Well, it's Friday night, you have to (well, not HAVE to out of compulsion, for there is no compulsion in religion, so, its HAVE TO out of lurve) whip up some semblance of supper for your cell group mates. I was feeling lazy this Friday, and I had a pack of Pampas Puff Pastry which I bought two weeks back, so what to do, what to do?
Not every thing has to be done from scratch, though there is no clear boundaries as to what constitutes "scratch". I mean, strictly speaking, we don't plant our own wheat and grind our own flour, or milk our own cows (though son did suggest once, "Papa, why don't we buy a cow?", "Why" I ask, "So that we can make our own cheese", he says). So, when people say, you made it from scratch, I ask, what do you mean scratch??? Is using ready made pampas puff pastry cheating? Actually, I reckon making puff pastry is too much effort. And not cheap either. Not with the price of butter these days anyway.
So, I stopped by at TMC on the way home, and bought a roast chicken, honey roasted, for RM6.99!!! And a bag of frozen vegetables, ie, peas, carrots and corn combo.
The wonderful thing about this is how quickly it is to assemble. I start at 8.20pm, bible study starts at 9.00pm.
First, cut the pastry into squares, and put into a muffin tin, alternating pattern so they don't overlap. I can't be bothered to cut the pastries into rounds, and reroll the cut offs.
Shred the chicken, and add a cup or so of cream, frozen veggies, a handful of shredded cheddar, (or even those sliced kraft cheeses adds a nice taste), and for added flavour, one packet of Campbell's powdered mushroom soup, mixed in some water. Guess you could use a can too, but more expensive.
Fill the little pies. Funnily, one chicken fills exactly 12.... and a pack of 6 sheets, divided into 4 squares, yields 12 pies.
Cover with another square, and using a fork, press the top and bottom sheets together.
Employ slave/child labour to glaze the top of the pies, with either milk or egg, or both.
Bake in 180C or 190C oven until brown.
And VOILA, freshly baked pies, which are square, hence PIE ARE SQUARE!!!