Friday, August 26, 2016

Cheese and Onion Hand Pies

One thing I have missed since I moved here to England, besides friends and my Nana ,is Cheese and Onion Hand Pies or Pasties. I love them, so I had to make them myself and they were gorgeous - not as nice as my Nan's but nothing would be !

Cheese and Onion Hand Pies


  • 1 egg yolk 
  • 125g butter, cut into chunks 
  • 250g plain flour 
  • 50ml water or more if needed
  •  1 good pinch of salt 
 For Filling 

  •  200g Cheddar Cheese
  •  200g Peeled and finely diced potatoes 
  •  One onion - finely chopped 
  •  bit of olive oil 

The How to Bit 

  1.  In a food processor or a large bowl, mix the flour with the salt and butter. Blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and there are no chunks of butter left.
  2.  Add the egg yolk and just enough water to make a non-sticky dough. 
  3. Wrap and keep in the refrigerate until use or use immediately. 
  4. Place the onion in a pan or skillet with a bit of olive oil and fry .
  5.  Add the potatoes and fry until the onion is translucent 
  6.  Mix the potatoes and onions with the cheese in a bowl for the filling. 
  7. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C or 350 F
  8.  Roll out your pastry and cut into an approx. 4-inch circle, I use a saucer as a guide for mine.
  9.  Spoon a large dollop of the filling into the centre of the circles and fold the pastry over into a semi-circle - crimp the edges with a fork and wash the pastry with an egg wash to give it a nice colour when it cooks.
  10.  Place the pies on a lined tray and cook for 25 - 35 mins or until golden brown
I have a Prinable Recipe for you HERE - these Chesse and Onion Hand Pies are great for back to school lunches, you could mix them up by adding ham, bacon, more veggies. or if you have left over pastry you could use left overs like curry or chili to make a spicy hand pie.

For more Back to school recipes checkout my Back to school Lunch ideas or my Easy Lunchbox treats
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I am Pinnable - Week 4

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Menu Planning Monday - August 22nd

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Hello Menu Planners old and new, it is my birthday today! As you can guess I am not going to be cooking on this Menu Planning Monday but I will have to cook for the rest of the week so don't let that stops us planning a menu today.

Don't forget to help you Menu Plan I have my Free Menu Planner printable available HERE and my new Freezer Inventory Printable HERE so you can always track what is in your freezer.

So here is this week's Menu


 It is my birthday and I am not cooking - no way ! If I was though I would most probably go for my daughter's Prawn and Hoisin Stir Fry with Coconut Rice - Oh my ! it is good and even better Becca can cook it.  And for after I would love a fruit filled Pavlova.


I do love a good Slow-cooker recipe and this one makes a wonderful Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce it is available HERE on my new website made to host all my recipes. You can check the whole thing out HERE  I spent all day yesterday making it workable so feedback would be great.


It should be shopping day so Pizza and Home-made Spicy wedges will be the order of the day - I have written out my recipe for Spicy Wedges and made it printable - HERE 


I am working on Thursday so again I am relying on my trusty slow cooker - if you haven't got one I highly recommend mine which is a Breville 5.5 Ltr available here it is truly a Godsend for anyone that is working or needs to save time in the evening. I am going to cook my ever reliable Tummy Warming Beef Stew as beef pieces are on Special in Aldi. Shopping the specials saves money which is why menu planning is so important to a busy, working family. 


I love this bacon and chorizo gratin recipe it is so tasty and not too difficult to throw together, you can find the recipe HERE


Well, it might be the last summer barbeque we have so I am going to make these amazing pork and apple skewers.  If you are looking for alternative recipes you can see them HERE


Again I am using an Aldi Special for dinner - the Spatchcock Chicken is on special so I will serve it with seasonal vegetables and for after I am going to make this luscious chocolate cheesecake- the best part it is LOW FAT - yep low fat cheesecake :) the recipe is HERE

I hope you like my Menu Planning series - I hope to be able to offer you more ways of saving money and new recipes each week, if you do like it don't forget to sign up to the newsletter where sometimes I offer readers first glimpse at new recipes or printables. And if you are looking for more menu ideas don't forget to check out I am an Organizing Junkie's Menu Monday link up