On the Menu :: Easy Chicken Pot Pies

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Come Thursday evening, I usually will ask A what he feels like having for dinner on Friday, even though he’s normally late home because of after-work drinks etc… I like know that if he’s hungry or just peckish when he gets home, there’s something hot for him to eat. Hashtag best wife EVER *LOL* πŸ˜›

If I’m really tired or simply too lazy, I’d suggest takeaway but I normally just throw together something easy. A dish like nachos or even fettucine carbonara that takes no time to prepare after a long day at work but is still super duper yummy! Plus all I have to do when I get home is prep (easy peasy), then put my legs up (even easier!) and only throw everything together when I get his “On the way home” text πŸ™‚

Yes. I really do “THROW” it all together by then.

So a couple of nights ago, he said that he felt like chicken pies because he hadn’t had one in a long while and that he used to make THE best chicken pot pie filling using Campbell’s “Cream of Chicken” soup. So off to Woolies I went the next day to buy a whole roast chicken from the Deli and some cans of creamy chicken soup and dinner, was served! πŸ˜› OK. Not really. I threw in some frozen veges and cubed potatoes and THEN my chicken pie filling was truly complete πŸ™‚

So here’s my little recipe. If you give it a go, I hope you’ll like it! xx

Recipe – Easy Chicken Pot Pies

Ingredients

1 whole roast chicken

2 cans of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken

400g of milk (I just filled up one of the empty soup cans)

2 large potatoes, diced

1 cup of frozen veges (Eyeball this as you might like more… or less)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Pepper

Frozen sheets of puff pastry

Method

  1. Put diced potatoes into a small saucepan and fill it up with cold water. Bring it to a boil and simmer over a low fire for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. As the potatoes are cooking away, start shredding or dicing the roast chicken. I made sure the chicken meat was still large enough for a good hearty mouthful.
  3. Once you’re finished with the chicken, your potatoes should be done too. Drain potatoes using a sieve or a strainer.
  4. In a large pot, mix both cans of soup and milk over low heat, stirring occasionally. As per the instructions on the can, do not bring the soup to a boil.
  5. When little bubbles start appearing on the surface of the soup, throw in the chicken meat, frozen veges and potatoes. Give everything in the pot a few good stirs, turn off the fire and allow your pie filling to come to room temperature.
  6. In the meanwhile, pre-heat your oven to 220 deg celsius,Β butter up your muffin pan(s) – if you’re planning on using them – or simply let your frozen puff pastry thaw a little before you start cutting them up.
  7. Once the pie filling has cooled down sufficiently to the touch, start creating ’em pies! Get creative! The world is your oyster πŸ™‚ Seal your delish delights and gently brush tops of puff pastry with the prepared egg-wash. Mummies, this would be a great time to involve the children!
  8. Pop your pies into the hot oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and allow pies to cool on racks for as long is humanly possible… That is, if you can resist not eating those freshly baked piping hot goodies!

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Bon appetit! And have a lovely week ahead, friends!

I’m baaack!

BIG OOPS! After that rant of a post, I went MIA. My defense/excuse would be that I’ve been busy. What with, I have NO IDEA. But the reality is that I’ve been feeling uninspired. Writer’s block, y’know. So because words fail me right now, I’ll just share some Instagram pics πŸ™‚ Enjoy and have a lovely week ahead! xx

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How time does fly! This picture was taken a mere three weeks ago and now this beautiful autumnal coloured tree at Kindy has pretty much gone winter bare.

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My baby got a haircut! I can finally see his handsome face in all its glory again! Mummy and Daddy love you Pocket πŸ™‚

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I like to spoil myself on my days off and have a nice brekky! Bananas, Nutella, Toast, Chocolate Cake AND Coffee — Haven’t I just ticked all the boxes on that healthy food pyramid?! πŸ˜› Don’t be jealous now πŸ™‚

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And what do I do after a big brekky?! I hit the shops! And dressed up a little! Loving my new Amelia Swing Jumper* fromΒ Saba! By the way, my husband MADE me buy new clothes when we were in Melbourne *LOL* No. I’m serious. He really did.

*The Amelia Swing Jumper is currently on sale! HHHMMMM…. Should I get me another?? πŸ˜›

Stop Mollycoddling and Start Disciplining!

I’m just having one of those days where I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with parents who think their children are angels when they are well and truly out of control at Kindy. It also doesn’t help that childcare centres mollycoddle parents too because “the customer is always right”.

Australia – you people are NUTS. You take client satisfaction to a whole new level and I really don’t think that enforcing a “NO TIME-OUT” rule or avoiding the use of the word “NO” to a child will enhance their development greatly. Yes, you read right. Educators are not allowed to put unruly children aside for a minute to calm down – and think about what it is they’d done – nor are we allowed to say “No” to the children.

“I don’t think that’s a good idea, buddy, to smack your friend on the head with that block but you’ve gone and done it, so here, take my hand. Let’s take a walk around the playground.”

Australia’s national early childhood learning standards have been working out SO WELL… Which explains the numerous children turned adults who are on handouts at the moment.

Well done, Australia! Well, bloody, done.

And for your information, I speak, read, write AND understand English PERFECTLY. And no, I’m not a genius. I have been using the English language since I was developmentally able to speak/read/write. Having small slitty eyes does not, in any way, inhibit my linguistic capabilities.

Let’s be honest now…

When I listen to people gush about how wonderful slash fun slash magical it was planning their wedding, I am, most times, very envious. Sometimes I just want to smack these people, but mostly, I’m just a little green.

To be honest, planning the wedding wasn’t great fun for me. It was a time so dotted with dark moments that I wish I didn’t have the photographic memory I possess for not so nice things. As an aside, I also have a knack for keeping track of birth dates.Β As much as the bad’s left a staleness that still lingers a little, I find that it’s also made me grow up a little. It would be very easy to point fingers and start shifting responsibility away from me but like they say, it takes two to clap.

Anyhow, with the wedding done and dusted, I can finally.. BREATHE. I don’t know if I might be alone on this but I really wanted the frivolities to be over with so that we could get on with our real life.Β 

In the words of Ruth Bell Graham, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”

ImageYou drive me up the wall most days, bubs, but I do love you so… Thank you for loving us so much *hugs*

Winter is… HERE

We’ve felt the chills of winter here in Perth for a while now – I mean, 2 degree nights?! In Autumn! C’mon Australia! Where’s the love?! Anyhow, as we bid “Au revoir” to May, there’s no denying that winter is really here. BBRRRR…

To mark the new month and new season, I popped on a shiny new pair of shoes πŸ˜€ It’s in a beeaauutiful blue, with awesome red piping! I love it! Best of all, it’s from Kmart. VALUE! Just the way I like my things *LOL*

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As the nights get colder, I reach for the ice-cream in the freezer less and more for hot, tummy-warming desserts… MMMM… So as I watched Rachel Khoo’s “Little Paris Kitchen”, I knew I had to get me hands on some of ’em “Moelleux au chocolat” and get me hands on ’em I did!

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Unfortunately, they didn’t quite hit the spot as I’d hoped because I had:

One — Over-baked the damn cakes a little. Should have taken them out a minute or two earlier AND popped them out of the ramekins immediately.

Two — Not put in enough salted caramel. I was probably also a little too generous with the salt πŸ˜›

In any case, the husband said it was a good first effort πŸ™‚ He knows there’s always more, where desserts are concerned! Since he was so good-natured about it – and because I love him – he got little chocolate sponge cakes for brekkie this morning (It…. was really more because I had leftover batter :P). Anyhow, I can’t wait for the rest of Rachel Khoo’s “Little Paris Kitchen” that’s being aired on SBS One, every Thursday at 8pm. Maybe I’ll get her cookbook too!