Last Week: Favourite Things + A Recipe

April 23, 2012

1.  Individual vegetable pot pies - yum!  I didn't have ramekins so I used my giant red soup mugs.
2.  Canoli - a sweet reward after painting.  Haven't had one of these in ages.
3.  Ordering a pizza and leaving it unattended for a minute so someone could warm his bum on it!
4.  Re-discovering a favourite cookbook - the recipe for the pot pies came from this one, see below.

Individual Vegetable Pot Pies
Makes 6

1 medium potato, peeled, cut into small cubes
150g pumpkin, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes
1 large carrot, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes
150g small broccoli florets
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red capsicum, cut into 1cm squares
50g butter
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 egg yolks
salt and cayenne pepper, to taste
2 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Preheat oven to hot 210C (415F).  Brush six 1-cup capacity ramekins* with oil.  Steam or microwave the potato, pumpkin, carrot and broccoli until just tender.  Drain well and place in a large bowl.  Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and capsicum over medium heat for 2 minutes until soft.  Add to the bowl.

Heat the butter in a pan and add the flour.  Stir over low heat for 2 minutes or until lightly golden.  Add the milk gradually, stirring until smooth.  Stir over medium heat for 3 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens.  Boil for another minute, then remove from the heat and cool slightly.  Add the cheese and yolks to the sauce and stir to combine.  Season to taste.

Add the sauce to the vegetables and stir to combine.  Divide between the ramekins. Cut 6 (or 4 if using bigger dishes) circles from the pastry to fit the top of the ramekins and press the edges to seal.  Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.Pies are best eaten on the day they are made.
*This made 4 pies in the giant soup mugs.
Recipe from The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook, Murdoch Books


  1. That picture of your cat made me laugh - my cat is obsessed with sitting on anything warm too!

    The cannoli looks so good, I haven't had one in years - would love to make them but i am fearful i would eat them all myself...

    1. That's why I try and only bake when there's an occasion to do so now otherwise I eat all the goodies too!

  2. It must be getting cold in Melbourne if the kitties are resorting to pizzas for warmth!

    From your last few posts, the house is looking amazing, as usual! But I'm loving the recipe posts too. I know you're doing frugal FebruaryMarchAprilMayJune... in preparation for your big holiday. Cooking is a good way of creating something new without spending lots of money and getting to eat the delicious and nutritious meals is just a bonus.

    1. Thanks superluminous! The cold weather is here today (yay!) that's for sure!

  3. This sounds delicious! And what a perfect portion size.

    Also, your cat warming his bum on the pizza box is hilarious. Have a good Monday :)

    1. You should have seen the fuss he made when I tried to move him off the box - so naughty!

  4. I can't stop laughing at that photo of your cat. Too funny!