Saturday, 31 December 2011

Kale, Potato and Blue Cheese Hand Pies

We are all packed and ready to leave in the next hour or so.  

I've made some portable grub for our long drive down south.  It may not be the tastiest of hand pies I've made, but it will certainly save us some pounds and pennies, after all we will have enough expenses with just petrol fuel.
I call these hand pies, but really in the U.K we know them as pasties. Encased in this puff pastry is mashed up new potatoes with steamed curly kale and blue cheese: Stilton to be more precise. Again this is just a made up recipe to use up what we had in the fridge. 

I made a couple extra which D ate and commented that they were like 'tangy potato pies and so much better than the veggie pasties you get from the High Street bakers'.  Well of course, I thought - how on earth can you even compare them.
Below - piping hot, straight from the oven.  But for our journey they have been wrapped in foil and will be eaten cold at some point when we want to stretch our legs.
I've also made a Winter Pasta Salad with the remaining curly kale, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes.  It's so dark and un-inviting that I think I am going to dub it 'Dirty Winter Pasta Salad'. 
And there are also a couple of slices of Cranberry Bread to enjoy with our flask of black coffee.  Wish us a safe journey.  See you in the New Year and of course how can I forget, Happy New Year to each and every one of You.  


  1. Your winter pasta salad looks so inviting... Can you please please please post the recipe...

    1. Here you go, sorry for the delay.

      Dirty Green Winter Pasta Salad
      Serves 2
      Cook enough pasta for 2 people, drain and set aside to cool
      4 – 6 sundried tomatoes, rehydrated and minced
      1 handful of black olives, pitted
      1 handful of fresh curly kales, removed from the stalk, washed and shredded
      2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, or to taste
      3 - 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
      sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
      Put the pasta into a bowl.
      Mince the rehydrated tomatoes, olives, chives, basil and cucumber into pieces about half the size of the pasta and add to the bowl.
      Add the vinegar, oil and seasoning. Drizzle this over the salad, adding a little more seasoning to taste.

  2. I like the sound of those very much - but (you know I'm not a vegetarian) I'd probably want a couple of cold cooked pork sauasages too!
    Safe journeys!

  3. These look wonderful and I LOVE the idea of your 'Dirty Winter Pasta Salad'.....sometimes it's just so right to get 'dirty'...haha.

    It's brilliant that you are compiling your recipes into a book. If you get turned down by publishers I think you should go down the self-publishing route. Karon at Dream Acres (So Easy Life) on my sidebar would be a good person to contact for information on this. Her first book was self published and then it was picked up by a publishing company and she hasn't looked back.

    If you needed to raise finance, think of me I would be more than willing to put my purse where my mouth is and help get this brilliant book off the ground. Of course I would expect a free signed copy or two (one would be sold off at auction when you are rich and famous, the other would be too full of ingredient dribbles after regular use to be of value!!).

    Happy New Year and pass my very best onto all your folks as you do your whistle stop tour of the UK.

    Sue xx

  4. These little pies look wonderfully tasty. That's exactly what I would love for today. Sadly I won't be cooking anything special, as my little man is still poorly, and I don't feel like celebrating.
    Wishing you a happy new year!

  5. safe journey!
    here's to a delicious new year

  6. Safe journey Shaheen, and Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing so many fabulous recipes with us again. Somebody really needs to get you a book deal, you know..... just a little thought. :)

    Happy 2012

  7. Pasties sound great, Shaheen. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  8. Thank you for all the lovely recipes, and your nice comments on my blog.

    Best wishes for 2012.

  9. That recipe has been saved, I may make it for Jac's Bookmarked recipes too, as it looks LUSH!

  10. I think your 'Winter Pasta Salad' looks very inviting! Yum.

  11. I don't like olives but I would happily eat that!

  12. Happy new year, I hope it is a fantastic 2012 for you xxxx

  13. Happy New Year your little pasties, I think I will be making those some time soon.
    Have a safe journey...
    Julie x

  14. What a wonderful picnic! Happy new year x

  15. MMMMM,..your dirty winter pasta salad sounds so good to me!
    I also made your cranberry & carrot bread this morning & loved it to bits!

    Your pasties look delightful!
    I wish you a Happy, warm & lovely 2012 filled with tons of joy, good health & great food! ;)

  16. I hope your packed lunch went down a treat ................far better than any service station fayre!

  17. Happy new year, safe travels, and my, those pasties sound marvelous :)

    xoxo, eggy

  18. Looks lovely, I feel inspired to cook more veggie dishes. The hand pies look lush and haven;t had kale for around 5 years (last time when I was in Rio), but may pick up a bag in Asda.
    Happy eating


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