Sunday, 16 May 2010

Cheese, Onion and Potato Pies

As summer creeps back in, my thoughts inevitably turn to picnics. As soon as we have three consecutive days of strong sunshine, out come the summer dresses and meet-ups in the parks. Picnics vary from just sunbathing on the common with a friend, to a full blown Marks and Spencer’s feast…park with ellie 001A picnic from last summer…
So as you can easily tell, I love picnics. Relaxing, laughing, tanning, eating – what’s better? But nowadays my friends and I need our money spent elsewhere, so its time to make our own picnic food. Next time, I’ll be bringing these pies.
DSCF6865 Move over sandwiches, these are so much better. A tiny bit of a faff to make, but each step is extremely simple and the recipe works so that whilst something is chilling, something else needs grating, whilst something is cooking, something else needs chopping. Always busy! The potato filling for these pies (diced potato, spring onion and a myriad of different cheeses) is delicious and, happily, the recipe makes much more than you will be able to make pies from but is just as lovely on its own as simple potato filling. But back to the pies…DSCF6876 Sturdy and savoury (always a shocker around here!) the pies are perfect picnic food. Having said that, I ate a pie for three meals over two days just at home, as the weather proves itself not quite ready for picnics. I think these are best warm – melty cheese, hot pastry – but a treat anywhere. DSCF6882 I did really like Nigella’s recipe but if I made it again would make a few minor changes – more cheese, cut the potato smaller, few more herbs – basic stuff. Otherwise, enjoy the summer picnic goodness!DSCF6872

 

8 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Yummy little pies! Perfect for a picnic!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ash said...

These pies are just perfect!! I can't wait to have the first picnic of the season!! I might just need to make these!!

Are those pomegranate seeds in a pack I see in the first pic? That is just plain awesome!! We have nothing of the sort here!

Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams said...

It's true that these tarts would be perfect for a picnic--easy to transport, mess-free and delicious.

elra said...

Lucy, this savory pastry look pretty delish!!! I think it will be perfect for Spring picnic in the park.

Faith said...

These little pies are absolutely perfect! You're right, I bet they would be a fabulous picnic food!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm also a 14 year old baker, but I'm from the U.S. I love reading about your baking endeavors and think it's even better that you're from a different country.
I,too, fill my weekends with baking and take a cake decorating class. It's so fun that someone my age does this too- even in another country!
Morgan

Dimah said...

Wow, these little pies look absolutely scrumptious!
Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comment :)

Jessica said...

Your picnics look like so much fun. What a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon. And, these pies look like they'll be perfect for your next picnic.