Comfy weekend

This weekend is all about comfort foods, family & warm beverages. My son's coming home from Barcelona tomorrow, so you can say I'm prepping for his return. ;P He'll get his normal dose of saturday-sugar-high & all my attention. :D I was thinking about making something like this:


Chicken pie
Just a simple, quick fixed kinda hearty meal.

Here’s what you need:
...for the pie crust...
150g butter
3 dl. flour
3 spoons of cold water
Tiny amount of salt
If you’re a lazy ass - buy a ready made one.
...for the filling...
Chicken (Minced, chopped, torn, however you like it.)
Celery leaves
1 leek
4-6 eggs (Depends on the size.)
About 200g grated cheese
3 dl. cream or milk...or neither, if you don’t want it.
Button mushrooms (Champignong)
Salt, pepper, chili or whatever tickles your fancy.

...& here’s how you do it:
If you haven’t already bought a ready made one, then this is how you make an easy pie crust... (You have to use your fingers for this one.) Just crumble the butter in with the flour. When you’ve got all of the tiny butter flakes covered with flour then add a little cold water at a time. When you have a dough that reminds you of the play-doh you dabbled with as a child, cover it with plastic & stick it in the fridge for an hour. (Yeah ok...not that quick of a fix. Cause you need to roll out the dough, prick it all over with a fork & then put it in an oven for about 15 minutes at 220 C - before you put the fillings in. Hmm.... Quick fix I said? Stick with the ready made one! Lol!)  For the filling you need chicken of some sorts. If you go with the minced meat option it’ll take a heck of a lot longer. I usually  just buy a whole grilled chicken, take all the meat off the bones & dump it in a frying pan. But you can buy it already  «plucked» like that...saves time! ;) Then I season it with whatever I like (Usually spicy as hell!), throw in the sliced mushrooms, chopped leeks & add the chopped celery leaves right at the end of the cooking time. Then I take a fork & wisp uo the eggs with the cream & grated cheese. Then I put the chicken in the pie dish, pour the egg mix over & carefully stir it around to mix it all. Stick it in a preheated oven at 200C for about 30 minutes aka slightly golden brown. All in all it usually takes about an hour from start to finish. NOT the healthiest option of course, but that’s the ideal thing with this recipe... You can make it into whatever you like. You can make a whole wheat crust, you can drop the cream, add light cheese, no salt, loads of vegetables, just use whatever you like in it. That’s what comfort food means to me at least. Something that looks - & is homemade, with love - by you. ;) 

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I'm sooo looking forward to Halloween. Hoping & praying to the Gods that I'll be well enough to have a small dinner party. I love the whole planning, decorating & dressing up… (My body aches just by talking about it…but a girl can dream, can't she? ;) ) Carved pumpkins, deviled eggs, Ghastly Ghoulash, pumpkin pie… *sigh*

After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual "food" out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.  ~Miss Piggy.


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