Thursday, May 29, 2008

Chicken Pot Pie...

Everybody has been asking for the recipe and I've gotta admit I'm not joking when I say I can't remember how we did it. I spent a day online searching for 'easy recipes' and by the time we got around to making the pie - we wound up mixing 3 of them together with a few twists of our own.

We used puff pastry dough as a crust. Though it took less time during the 'prep' - a real pie crust would've been yummier - (at least that's what we decided.) So here's a recipe for the dough. It's sooo ridiculously simple.
Pie Crust:
1/3 cup cold Margarine
1 cup Flour
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. Salt
3 Tbsp. Water

Blend the margarine, flour and salt (pastry cutter makes this simple) until it's crumbly little crumbs. Add the water and mix to form a soft dough. Chill for 1 hour in the fridge. (the chilling isn't mandatory - but it makes it a lot easier to roll out.)

The easiest way to roll out the dough is to make either a ball (if using a round baking pan) or a cube (if using a square pan) and then roll it out between 2 pieces of parchment paper.

As for the chicken pot pie itself, I shall attempt to recall how exactly we went about making the deliciously creamy one dish meal...

Ingredients First:
Green Peas (we like the little ones)
Boneless chicken breast (shnitzel style is best)
1 - 1 1/2 cups stock (we used our leftover chicken soup)
Mashed potatoes (these were left-overs too)
Salt & Pepper

Cut some; onions, carrots & zucchini (into any artistic shape you
want - smaller pieces are better.) Throw them into a pan to saute' - the longer
they are in there the better. Throw some salt & pepper in to give them a bit of flavor.

Cut the chicken into smallish cubes/strips.

Throw the chicken pieces into a small pot with the stock and the peas. Let
the chicken begin to cook...

In the meantime, when the vegetables are good and saute'ed add the mashed
potatos and some of the stock (yes, you can pull some right out of the pot!) Let
it start to cook. Check if it needs more flavor - if so, a little more salt/pepper wouldn't hurt.

Mix the chicken and peas with the vegetable & mashed potato concoction.
If the mixture gets sticky and thick add some of the stock. (You don't
want it to be tooooo runny, but you do want it to be a nice consistency.) Last chance to taste for flavor! (Trust me - the tasting thing is a perk. Really!)

Pour the mixture into the crust and place top crust. Make sure that the
crust is sealed shut so that all the yummy goodness can bake inside and not ooze
all over your oven instead.

Bake at 350F or 180C or whatever possessed temperature your over bakes at
until the crust is a pretty light brown-ish color (30-40 minutes.)

So long as the chicken was mostly cooked through in the first part of the
recipe, you don't really have to worry because everything is actually cooked

I wish I could give you exact measurements and at least an official cooking time, but as I tried to explain, we made our pie from shabbos left-overs and we baked it in our fleishig toaster-oven (since that's the only oven we've got.) Plus, we are getting really really good at half-ing recipes (cause a whole recipe means left-overs and nobody wants to eat left-overs aaaalllll week long.)

Hope you enjoy and remember - in the kitchen - experimentation and flexibility are key... :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Because I Keep My Promises...

Well y'all - from no posts in a month to 2 posts in a day.

That's a pretty good rebound time - dontcha think?

So - here's a link to a general summary of my month of May in photo form.

I figure that's the easiest way to catch you up more or less on the going-ons of my life at the moment.

Have I mentioned that writing 'thank you notes' for wedding gifts is THE stupidest thing EVERRRR?!?!?! OF COURSE I APPRECIATED YOUR GIFT AND IF I DIDN'T DO YOU THINK I'M GONNA LIE ON THE LITTLE CARD AND TELL YOU HOW AWFUL IT WAS?! Golly gee, I think not. *sigh* Whatever, only like 25 left and I finally got around to writing the names on the envelopes and sealing them. Now they just need to get delivered.

Oh - and I also wanted to share the resolution of my earlier 'chair gripe' with you.

I remembered quite randomly this late afternoon that when the comfy office whairs were ordered that 3 of them were actually brought in. I knew that one was where it belonged and that mine had been absconded, so I went on a mission and located the third one (sitting lonely and unused at the back of the office.) I simply switched the uncomfortable chair for the 'extra' comfy one. I reckon this is yet another opportunity to learn the lesson that, 'there is more than one way to skin a cat' or is it that 'two wrongs don't make a right'?

Alas, I can not answer this deep thought at the moment. I'm simply too tired.

Maybe tomorrow...

For My Freddie...

I'm here! I'm here! Still kicking! Still swimming! Still breathing! Still alive! Married! Busy! Insanely busy! With what? I have no clue.

I honestly can't be bothered to check my last post, so I'm not sure what I wrote or when it was. I have a funny feeling that it was about a month ago. (Which, I must admit, makes me very sad. I didn't want to get back to these once a month postings. Too much happens in a month and if I don't write it here then I won't remember it.)

So - today is the 3 month anniversary. We've been married for 3 months and haven't killed each other. We've had our fights and will continue to have them but things are settled into routine and so long as you can work through the rough patches and make-up everything is gonna be juuuust fine. :)

Last night was a girls night out with mommy and the sister. We started in town (where the bank ate Freddie's credit-card) and after a quick welcoming party at The Ranch for Akiva we headed out to Malcha Mall for some REALLY REALLY yummy chinese at Korusin.

I am currently seething in silence at a co-worker who is relatively new to the office and had the audacity to switch our chairs while I was away in Australia and when I returned she got all annoyed at me when I took my chair back. I WORKED MY A$$ off for 2 years to earn that chair!!!!! What a Witch! Arg! SO now I have an awful chair with no padding that can't be adjusted properly and that doesn't wheel properly which makes my butt, back, neck, legs and arms ache continually (since I spend somewhere between 40-42 hours a week in it.)

This afternoon I'm going to go with Freddie to help her get her card back from the bank and maybe we'll even go out for a bite to eat.

I can't really put together coherent thoughts right now and this is gonna turn into a total ramble so I think I'll stop and spare you.

At Freddie's request I just wanted to let you know that I'm alive and well and that I have been thinking about updating - it's just that the time never seems to be right and when the time is right there is so much else to do.

Real life is frustrating.

That's about all I can say.