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.
Category Archive: Pies, Tarts & Turnovers
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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