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Homemade Pasties

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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!

I now will often make them just for the purpose of the kids’ school lunch boxes as they are very happy to eat them cold.
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It becomes my own little production line.
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They smell fabulous while they are cooking too!
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Homemade Pasties


Homemade Pasties
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Recipe type: Lunch box
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Lay pastry sheets out to thaw.
  2. Peel and grate potatoes, carrots and onions into a large bowl.
  3. To drain excess moisture from this mixture, pour it out onto a clean tea towel and then wring tightly until liquid no longer escapes.
  4. Add mince, tomato sauce, chutney and Worcestershire sauce, mixing thoroughly.
  5. I like to make the pasties look like cornish pasties, so use a bread and butter plate to cut a circle in the pastry.
  6. 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.
  7. Brush the middle join with egg and sit on a lined tray.
  8. Continue to make pasties until pastry and mixture has been used up.
  9. Towards the end of making the pasties, to minimise waste of pastry, I make some small, funny shaped pasties for the younger children.
  10. 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.
  11. Serve with a side dollop of chutney!

Want to make the lunch box process easier?

In my online course called Meal Prep PrimerI show how you can easily make some easy item for the kids’ lunch boxes that will help make the lunch box process so much easier! Meal Prep Primer shows you how to effectively plan your time in the kitchen over the weekend, and prep food that will make your week days easier.

To keep on top of feeding the family, many years ago I started spending some time on the weekend, prepping food for the week ahead. Even if it is was just one or two things for the kids’ lunch boxes, the difference this made during the week was huge.

As I was rewarded each week for my efforts in the kitchen on the weekend, I began increasing the food I prepped. And the more weekly meal prep sessions I did, the better I became at it. The better I became at it, the less time it took me to do the sessions and the better we ate – win-win all around!

In my Meal Prep Primer course I will teach you the process I have developed over these years. The course will:

  • save you time
  • save you money
  • save you stress through the week days
  • ensure your family eats well
  • allow you to enjoy meal time more with the family

For three weeks you will receive:

  • A plan –  the plan outlines what you will be cooking and when. You can tailor this plan to suit your family’s needs and the time you have available. The plan also has clickable links to all the recipes you need to cook for the weekend.
  • A shopping list –  as you may tailor the plan to suit your family’s needs, the shopping list is broken down into items per recipe. That way you can easily cross off items you don’t need to buy, but make sure you have all the ingredients for the recipes you do intend to cook.
  • The recipes – a PDF of all the recipes you will need to cook for the week.
  • Plus there is a detailed video and other resources on the course website and further support emails to keep the habit going after three weeks.

You can read more and sign up for the short course here.

Our current lunch box set up for the primary school kids

Kids Konserve lunch box review
I am often asked what do I use for a lunch box for my kids. The photo above shows the lunch box set up we are currently using for the primary school kids. We use:

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

biome ecostores have a huge range of lunch box and lunch box items on sale at the moment, including many of the items I have reviewed above, which is worth checking out if you need new lunch box items.

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