How do fathers bond with their daughters? Well playing Barbies wasn't my Dad's idea of fun, nor was dressing my Cabbage Patch Kids...My childhood was spent at Victoria Park (Home to Collingwood Football Club) or beside a cricket field...Every Saturday mum would pack us lunch, and decked out in black and white, we would drive to Victoria Park for the Footy...Hot jam doughnuts for half time and when there was a win, we got a player's badge for our duffle coats (now that was a fabulous 80's look)...
Footy was our thing - Dad, Leo (little Bro) and me...So as you imagine when I married a Brit, who decided to go against the family tradition and support another club, it didn't go down too well...Then when Grandson Number 1 stepped onto the scene in 2001, the battle of the footy code was on..."Who will this young lad support?  'The 'Pies' or 'the Lions'?" 2001 was also the year of the Collingwood v Brisbane Grand Final.  Disappointed by the loss and with a smug Brit rubbing it in, as promised, Dad brought this young man a jersey with the Lion on it and proudly took him to many Brissy games... PS No sandwiches for this young lad, he was fed HOT meat pies from a very young age. By the wa,y Grandchildren No's 2 & 3 wear the Black and White to honor their fabulous Grandfather who sadly they never meet!

HOT MEAT PIES....

Step 1. Cut and Roll Dough

Step 2- place large dough circle into greased Muffin tin

Step 3- Add mince mixture and lid

Step Four : Using a pastry brush- brush on some egg and sprinkle on sesame seeds ****REPEAT****

Step 5: Bake for 30 minutes in a Preheated oven at 400F...

Step 6: Leave to cool for a moment- add sauce and now you have an Aussie Meat PIE...Although the ones from the TUCK SHOP in NYC are less hassle and fabulous!

Pantry Must Haves for the Meat Filling xo

500g of Mince meat
salt
Pepper
Worcestershire Sauce (to taste)
4 tablespoons Tomato Puree
1 tablespoon of Tomato sauce 
1 tablespoon of HP Sauce (brown Sauce) 
3-5 tablespoons of Warm water or beef stock
1 tablespoon of Oil
3 cloves of Garlic
1 Onions (finely chopped)
Herbs if you like (I use Rosemary or a bay leaf)
1 tablespoon cornstarch to thicken.



To make the meat filling: 
  • Brown the onion, garlic, and herbs in a little oil.
  • Add meat and stir
  • Add Tomato Puree, tomato sauce, HP, Worcestershire sauce, (How much? Personal taste -above is a guideline). Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add few tablespoons of warm water (one at a time) and stir in the cornstarch...(it should be stew consistency) and taste, often..."I like a kick to mine so I add more Worcestershire sauce."
  • Add Salt and pepper for taste and simmer on a low heat for an hour 
  • Continue to stir, adding more stock/water if it gets to dry!
  • While simmering, make your pastry...
Pastry (you can cheat and buy shortcrust store pastry) 
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 200g Butter (room temp)
  • 220g Sieved plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3-5 tablespoons of warm water (add one TBLS at a time)
  • Sesame seeds
  • A Greased muffin tin
  • 2 circle cutters (Pie Base and lid)
Directions for Pastry
  • Make Pastry 30 minutes before cooking
  • I make my dough in a Kitchen Aide, with the dough attachment...
  • Add flour, salt and butter cubes  bowl.  
  • Mix on a low speed 
  • Then add water, one tablespoon at time. 
  • At a medium speed, mix until the pastry comes together. 
  • Form pastry into a ball
  • Dust on a little extra flour and then wrap in Cling wrap
  • Place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes
  • Remove dough from fridge for 10 minutes
  • On a floured board roll out dough thinly.
  • Using a circle cutter- Cut the base (large cutter) and the lid (smaller cutter)..
  • Follow the photos to your RIGHT
  • Using a pastry brush- brush on some egg and sprinkle on sesame seeds ****REPEAT****

Dessert: Iced VOVO's