My mum taught me how to make these. I think the original recipe that she used was from an Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook and I have tweaked it slightly by adding chutney. This is one of the meals that reminds me of winter Sunday evenings as a child!
- 7 sheets short crust pastry
- 750 grams mince
- 3 carrots
- 3 potatoes
- 3 onions
- 6 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 6 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 0.5 cup chutney
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Lay pastry sheets out to thaw.
- Peel and grate potatoes, carrots and onions into a large bowl.
- To drain excess moisture from this mixture, pour it out onto a clean tea towel and then wring tightly until liquid no longer escapes.
- Add mince, tomato sauce, chutney and Worcestershire sauce, mixing thoroughly.
- I like to make the pasties look like cornish pasties, so use a bread and butter plate to cut a circle in the pastry.
- Heap the meat mixture into the middle of the pastry circle and bring up the edges of the pastry and twirl the edges to seal.
- Brush the middle join with egg and sit on a lined tray.
- Continue to make pasties until pastry and mixture has been used up.
- Towards the end of making the pasties, to minimise waste of pastry, I make some small, funny shaped pasties for the younger children.
- Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius and cook for a further 20 minutes or until the pasties have turned golden.
- Serve with a side dollop of chutney!
Our current lunch box set up for the primary school kids
- A standard lunch box which we can put an ice brick in
- Kids Konserve stainless steel nesting trio
- 4MyEarth Sandwich wrap
- We use the U Konserve 350ml stainless steel thermos when wanting to have soup or use up left overs.
This works well for us as we can:
- add whole pieces of fruit if needed
- the kids can have cut up fruit and veg for brain food
- items can be made the night before and stay fresh
- items can be easily kept separate
- kids know what is for lunch and what is for recess
- they can take single items out as needed
- it can keep food cold
- items don’t get crushed
- and it is waste free
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