Make It a Pie Kind of Day

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Ingredients for Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Homemade chicken pie
Flaky and buttery crust
Childhood in a bowl
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Here are the simple recipes for you to make your own puff and pot pie filling.

Easy Flaky Puff Pastry

Ingredients:

150g all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
pinch salt
150g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
60ml ice water, plus more if necessary

Directions

  1. Combine the flour and salt big bowl and mix together with fork or with your hands. Make sure your hands are relatively cold (you may rinse your hands under cold water and wipe dry), add the butter to the flour mixture and rub in the butter with your hands. Mix the ingredients together until the mixture looks like coarse sand.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the cold water a little at a time. Using a fork to stir and combine the dough together. You may use your hands (but make sure they are cold) to help you form a ball). 
  3. Sprinkle a clean cutting board with flour, put the dough on it, and sprinkle the top with flour. Form the dough in to a rough rectangle. Don’t worry if the dough is not sticking together or seems a bit dry. It will come together when you roll it out. Flour the rolling pin, and roll the dough out in front of you into a rectangle about 30cm long. No need to be too precise here. 
  4. Fold the bottom third of the dough over the middle of the dough. Fold the upper third of the dough on top of the middle too. Rotate the dough one-quarter turn, and repeat the folding. Use additional flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. Roll out, fold, and turn the dough at least 6 or 7 times. Make sure the dough and butter don’t get too warm. If the dough seems too warm while rolling, wrap it up in cling film and put it back in the fridge for 20 minutes before you continue to do the fold-and-roll process. 
  5. When done, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour, or overnight. Dough may be frozen for up to 3 months. Portion out the dough and roll out for desired puff pastry use. 

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Serves 2 – 3 persons

Ingredients:

2 – 3 pieces skinless chicken thighs or breast, washed and pat dry
10ml Olive Oil
5g unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced into small cubes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 sprig of thyme
25g all-purposed flour
60ml milk
150ml chicken broth
50g frozen peas
salt and black pepper to taste

1 portion of the Flaky Pie Crust
1 egg + 1 tablespoon water

Directions:

  1. Make 1 portion of the Flaky Pie Crust as per recipe above. Let dough rest in the fridge while you make the pie filling. Preheat the oven to 190C. 
  2. In a large pan, heat up 5ml of olive oil over medium heat. Pan fry the chicken pieces about 5 minutes per side or until cook through. Remove from pan. Set aside and let it cool. Alternatively, you may bake the chicken in the oven until cooked through. 
  3. In the same pan, add remaining olive oil and butter. Sauté onion and garlic until soft, about 2 – 3 minutes. Add in carrot and thyme. Cook for a further 3 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the flour until it coats all the vegetables evenly. Lower the heat and add in the milk. Stir to combine. The sauce will thicken a bit because of the flour. 
  5. Add in the chicken broth and let it cook for 5 minutes. If the sauce is too think, add more broth or water. 
  6. Shred the cooked chicken or cut up into cubes. Add the chicken back into the sauce. Stir well and let cook for another 3 minutes. Add in frozen peas. Season with salt and black pepper. Turn off heat and set pie filling aside. 
  7. Roll out your pie dough on a floured cutting board to 1/2cm thick and according to the size of your pie dish. The dough should be around  5cm bigger than your pie dish. 
  8. Whisk egg and a tablespoon of water together to make an egg wash. 
  9. Spoon in the pie filling into your pie dish and place the dough over the dish, using a knife to trim off odd bits. Fold the overhanging dough inward while pinching to seal the edges. You can use a fork to press down onto edge of the pie dough to create a pattern. Brush the pie with the egg wash and use a knife to cut 3 slits on the top of the dough to let the steam out as the pie bakes. Place dish on a baking tray and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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100 days completed

I am quite happy to say that I have managed to finished my 100-days haiku writing project. It has been awesome and most of the haikus turned into my daily journal. After a couple of weeks of this, I found myself tapping my fingers, doing the 5-7-5 count, at the most random of times, stopping mid-walk to jot down the words in my head.

For someone who is not a writer, the past 100 days has forced me to think outside the box on my word choice, sentence structure and how I approach imagery. I’ve always been very straightforward in my thinking process, but this project has led me experience what writing stories and fictions feels like. There were days when I would have a strong and vivid image of a scene that I would translate it into a 3-line poem. (Is strange, these vivid images were almost always red in background, with black shadows, puffs of smokes and mysterious).

The haiku writing has also made me attempt in writing some other forms (or rather, formless and unstructured) of poems. Understanding and writing poems have always been beyond me.  I just don’t get those metaphors. But because of this 100 day project, I have started following some talented writers who write so beautifully. Everything they produce reads super well and lovely. There is always very smooth flow and transitions in their writing. They are truly amazing and talented people. I look forward to reading their new work every day. Is addictive.

Check out
@tylerknott ‘s tumblr page – http://tylerknott.tumblr.com
@haiku.fever on instagram
@lovepieces_ on instagram and http://www.thedisappearingisland.wordpress.com by Sandy W.

I think I will continue to write haikus on a regular basis. Maybe not daily. But I think I have gotten used to writing down my thoughts in 5-7-5.

Next challenge: Read 40 pages of a book every day for the next 100 days
(Hopefully this will turn into a life-long habit)

I love to read and I have LOADS of books to get through. But, sadly, I don’t pick up a book everyday. This will have to change. I’ll list out the books that I have read in the next 100 days. A 100 days means 4000 pages and with the average book of 300 pages per book, I should be able to finish 13 books in the next 100 days. Let’s see how this goes!

Two books that I am currently reading are: On Writing ~ A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King and Dear Life, by Alice Munro. I’ve been at these books for the past 3 months, at least, and still have not finished reading them. That’s about to change!