : Smoked Salmon Tartlets

Bite-sized pieces of food is where I like to play. It may be a tad time consuming to make little nibblies x50, but I love presenting them. This recipe is a wonderful way to incorporate fish into your hors d’oeuvres menu. It’s light, it’s fresh and has a bit of zing coming from the lemony notes.

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Jan 09

Broccoli & Truffle Cheese Tarts

All I had was a head of broccoli sitting in my fridge for lunch so I turned it into a lovely tart. Simple and hearty all in one recipe. I am trying to up my veggie intake for the year 2013, so this is me starting.

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