Friday, October 26, 2012

Apples and Fish Pie

Apples and fish pie.This fish pie is a bit unconventionally tasting because it has apples and vinegary onions, but it’s nice to have something different ones in a while.

I planned cooking this ahead, so I made a my own puff pastry dough one day before baking a pie. I tried a new recipe this time, and I think it’s a keeper. I usually use a store bought version, but it’s made from shortening and that stuff is not exactly healthy. Homemade dough is not just healthier, but is also easier to work with and tastes better.

For the dough:
Dought 1:
  • 200 grams butter
  • 2/3 cup flour
Dough 2:
  • 1 egg
  • cold water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Dough 1. Shred cold butter, mixing it with flour in the process of shredding so it won’t clump too much together. After the butter is shredded and mixed with flour, make a ball with it and put aside.

Dough 2. Mix flour, salt and lemon juice in a bowl. In a cup, beat an egg and add water so that total there are 2/3 cup of liquid. Pour water with egg into the flour and knead the dough.

Roll dough 2 into the square and put dough 1 on top (it should be close to the center, but a bit to the side). Then make an envelope around dough 1 with dough 2 (left side on top, upper and bottom parts on top, cover with the right side). Put the envelope in the fridge for 30 minutes. Take the envelope out of the refrigerator, carefully roll, fold it again, put in the fridge for another 30 minutes. Repeat.

For the filling:
  • 1-1.5 lb white fish fillets (we used wild Alaskan cod)
  • 2/3 sweet onion
  • 1.5 large apple, peeled
  • semolina (манка)
  • apple vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • salt, sugar, pepper

Thinly slice sweet onion and put in the mixture of vinegar, water, salt and sugar (I just used my taste for the proportions). Thinly slice apple and squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top. Dry fish fillets with paper towels, add salt, pepper and any other spices to taste.

To assemble the pie roll half the dough and put on greased baking sheet. Put filling in layers: semolina, apples, fish, onions (dry them with paper towels first). Roll the second half of the dough and cover the pie, sealing the edges by pressing together. Brush with beaten egg and make 1 inch long horizontal slashes.

Bake in 380 F preheated oven for 45 minutes. Enjoy!

P.S. Danya was not a fan of apples, but I actually enjoyed them. I think the combination of sweet apples, fish and sour onions was interesting.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Meat and Potatoes Pie

Meat and Potatoes Pie.I made this pie yesterday, and it would have been gone yesterday, have I not wisely preserved part of it for tonight’s dinner. ) It came out delicious!

I used beef since lamb is not easy to find in our neighborhood. I also used young potatoes (I think they add a touch of sweetness to the filling) and a bit more spices than the recipe calls for. I will definitely make this again! Mrs. Mansurov published an excellent set of photographs illustrating the process, which made it even easier for me.
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie.Весь вчерашний день и ночь, а так же сегодня пол дня шел снег — поэтому я работаю из дома. Вчера же я ехала на работу с Ларой – девочкой из нашего подьезда, которая работает всего на одну остановку Path Train дальше меня. Ехали мы с ней вместе первый раз (надеюсь, не последний), и очень хорошо поболтали. Она-то и подкинула мне идею вчерашнего ужина – пастуший пирог.

Звучит название весьма интригующе, а на самом деле блюдо представляет собой фарш, обжаренный с овощами и запечённый в духовке под шубой картофельного пюре. Простенько, но для будничного ужина очень даже хорошая идея (дёшево и сердито). Лара поведала мне рецепт, которым пользуется она, но я еще на всякий случай глянула на интернете — и вот этот рецепт Рэйчел Рэй оказался очень похожим на Ларисин. Continue Reading
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Lazy Tuna Pie

Lazy Tuna PieHere is another very simple recipe, which produced pretty good results for the amount of effort invested.

For the dough you’ll need 2 eggs, 200 gr of sour cream, 150 gr of mayo, 5-6 tablespoons of flour, a pinch of sugar and 0.5 teaspoon of baking soda (mixed with a drop of white vinegar).

For the filling mix 1 can of solid white tuna (or any other canned fish), 1.5 chopped fried onions, 3 chopped pickles, 4 boiled and chopped eggs.

Pour half of the dough in the baking form, add the filling, pour the second half of the dough on top of the filling. Put the baking form in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes at 350F.
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