Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Allie Photography Photo Challenge 4/12

Its that time again! This weeks Happy Monday challenge from Allie is "April Showers" and here is mine this week...enjoy!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Traditional cornish pasty filling!

First of all, please refer to this blog post for HOW TO MAKE PASTIES for the dough.

For this filling, you will need:

1 onion (chopped and peeled)
1 potato (chopped and peeled)
2 large carrots (chopped and peeled)
A handful of peas
A handful of corn
A can of corned beef
Dash of oil
Pinch of oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste!


Heat the oil in a non stick pan and add all of your ingredients except for the corned beef!

Cook for 5 minutes on a low to medium heat.

Add the corned beef and cook until the vegetables are all slightly tender.

Let stand until cool and VOILA! You just made yourself a pasty filling!

Some variations of this include adding beef gravy/stock, extra herbs, a can of tomatoes or even removing the corned beef if you'd prefer a vegetarian pasty! A little tip though - if you remove the corned beef, you can replace it with black beans for a fabulous vegetable and bean pasty!

Experiment and have fun! Let me know how you get along! :)


How to make pasties...

Pasties are SO simple to make, quick to bake and extremely versatile in that you can fill them with whatever you like! They make a meal on their own, great snacks, packed lunches, sides and even mini dippers if you feel so inclined - just mix up the pastry, make up the pasties in size and quantity to suit and voila! Pasty heaven!

Here is a really simple pasty recipe:

You will need:

3 Cups of flour
3/4 Cups of CHILLED butter
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 to 1 cup of ice cold water (see recipe for why!)


When making pasties you ideally want to make sure that your hands are cool, your butter is chilled and your water is cold to ice cold. This will give your pastry a much better substance and affect the overall outcome of the texture/taste.

Step 1.

Sprinkle your salt into your flour and cut your butter into your flour using a pastry cutter. If you do not have one of this magical devices, don't despair! You can cut the butter into the flour by using 2 knives, pulling them away from one another in a cutting motion through the butter until the butter is sufficiently cut into the flour - pea size or less is absolutely fine.

Step 2.

Slowly and gradually mix your water into the flour. You need to mix it in until you have a nice glossy ball of dough that you can handle, which is formed together but isn't ridiculously sticky. If it becomes too sticky add some more flour - the dough needs to be manageable. If the flour is not manageable enough, add a little more water.

Step 3.

Cover your dough ball with cling wrap and place it in the fridge for 2 hours or longer if you have the time - I usually place mine in over night. This will give you a better dough to handle for rolling and will taste scrumptious! If you really have no time though, you can use the dough right away - but try it both ways and see the difference for yourself :)

Step 4.

When you are ready to use your dough, take it out of the fridge, kneed it around a little bit, separate it out into 6 sections (more if you want smaller pasties, less if you want giant pasties!) and roll into circles.

You're now ready to fill your pasties with whatever filling you wish!!

Some of my favourite fillings are:

Tuna and sweetcorn
Corned beef hash
Cornish (traditional)
Chicken and cheese

The list is endless!

Just make up a batch of whatever you like (enough to fill 6 pasties) and spoon into the center of the pastry! Just make sure the filling is cool before putting it into the pastry and you'll do wonders! Fold the pastry in half over the filling to create a crescent shape and twist the edges to keep them together (or press together with a fork and trim excess off neatly with a knife). Wash with egg and bake until lightly browned.

Pasties can be frozen for up to 3 months - maybe longer! Great for pre-planning meals!! Just defrost and bake to crisp when ready!


Which ones will you make today?

Please click HERE to see a recipe for a traditional filling!

**Note - be daring! try making these with more or less water/flour, margarine too! But remember, margarine will make your dough a lot softer and may be a pain to handle - can produce great results though! :)


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

FREE Spring into fragrance gift pack (First 5,000)

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**Ends April 7th**

Monday, 4 April 2011

Allie Photography Photo Challenge 4/4/2011

This week the theme for Allie photography's Happy Mondays challenge is friends!

My photo this week is of my son and my husband's son, who have become not just brothers, but very good friends!

Good luck to all the entrants this week!

FREE Sample Showcase Box Release

Sample showcase is releasing its latest box of free samples today at 12pm EST! You can go over and register HERE then request your box when they go live!!

Have fun and cross your fingers on some great freebies! (I hear there was chocolate and coffee etc in the last one...)

Let me know how you get on!

*****OK there were a lot of people hitting this so they took the server down for a while but keep checking back later! Good luck!!*****

***Update: As of 4/7/11 there are still some left - you need to be female, at least 1 child and 75K + to qualify! I don't encourage you to lie on the form but...***

HOT FREEBIE! FREE Spanx Thong ($22!!) + Free Shipping!! (First 500)

Spanx.com are giving away free skinny britches thongs ($22 value) MONDAY only! (First 500!).

Go HERE, which takes you directly to the thongs! Selects your color and size - Note that many of them are sold out so keep trying other colors if you get an error message on the payment page!

Use code: FBTHONG and your thong will be free!

PLUS - shipping is free too if you choose ground shipping!



FREE Oscar de la Renta; ESPRIT D'OSCAR sample!

FREE Oscar de la Renta; ESPRIT D'OSCAR sample! HERE (While stocks last!)

I applied for mine in the hope I can cover up the smell of baby spit...awesome!

FREE coffee or tea at Starbucks April 22nd!

April 22nd is Earth day - if you take in a travel mug to one of the participating Starbucks you get a free tea or coffee! The price of their coffee being what it is; this is a great freebie!

Free energy saving light bulb...

Pledge to go green and get a free light bulb! While supplies last!

If you have ever wondered about these bulbs but haven't switched yet - now's the time to try them out!

Take the pledge HERE