#pot pies

And its the lamb project


I found lamb, while emptying the freezer..

If its on sale, fish, chicken, whatever…. I grab it and hide it away like a giant meat eating squirrel.

I decided it needed to be a pastie thing.. because I don’t wanna grill it or do any of that.. no particular reason other than is sounded good…

It mutated into more of a tart… which worked out and looked nice regardless.


Beef Kidney



This is how it happens.. split the kidney, remove the bulk of the core fat, kinda cube it all to about the same size.. then soak it for a couple of hours.

I did change the water a couple of times, just to speed things up and because I was fidgeting..

The last kidney cookery event was grilling, with no soak, just trimmed sliced and onto the grill it went, which was fine.. I think soaking is cultural superstition, not a necessity.. but I have a pretty large tolerance for mineral tastes.. So I’ll give tradition a go.

I’m thinking steak and kidney pot pie.. So once the soaking is done, it all gets rolled in flour or cornstarch then browned, same with the steak, potatoes onions and all that… the pastry hasn’t been decided on yet..but that’s fine because the meat will freeze till there is a decision…

Pot pies

100_8871100_8868The only thing I like more than making my dinner is seeing what other people do for theirs… so reading the various blogs and posts are fun for me.. I learn things, get a better sense of presentation and the visuals involved… which I forgot to mention in the last post..

And on to pot pies…

I got some single serve pie tins and made pot-pies last week along with roasted everything I could find… the pot-pies were excellent and substantial, mostly chicken, followed by potatoes, carrots and real stuff that has some flavor….. not three micro-cubes of chicken floating in a thickening agent..

Today I was pestering the butcher about brisket bones and kidneys.. The kidneys come in Thursday so that will be fun, the brisket bones “no luck” they don’t carry them.. which means I’ll be back tracking the other shops..

None of which is the point, other than, as I was standing there having a chat, it dawned on me..

I don’t have to stick with chicken, beef or turkey pot pies.. there are no rules, the pot-pie police won’t swear out a warrant or come snatch me up for deviant behavior…

The Brits do pork pies, steak and kidney pies….So why shouldn’t I have at it?

I like chili verde.. (pork with green chilis and tomatillos).. So now I want to make green chili and pork pot-pies and see how that goes..

Which is pretty exciting from my way of thinking…. the kidneys will now probably end up in pies instead of on skewers, which I hadn’t planned but as long as I’m on a roll, might as well….