Recipe – Australian Meat Pie For Two

Australian style meat pies have a long history and are a welcome sight on most any table.  These meat pies are a hearty and flavorful main dish, which require minimal effort to make.   

Australian Meat Pie For Two Ingredients

US                                                              Metrics:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry                      1 sheet frozen puff pastry

1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry             1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry

½ lb. sirloin steak, cut into small cube     226 gr sirloin steak

2 cloves garlic, chopped                       2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp tomato paste                              1 tbsp tomato paste                     

1 sprig fresh rosemary                          1 sprig fresh rosemary

¼ cup red cooking wine                        60 ml red cooking wine

½ cup beef stock                                 118 ml beef stock

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce                  2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper                                   Pinch of pepper

oil for frying                                      oil for frying

1 egg yolk, beaten                               1 egg yolk, beaten

Australian Meat Pie For Two Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté garlic for a few minutes until they are a little brown, add the cubed steak and brown for 4-6 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, rosemary, beef stock, red wine, Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the shortcrust pastry on the floured working surface. Cut the pastry slightly larger than the pie base. Place the shortcrust pastry inside the greased 6” x 8” pie dish.
  • Place the puff pastry on the working surface. Cut the puff pastry the same size as the pie dish top. This will be the ‘lid’ of your pie dish
  • Fill the pie with the cooked steaks, cover the top with the puff pastry. Using your fingers, gently press the edges to seal. Cut the excess dough and brush the puff pastry with egg yolk
  • Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Servings

  • This recipe makes two servings

How to Freeze Green Beans at Home

Do you want to know how to freeze green beans? Are you looking for the best storage option to use green beans throughout the year? Green beans are healthy and can help you to boost your digestion. However, fresh green beans are not available in all seasons. But you can store them in your freezer and use whenever you want.

Storage is easy, and you can store frozen green beans for almost a year. You might be thinking about how. Here are a few tips that can help you to store green beans in your freezer. You will have to take care of every detail, such as to pick the beans at the right time as well as following the right storage method.

How to Choose the Best Green Bean for Freezing?

For the storage, you will have to be a little choosy while picking green beans. Picking is important since if you choose wrong beans or at the wrong time, then you might not store them for long. Also, beans might lose the freshness and flavor if not chosen properly. The peak season to store green beans is from May to October. You can choose any day between these months to ensure the best outcome. In the peak seasons, yummy and fresh green beans will be available in your local store. Visit your local store and choose blemish-free, crisp, and bright-colored beans. Take extra caution to avoid the green beans with shivered ends or limp.

Make sure that these beans do not have small beans inside. Though the small beans do not affect the quality and taste of the green beans, still, these are not considered good for the storage. The size signifies that the bean is past its prime.

You will have to choose the freshest possible bean and freeze soon after picking them from the store or your garden. It is suggested to freeze on the same day. If you want to wait for some obvious reason like a busy schedule, then keep them in the freeze in the meantime.

Prep Your Freezing Containers

Your freezing container does not need much preparation. You can use jars, bags, and a freezer container to store green beans. All you need is to clean those containers and then make it completely dry. Any moisture is not suggested since it can damage the beans. After keeping green beans in the container or bag, you can simply shake them to compact beans.

How to Prep the Green Bean for Freezing

Now you have the fresh green beans and freeze containers. The next is how to prepare the beans for storage. You can consider any with or without blanching. We will discuss both the methods. To start with, use cool tap water to wash green beans. After washing, take a small handful of green beans and line up their stem ends and use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the stems. Repeat the process with the remaining beans. If required, you can trim off its tapered tail ends. As a lot of recipes need cut green beans, you can cut your beans into one-inch pieces for easy storage. If you want, you can store whole green beans depending on your preference. Both ways will offer the same benefit.

Wash your beans with water again to get rid of any dirt and then dry beans completely. Proper drying up is important to ensure better storage. You can use a paper or cloth towel to dry green beans completely. The drying up process will not take more than half an hour.

Now pack the beans into the jars, bags, or container. Seal the container following the manufacturer instructions and press hard to get rid of all the possible air. You can also use a freezer tape around the container lid edges to get a tight seal.

The above method will enable you to freeze green beans with blanching. Some suggested blanching for more effective storage. Blanching will demand one more step. You will have to boil beans in water for a few minutes and then dunk them in ice water. It will help green beans to maintain the flavor and color during freezing.

For boiling, get water in a large pot and boil them. Place beans into the boiling water for two to four minutes depending on the size of beans. While using large beans, you can boil for four minutes and small beans, the time should not exceed two minutes. Soon after, you will have to cool the beans quickly in rice water. Once the beans are cooled down, drain them and follow the same process for the storage. Pack the drained green beans into containers, bags, or jars. Shake the container to compact green beans and add more beans while leaving 1-2 inch headspace.

Package and Label Your Green Bean

After packing the beans in the container by following the above instructions, the next step is to label those containers. You will have to label each container with the content name, packaging date, and amount. It is important to mention all the details in the labeling. Otherwise, you might forget the packaging date and might not use them at the right time.

How to Freeze Your Green Beans

If you are using bags, then rearrange your bags in such a way that you can lay them as flat as possible. This will ensure quick freezing and will preserve the original flavor and taste of your beans as well. Lay the containers or bag flat to the freezer in the batches. Besides, leave some space near the container so that air can easily circulate. Now, your beans are safe in the freezer. You can use them whenever you want for cooking.

How Long Can Frozen Green Beans Be Stored?

As stated earlier, frozen green beans can be stored for a long time up to a year if you follow the right freezing method or choose the right green beans. You can store frozen beans around nine months while using a conventional freezer. If you want to store even longer, then you can use a deep freeze appliance.

Recipe – Scotch Pie For Two

These are lovely little pies meat pies.  This style of pie is thought to have originated in Scottland but can be found in one form or another throughout the united kingdom.  In fact, I have been thinking about this style of pie since a visit to Montreal, Canada, last year where I saw them in local restaurants and bakery shops.  

Scotch Pie For Two Ingredients

For filling:    

US                                                    Metrics:

0,5 lb. mutton, minced                       225 gr mutton, minced

4 tbsp gravy                                       60 ml gravy

1 tsp smoked paprika powder             1 tsp paprika powder

½ tsp nutmeg                                     ½ tsp nutmeg

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

Pinch of ground black pepper             Pinch of ground black pepper

For pastry:

1 ½ cups of plain flour                           180 gr of plain flour

½ cup of lard                                         118 ml of lard                                       

½ cup of water                                       118 ml of water

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

1 egg, beaten (for glaze)

Scotch Pie For Two Directions

Preparation:

Prepare 2 pieces of 4’ ramekin dish. Grease with oil.

Preheat the oven to 400F

For filling:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir until well-combined. Chill in the fridge.

For pastry:

  • Add flour and salt in a different medium mixing bowl, stir to combine, set aside. Heat water and lard in a medium saucepan until boiling, remove from heat then pour into the flour. Mix together with a wooden spoon, let it cool down a little. Once cool enough, put onto the floured surface and knead until smooth for about 5 minutes (like pizza dough)
  • Divide the dough into 4 equally sized balls. Roll out 2 balls of dough to a size that could cover bottom and sides of the ramekin. Put the dough in the ramekin, push gently with your finger to make sure all sides of ramekin are covered, making the ramekin as the mold for the pie. Do the same to the other ramekin.

Finishing:

  • Take the meat out of the fridge and divide by 2 equal sizes. Place 1 ball of meat to a ramekin, spread the meat evenly with a spoon, so it has a flat surface.
  • Roll out the remaining balls of dough to a size that could cover the top of the pie, making it like the lids on top of the filling. Press gently to make sure the edges are stick together. Make a little X or hole in the middle of the lid. Do the same with the other ramekin
  • Brush beaten egg to the top of the pies. Put both ramekins on a baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Gently remove the pies by scraping the sides with a small knife first, it should come out very easily. Serve while it’s warm.

Servings

  • Makes two serving

Recipe – Pork Pot Pie For Two

This pot pie is a nice, high protein, comfort food recipe perfect for cooking in cooler weather.  This recipe has beans and two kinds of meat to make the pot pie filling and nutritious.

Pork Pot Pie For Two Ingredients       

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¼ lb. pork ribs, cut into small cubes             113 gr pork ribs

¼ lb. salami, cut into small cubes                 113 gr salami

1/2 cup dried kidney beans                          100 gr dried kidney beans

1 stalk of celery, sliced                                 1 stalk of celery

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced                   2 cloves of garlic

1 carrot, roughly chopped                            1 carrot

1 tbsp ketchup                                             1 tbsp ketchup

¼ cup red wine                                            60 ml of red wine

½ tsp ground cumin                                     ½ tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika powder                                   1 tsp paprika powder

 2 cups of water                                           473 ml of water

1 tsp beef powder                                        1 tsp beef powder

1 sprig of fresh rosemary                             1 sprig of fresh rosemary

1 russet potato, cut into small cubes             1 russet potato

1 tsp dried parsley                                       1 tsp dried parsley

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed                          1 sheet puff pastry

1 egg yolk, beaten                                       1 egg yolk, beaten

Pinch of salt                                                Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper                                           Pinch of pepper

Pork Pot Pie For Two Directions

  • Add kidney beans in a large bowl, wash and soak in 2 cups of water overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, drain and set aside.
  • Season pork ribs with salt and pepper, then brown them in oil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. Remove from heat and set aside
  • Add the salami to the pot, sauté for 2 minutes then add celery, garlic, and carrot. Continue sautéing until the vegetables have softened.
  • Add ketchup, red wine, and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture starts to boil. Add cumin, paprika powder, beef powder, and water. Return to boil then add browned ribs, salami, potato, rosemary, and dried parsley.
  • Cover the pot and simmer for about 2 hours or until the short ribs are tender. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • Transfer the stew to 2 individual casseroles or ramekins, evenly divided to 2 portions. Drape a sheet of puff pastry over the sides of the casserole. Trim away any excess dough.
  • Brush the top of the puff pastry with egg. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Servings

  • Makes two individual servings

Yogurt making – temperature

When fermenting, yogurt must be kept around 110o F(43 o C). A cooler environment will not facilitate fermentation, and higher temperatures will kill the bacteria needed for fermentation.  Also, the maintenance of a consistent safe temperature keeps your yogurt safe to eat once finished. The best results are usually assured by the use of an incubator.

Advantages of eating in season

Advantages of eating in season are many, but If you are willing to harvest from your backyard orchard, and/or vegetable garden or visit your local u-pick farm and preserve your food you can save a great deal and eat better too. Even purchasing in season at your local grocer can save your family money.

Here is a quick list of some of the benefits:

  • Your produce will taste better.  Produce harvested when it’s naturally at its best will mean it will also taste its best and give you the optimum nutrients.
  • It will save you money. In-season produce is often on-sale produce and or less expensive for a quick sale. Especially, if you are willing to visit the local farmer’s market or visit the local u-pick farms and replace money with a little family work and exercise.
  • You’ll discover new, fruit and vegetable choices. The world of fruits, vegetables, and roots is a larger one than most of our shopping habits indicate. Eating in season will introduce you to new types of fruits, vegetables, and roots and give you more knowledge of nutritious choices. Many heirloom varieties do not ship or store well and therefore will not be in the supermarket.
  • Eating in season also tends to support local growers, which helps the local economy and reduces pollution. Also, as you get to know your local farmer and you will be helping to keep what remains of the local family famil alive for the future. In speaking and making friends with your local farmer you may find there are other opportunities to broaden your diet as many raise heritage livestock, which can make their way to your table. They can let you what crop will next be available and when.

Orange Honey Butter Recipe

Orange honey butter is an easy way to add some flavor and character to your meals and can be a nice addition to holidays meals. With the added benefit that orange honey butter can be prepared a couple of days in advance, so, it will be one less thing to prepare on those busy cooking days.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) softened  Butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp (5 ml)  finely grated orange zest.

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl
  • With a mixer, mix at a high speed until light and fluffy.

Storage

  • Store unused Orange Honey Butter in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Let the butter warm the butter to about room temperature before serving.