Inside Sarahs Notebook


Sunday Mar 25, 2012


There has been much going on in Cawood-Land of late, leaving little time for thriftiness and home or gift making. Which has been a little frustrating to be honest but then last week, Andy and his friends hit upon a genius little idea for entertaining that is cheap, cheerful and REALLY REALLY good fun! PIE NIGHT!

You can pick up a sandwich toaster style pie maker very reasonably and Andy's mate Tom got his off Groupon for £8! Then with a little help from Jus Roll and the leftovers in your fridge, the world is your pie:-).

I thought it was just a lovely way to hang out with your friends, eat some delicious nosh and at the same time, not break the bank.

On our pie menu we had:

Beef and Stilton

Pizza Pie

Jerk chicken

Cherry and Apple

There weren't really any recipes involved, as a lot of my twitter followers were asking; essentially, you could put anything in there, obviously provided its cooked first!

I got cheap braising steak and we cooked it up in red wine, potato, onion, garlic, and added some gravy powder then let it steep overnight in that mixture and when we added it to the pie, we put the Stilton in last.

The pizza pie was just pepperoni, mozzarella, basil and watered down tomato purée.

The cherry and apple pie was just tinned black cherries (make sure you get the pitted ones: we didn't, and had to stone them first) with some chopped but not cooked apple to give it some crunch.

And that was that. You can only cook them in 2s so we put them in the oven to keep warm until we had a goodly batch then we chowed down with some mash potato. I made cheddar mash, garlic and butter mash and spring onion and sour cream mash. I made that on advance too so all we had to do was heat it up when the pies were ready.

It was such a silly, cheap, fun way to spend time with friends and the pie filling options are endless really. A great way to use up leftovers and hang out with your chums. We'll definitely be making it a regular thing, especially since we won't be going out quite as much as we used to when the little boy arrives in the next 2 weeks or so!

If you decide to try it, please send me your photos and filling ideas and we can make it a right proper "thing". Cheap, easy FUN and everything this blog is about!

Just briefly; I'm really excited to be working with Lurpak this year and yesterday they sent a loaf tin:-). I'd say that means I have the perfect excuse to make summat in it in the next few weeks, so nappy changing permitting, that's what I'll do next!

Apologies again for a bit of a lack of action here: Am getting started on Easter Bonnets soon;)!

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