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I always associate meat pies with colonialism and all that that entails.  Afternoon tea, the spice trade, meat pies wrapped up in paper at the local corner bakery.  Sadly, they’re really hard to find in the US and I think that’s a shame.  So I came up with a recipe that tastes like my favorite Aussie Meat Pie, but I think the most fun about this is adding ingredients to fit your tastes.  Curry, ketchup, hot sauce…the choices are endless.  Same goes for the meat – I think that this would be really delicious with lamb.

dsc_0002For the Crust:
2 c. flour
1 c. butter or shortening
1tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 c. milk

Cut butter or shortening into the flour with two knives or a pastry cutter.  I like to do half and half so it’s especially buttery and flaky.  Add milk slowly while stirring – just enough to make soft dough.  When dough is soft, knead a little bit and roll out, filling pan.  Save a little bit for the top crust.

For the Filling:
3/4 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 c. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. cumin
2 tbsp. flour
salt and pepper to taste

Brown onions in a pan over medium heat – add ground beef and cook thoroughly.  Add remaining ingredients, mixing thoroughly.  Add the flower a little bit at a time so it doesn’t clump.  When beef is thoroughly mixed, transfer to lined pie pan and use remaining crust to cover the top, cutting a few slits for ventilation.  Bake at 375 until crust is golden brown.  Serve and enjoy!  I used a bitty little pan for mine – about 6″ across and kind of tall.  You’ll have to see what works best for you!

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I’ve been running into some serious computer problems lately, but it looks like I’m back for a bit at least!

So I’d like to share with you all a really, really easy recipe. I love fresh herbs in the summer, and buy way more than I could ever possibly consume. I dry a lot of them (upside down in a paper bag) which works like a charm, but I wanted to find another way that I could preserve those yummy summer flavors.

So I settled on infused olive oils! I thought that it would be really difficult, and that it wouldn’t turn out, but they ended up being wonderful. Now the kind of oil you makes really depends on your tastes, but some of the ones I made were: blood orange; citrus (orange, lemon, and lime); herbs du provence (rosemary, thyme, garlic); lemon dill; and green meanie. Green meanie is the most delicious – every fresh herb I could find, including garlic, thyme, dill, rosemary, and basil. All you have to do is pick a flavor combination that you love (I made my mom some straight basil oil) and then find a clean, pretty bottle. Place the herbs in the bottle (the more the better, I say!) and then fill to the top with olive oil. Let it sit at least a week – the flavor will be nice and intense by then. It keeps indefinitely, or at least so it seems. And the best part is, when you use some of it you can just refill the bottle with more oil and that way it lasts forever!

I like to use these oils as an easy salad dressing, as a marinade for chicken or fish, to dip bread it, and pretty much anything else you can think of that needs a bit of light herb flavor. Go crazy! Add peppers or flowers or anything you want. The possibilities are endless (and I use this in a lot of my recipes so it never hurts to have some on hand).

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