Crisp pastry, deep and rich meat and vegetables are what makes this pie a family winner.
Sundays are made for the family to get together, relax and have good wholesome food around the table while sharing idle chatter. This is what we enjoy as a family and more so when the weather is that little drab and dreary. The day we encountered had light rain pattering the window, like little drums and as you look out its seems like small tears rolling down.
This is when I like to cook meals that send aromas through the house, encouraging little questions from our kids asking what’s for dinner. The buildup of tender excitement as I call everyone to the table ready for dinner is what Sundays are for.
This minced beef and vegetable pie sent these aromas dancing through the house, that meaty beef smell with a hint of thyme. Making the pie was also very satisfying. I actually really enjoy making pastry as I find it very calming and allows me to imagine how the finished pie would be and I also get a lot of inspiration for recipes in these moments.
While the pie was cooking, I spent those minutes making lego house with my kids which was always going to be good fun especially as I had to make a music school on this occasion for my youngest daughter, with a slide of course and a batman house for my son which suddenly changed to being Spiderman’s house.
It was during these building moments I could sense the pie cooking away as the pastry turns a golden brown and turning crisp with little flakes which is made by using the lard in the recipe.
When the time came to the family meal time you know you have done well as you cut perfect wedges from the pie to serve without an oozy gravy going everywhere or the mix being so dry it looks dull. This pie, however, had a beautiful sheen to the filling making it velvety yet meaty enough. The grated carrot and courgette added another dimension of crunch and softness to the pie which was finished with that crisp pastry encasing it all together in perfect harmony.