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Beef Mince Curry Pie

11 Feb

With my due date coming up in 13 days (read-24th Feb), I’ve decided that my freezer needs more fast and easy meals for when I’m too exhausted to cook. I recently used a gift card for David Jones given as a wedding present to get a Sunbeam Magic 4-up PieMaker.

My new toy!

She makes 4 pies at once on a non-stick surface.

Isn’t she pretty?

Anyways, here’s a post on how I made a Beef  Mince Curry Pie.

These were the ingredients that I used.

Puff pastry, short crust pastry, carrots, an onion, potatoes, beef mince, worcestershire sauce, flour, mixed herbs, salt and pepper

Curry Powder too!

First, the onion.

Cut in half. And peel.

Make several incisions 1 cm from the top end downwards.

Turn 90 degress and slice thinly.

Makes a very fine and neat dice.

I peel all the carrots and potatoes

Cut the potato 4-5 times lengthwise.

Take half of the slices, lay them flat, and slice lengthwise again in 1 cm widths

Turn 90 degress and cut into 1 cm widths into neat dices.

Slice the carrots lenghwise into 1 cm widths

Turn 90 degrees and cut into 1 cm widths

Put both the diced carrots and potatoes into a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high for 10-15 minutes till soft.

Potatoes and carrots in a bowl to be microwaved.

Or you can boil in a pot of water till soft. Set aside.

Heat up some oil

Throw in the onions

Add 2 big tablespoons of sugar

Stir the onions till translucent.

Beef mince

Add salt, pepper and mixed herbs to the beef mince

Add curry powder

Stir

I added about 3 heaping tablespoons of curry. This dries the meat up for browning in hot oil. If the meat was wet, it would not brown properly, but would stew instead.

Add the meat to the hot oil. The onions would have been nicely caramelised by now.

Brown the mince on one side, then turn over.

Add half cup of Worcestershire sauce.

Add the microwaved carrots and potatoes

Add a cup of water. I used the mixing bowl which had curry in it-which is why the water looks like stock

Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of flour and stir.

I repeated the last two steps twice. You want to get a thick gravy-like consistency. If it gets too thick, add more water and keep stirring to keep the bottom from being burned. Also, taste and adjust. I added more salt, sugar and curry powder at this point.

It's ready to be dished into pies!

The next steps involve pastry and the piemaker.

My pastry cutter which came with the Sunbeam Piemaker

I used the pastry maker to cut out the bottom of the pie. Here I use short crust pastry for the bottom, and puff pastry for the top.

The pastry cutter cuts the pastry into this shape. I fold the little cuts on the edges to form a little cup.

Put them into the pie-holes and fill with yummy beef mince curry filling!

Top it off with puff pastry rounds

Shut the lid and wait 8 minutes.

Perfect pies!

I made 16 pies and froze most of them.

Wyld Man ate two. He loves it.

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Chinese Style Rice Vermicelli (Meehoon)

28 Jan

In the first 3 months of my pregnancy, I had a craving for noodles. Fat noodles, short, thin, long, wet and dry-I wanted it all, and that was all that I wanted. I’ve never cooked meehoon before then, but decided to try my hand at  making up my own version of meehoon. Wyld Man likes it, and so did a friend who came to dinner once. And it’s been a regular feature at the Wyld dinner table. Here’s a step-by-step photo guide to making your own.

Ingredients

Minced pork, Carrots, Silverbeet, half a red onion, rice vermicelli, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, honey soy sauce, eggs, sugar and salt  (not shown). Also not shown is oyster sauce-I forgot about it coz it wasn’t in my fridge!

The brand of rice vermicelli that I use. Here I used the empty packaging to hold peeled carrot skin.

Soak one packet of rice vermicelli in hot water till soft.

Drain

Add the honey soy sauce-I used Kikkoman brand. Or substitute with chilli sauce. Or you can do without too.

I use a very generous drizzle-1/3 cup

Light soy sauce

Another generous drizzle. 1/3 cup

Dark Soy Sauce

1/3 cup

Oyster Sauce

2 big tablespoons

Stir together. At this point, taste it and add whatever sauce you think it's missing.

Grate 2 medium carrots roughly.

Wash and drain silverbeet and chop off the ends.

You can susbstitute with celery, spinach or any leafty vegie.

Slice the silverbeet into strands.

Peel off the skin from the red onion.

Dice

Break 3 eggs.

Break the yolks and stir.

Heat your wok/pot on high. Add oil when hot.

I would normally use a wok for this-but I have an electric stove top, and a wok which is not completely flat-bottomed-which means that energy gets wasted and is not conducted to the steel. My pot works just fine for this though.

Heat a non-stick pan and add oil.

Add the red onions to the big pot.

Pour in the eggs into the non-stick pan.

I do these two steps at the same time to save time.

While the eggs cook....

wait for the onions to become translucent.

When the eggs have fully coagulated and set, break into small bits.

A restaurant would roll the eggs and slive them thinly, but they taste the same either way. My way saves time and saves washing an oily cutting board.

Put in the pork mince.

Make sure to break the mince up and cook till it is no longer pink.

Can be substituted with chicken cubes.

Add the grated carrots.

Add the silverbeet.

Stir thoroughly and taste. I decided that mine needed a boost.

Out came the oyster sauce. 3 tablespoons.

And I added a tiny bit of sugar too. 1 tablespoon.

Add the rice vermicelli.

Stir with 2 forks to avoid breaking up the vermicelli strands. Taste.

Add the fried egg bits.

Stir around and you’re done!

Serve hot and garnish with some parsley.

And I like mine with some chilli sauce. Yum!

Chinese Style Meehoon

Ingredients

Half a red onion-diced

1 packet of rice vermicelli (rice sticks), soaked till soft in hot water.

2 medium carrots-grated

5 stalks of silverbeet-sliced

3 eggs- beaten

400 g pork mince

1 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoons oil

Seasonings for Rice Vermicelli

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup dark soy sauce

1/3 honey soy sauce

1/3 cup oyster sauce

Method

Pour in the seasonings for rice vermicelli and mix thoroughly. Set aside.

Heat wok on high. Add oil and fry the red onions till translucent.

Heat nonstick fry pan with a little oil, and pour in the beaten eggs. Cook and turn over till set, break eggs up and set aside.

Add the pork mince into the wok and break mince up. Add a sprinkle of salt. When mince is no longer pink, add carrots and silverbeet and stir.

When vegetables are soft and cooked, add the rice vermicelli and the eggs. Stir thoroughly.

Taste and season with sugar and oyster sauce.

Serve hot.

Makes 5-6 servings.