Saturday, July 18, 2009

pies to end the week



Not productive at all this week as the "things" that I've made so far are two meat pies from this morning. Kaeden was unwell and I'm so glad to know of the Pak Poh powder from Eu Yan Sang. He broke out of fever on the first night and the medicine stopped the cold in its track in less than 3 days. I didn't need to bring him to see his doctor.

This week, we had blackout nights on alternate days, starting on Monday. The longest lasted more than 5 hours on Wednesday. I predicted it would be power trip night last night and when it didn't happen at 9pm or 10pm, I thought we were spared. Who knew, alas, my prophecy came true, only later, at 11pm. I slept on the cold hard floor while Brian fanned Kaeden for two hours straight before he knocked out. The electricity came back at 2am.

I was glad Kaeden broke out of his fever on Thursday.

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Meat pie

Portions:
2 double crust 9 inch pies

Ingredients:

Crust
4 cup flour
1-1/3 cup butter
1-1/3 teaspoon salt
a few tablespoons ice cold water

filling
450 gr ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
half a big carrot, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
a few tablespoons green peas
1 portion of cream of mushroom soup (from can/packet)
salt
pepper

Directions:

Crust

I made the crust a day ahead.
In a bowl, combine flour and salt and cut in pieces of butter. Rub in butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half, one for each pie plate. From that half, break into one ball that is slightly larger than the other.

Roll out the larger ball to fit pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Wrap with cellophane. Flatten the smaller ball and keep in cellophane.

Keep pie crust chilled in the refrigerator.

Filling

In a wok, fry onions, then beef until the meat is starting to cook, add potatoes and fry for about 2 min. Add carrots and tomatoes then peas. Stir fry for a few minutes and pour in the soup until it covers the meat. Add salt, pepper and basil leaves (optional). Stir contents and let it cook til boil.

Transfer contents to pie crust. At this point, the crusts have been removed from the fridge to thaw for about half hour.

Top the filling with crust and brush top with milk and put pies in the oven (175 deg cel) for until crust turns golden brown,
for which in my oven's case, 30min.

3 comments:

  1. wow honey, sounds like a rough couple of days but you made it through with pies to spare. you are super mom!

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  2. wow- those pies look amazing! i love the stars on top.
    i'm sorry to hear about those power cuts- must be horrible!

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  3. So there WAS another blackout! I knew it would happen. I've been wondering if there will be one today too.

    You're definitely good with your hands. First it was all the lovely sewing and now look at all the artistic baking!! The two men in your life sure are lucky :)

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