Can I ask you a question? How many of you love Pot Pies? Do they bring back good memories for you? I assume many of you have had the store bought versions however, how many grew up on the homemade type? Well I for one grew up on the store bought version and I thought they were OK but not terrific. As time went by the meat and vegetables became less and less in many of the pot pies we purchased and more sauce. Have you noticed this too?
I sometimes feel bad that I make my mother sound like she couldn’t cook and that isn’t true. She made homemade breads and several things really well. When the food industry changed to “quick cooking for the busy housewife” she jumped in with both feet. She had five children, a big house and the laundry was constant so I get it. We are in a similar situation today with children, housework, and for many full time jobs outside the home. Something has to give, right? I was no different but when I got sick and discovered how food had impacted my health I decided what had to give was not the food we ate and the quality but rather other things. I had my home cleaned, I purchased bins for laundry on roller feet and did a load in the evening after work and taught my children how to do a load. Which was good because they went off to college and other kids were asking them how to do laundry.
In the end life is a set of compromises to which we have to make a priority list of what’s most important to us. House has to be clean thus a service. Laundry has to be done so a system has to be established and our job is to teach our children to be adults and stand on their own two feet.
Which is good parenting so why not. One of my or I should say “our” New Years resolutions a few year ago was to be less consumers types and more people with joy in the form of sharing, adventures, getting back to the things that gave us purpose, so important and since we were not as big consumers as once upon a time I could afford to get my home cleaned. See how it works?
The point here is this new year of 2015 think about what’s important, what gives your life purpose, and taking care of your health before you get sick like I did. Take charge of your life and be responsible for it. We women or men for that matter can not do it all I don’t care what the TV, or books, or co-workers say. We aren’t perfect and we need time to give to ourselves. Jane Fonda once said ” we’re not meant to be perfect we’re meant to be whole.” Wow, what a statement. Think about that line. I repeat that sentence often to myself because it’s true and I have to remind myself of it. Thank you Ms. Fonda!
This is a long post I know. I’m writing this on the first day of the new year and I always ponder the prior year and thus this long post. Since this is a food blog I guess we’ll throw in a recipe now and we’ll go full circle here we started with mention of a homemade pot pie and we’ll end with a great recipe of such. I hope cooking healthy whole foods will be on your New Year’s resolution, either way this is an easy recipe to try and I promise you’ll skip the pot pies in the frozen food section of your super market.
Again you can involve your older children in this and they can chop vegetables or do a load of laundry so when they go off to college they too will be able to cook and do their own laundry after all our job is to teach them to be adults, you don’t have to be super women just whole. That’s OK. So here goes:
2 pounds lean organic hamburger (organic as much as you can)
2 med onions, chopped
2-3 garlic clove, minced
2-3 carrot, peeled and chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
2-3 potatoes, scrubbed, chopped
2 teaspoons tomatoe paste
2 1/2 Tablespoons flour
Beef stock as needed add about 1/2 – 1 cup
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Cayenne pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fennel, crushed
2 sprigs of thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
2 stems of parsley or 2 teaspoons parsley
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup peas frozen is fine I add last
2 Tablespoons butter (for sautéing mushrooms)
1 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms sautéed in butter, above
1/2 cup gruyere cheese
Dollops of sour cream to garnish top
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
3-4 Tablespoons very cold water
Make your crust first by simply combining and mix well. I of course find using my clean hands to mix is best you can’t get it mixed by stirring. Roll into a ball and refrigerate until you’re ready to roll out, this will also ensure a flaky crust.
* Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
* Cook you ground beef breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks. Drain if desired.
* Add your onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic sauté a few moments. Add carrot, celery,
potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, tomato paste, salt and pepper.
* Add thyme,parsley,bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and fennel simmer
for about one hour. Then remove bay leaf.
*. Add your flour and stock just enough for desired thickness.
* Add frozen peas then immediately turn off the heat this way the peas do not get over cooked
the heat will cook them enough. You can roll out your crust during this few moment interval
while peas heat up.
* Pour filling into large pie plate or individual serving dished. Sprinkle desired amount of
Cheese over filling.
* Place your crust on top crimp edges or whatever style you desire. Making cut out shapes look
Pretty as well such as leaves during the fall…
*. A dollop of sour cream on top or to the side finishes your dish beautifully.
Let us know how you enjoyed this dish and what your New Years resolutions are. Is good food one of them at least as much as you can. Life is a journey and you’ll get better and better at it. Let us hear from you.