This is the FIRST (and perhaps many) of our cooking posts. On Sun night, we made dinner for the family. We started at 4.30pm and ate at 7pm.
First up, we started with:
4:30pm: Mango Pudding and Strawberry Pudding
Here is my mum’s recipe for mango pudding. It was written in Chinese in a little notebook, then transcribed into English for me. Here, I’ll transcribe it again into blog post form.
- 1-2 mangoes
- Mango jelly powder (Aeroplane Jelly is good)
- 1 tsp gelatine
- 4 tbsp whipping cream (can also use milk I suppose)
- 1 egg (separated)
- Mix jelly powder and gelatine. Add say 400 ml of boiling water to dissolve. You can add a bit less if you prefer sturdier pudding…
- Mix in the egg yolk -kinda cook it in the hot jelly mix.
- Cut mango into chunks and add to jelly mix. Make sure you get all the mango! Don’t include any skin – it tastes like grass.
- Beat egg white and cream a bit. Mix into jelly mix.
- Pour into bowls/cups etc and fridge it for at least 4 hours.
As mangoes were selling for $8 each, my mum decided to buy some strawberries and we tried strawberry pudding. Basically it’s the same recipe, except you chop up strawberries (and mash a few) and use a strawberry jelly power mix.
Result? It’s a bit more sour than the mango pudding, but still yummy!
5:00pm: Our own Cafe de Wheel pot pies!
Ok, so for dinner, we are making our own Cafe de Wheel pies – five of them.
- Pie pastry – make from scratch or buy it?
- 1 kilo of beef – you can buy mince or a slab
I start with making the basic pie pastry from scratch. You can grab a recipe for this off a cooking website like Taste, but there’s lot of variations – up to your own tastes I guess.
In the meantime, D2D gets busy slicing up the kilo of beef into small cubes etc. Chunky pie!
He also dices up some onion – three of them. Here’s a secret: if you wear contacts, you don’t get affected by the onion smell! No crying for us!
I look in the fridge – but we have no mushrooms. Oh wells!
We throw the onion and beef on the wok with a bit of oil to lightly cook it. Then I make a pie sauce, using random amounts of salt, pepper, cupboard herbs/spices, water, cornflour, plain flour, evaporated milk, vegetable stock powder. It’s a bit watery so we keep adding cornflour and eventually it’s ok.
Divide it up into ramekin pots:
I take the pie pastry out of the fridge, where it’s been for over half an hour. Oops! It’s a bit dry…hmm. D2D separates it into 5 balls and we roll them out into thin pastry to cover the top of each ramekin.
Brush with egg wash (aka beaten egg) and pop in the oven until it’s a goldeny brown. Put a little air vent in the pastry.
Here’s the pie after baking – as you can see the pastry isn’t 100%, but that’s ok…
Time to make the potato mash! This is actually simultaneous to the pie baking etc, but let’s just say it’s 6pm.
Wash and peel potatoes. Chop up into slices or chunks. Boil potatoes until they are soft enough to mash.
After boiling, add butter and some herbs to the boiled potatoes. Then mash away!
We also boiled some peas and half mashed them up – they were a bit difficult because of the shells, but they add a nice colour to the pies.
NOW, it is assembly time.
Put some mash on top of the pie, plus some pea mash. Arrange it in a well shape, then pour gravy into the well.
Oh and add a boiled corn cob on the side.
At 7:00pm: dinner is served
Let’s have a look inside the pie:
Warning! This was a very filling meal.