Sunday, 24 July 2011
I had a bit of a shopping splurge in Lakeland yesterday. And while you're going to have to wait a little longer to hear about my most exciting purchase (just until I have chance to use it!), I thought I'd show you something I have already used:
I spent a couple of hours this morning making pasties ready for freezing, and I reckon I've done five dinners' worth (including the ones we ate for lunch). Of course, it's perfectly possible to make a pasty without a press like this, but they're quite handy: the bottom edge acts as a pastry cutter to get the right shape of pastry circle, and then you can put the pastry in the mould, fill it up (not too full!) and fold it over to crimp the edges. It took a bit of trial and error to get a nice routine going, and to figure out the right amount of filling, but I think I've got the hang of it now. I had to put a piece of greaseproof paper between the pastry and the crimping edges to stop it from sticking, too.
For my filling, I used a mixture of fresh vegetables (carrots, red pepper, courgette, broccoli, peas, and red onion) with cheese and a little ground black pepper. Basically a version of the vegetable pie recipe that I make regularly. I cut everything into really small pieces, and part-cooked the carrot, sweetcorn and courgette in advance. Next time I might experiment with a more adventurous filling, but today's were certainly delicious, and it's nice to have a stock in the freezer for easy suppers on busy days.