Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Musings

I know I said that I would focus on smaller or mini quilts for the next little while but yesterday, these two jelly rolls finally got the better of me.  I gave into temptation and started a full-sized postage stamp quilt.


Way back in March, I saw this post on Carol’s blog and ever since then, the quilting gremlins have been gnawing at my inner conscience, insisting that I make one too.

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I couldn’t hold off any longer and yesterday, I pieced together sixteen strip sets, using every strip in both jelly rolls.  The two I used were “Summer’s End” by Kansas Troubles and “Primitive Muslin” by Primitive Gatherings.  Both compliment each other really well.

Tonight I’ll begin the sub-cutting which will probably take me forever…never mind the piecing!


To digress a little, not too long after I graduated from university, I took my first of many trips to Britain.  That was back in the Dark Ages when you could do Europe and the British Isles on $5 a day.  Remember that book?  It was my travel bible.

Having just graduated and not having too much money, I stayed at B & B’s and ate lunch in the local pubs.  It was then that I had my first taste of Cornish pasties and I can assure you, it was not my last.  I can taste the pub pasties now, washed down with a half lager.  Mmmmmmm.

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The photo below shows how individual pasties are usually served.  I took the liberty of ‘borrowing’ this photo from the internet.

Cornish Pasty

I used to make individual pasties but they took forever.   All the rolling and cutting of the pastry made it an all day affair.  One day I got the idea to make an entire pie rather than individual ones.

I haven’t made pastie pie in a long time and when Mr. Painted Quilt asked me to make one for dinner tonight, I thought I’d share the recipe with you.  It is ever so easy to make and I promise you that once you give it a taste, it’ll become a favorite in your household too.

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First, I gathered all the ingredients.


While the ground beef was browning…


I chopped the onions,




and carrots.


The ground beef was then drained.


Next, the carrots, onions and potatoes were sautéed in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil…just until the onions became translucent.


I then placed everything…including the remaining ingredients…into a large bowl…


and stirred until combined.


I then spooned the filling into two uncooked pie shells…


and covered each with the top crust.


I made two pies and froze one before cooking.  These are great to have on hand just in case friends drop over unexpectedly and you need something quick and easy for lunch or dinner. 


An hour later and it was done!   Tonight’s dinner will be Cornish pastie pie with a side salad.  Mmmmm, mmmmm good!


Here’s the recipe.  Easy-peasy and oh so yummy!

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Cornish Pastie Pie  (makes one pie)

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and diced

2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tin cream of mushroom soup

1 tsp ground sage

salt and pepper to taste

2 unbaked pie crusts

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Brown the ground beef in a skillet.  While the beef is cooking, prepare the carrots, onions and potatoes.  When cooked, drain the ground beef.

Sauté the vegetables in the olive oil for about five minutes or until the onions become translucent. 

Transfer  everything including all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spoon the mixture into an unbaked pie crust then top with the second pie crust.  Prick some holes into the top crust with a fork to allow the steam to escape.  Bake at 350 F for one hour or until the pie crust is a golden brown.

Note: If you’d like to make two pies at the same time as I did, just double the ingredients.  Also, if you’d like to add more veggies, go right ahead.  I usually add more carrots and potatoes just because we both like them.  Some pasties that I’ve tasted had peas in them as well but I find that they tend to get a little mushy and prefer not to add them.

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I’m off to make the salad now and dinner will be good to go.   Then it’s back to the studio to begin the sub-cutting of all the strips.  

I’m tired just thinking of it!



Anonymous said...

Now that is interesting..I wanted to make a Cornish Pastie, just the other day..thanks for sharing!

Joan said...

Thank you for sharing. I'm always anxious to try a new recipe. It looks delicious.

Darlene said...

Oh, thank you for sharing your recipe for pasties, Kaaren. I've been wanting to make pasties for ages and I love the idea of a pie. There's a place about 25 miles away that specializes in pasties and I've been wanting to give them a try.

I'm excited to see your postage stamp quilt - love the colors.

KaHolly said...

First of all, your postage stamp quilt is going to be exquisite! I can already tell. I took a look at Carol's, and can see why you fell in love with it. Secondly, that pastie pie looks absolutely delicious, and I appreciate the 'tutorial' because I am not a very good cook! You can bet I am going to bookmark this post for future reference on making that pie! Thanks! ~karen

Anonymous said...

Wow, great recipe. I love one dish meals. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Yummmm,a pastie and a pint was a regular fave of mine along with a crusty bread and cheese board (plus pickled onions) during my slightly mispent youth in England. I think the secret of the pastie was always a great pastry.
I'm looking forward to seeing your postage stamp quilt grow,
hugs Miche'le xx

Abby and Stephanie said...

YUM! I know what I'll be making very soon. Thank you. Your jelly rolls looks rather yummy too.

Heartsdesire said...

Thanks for the wonderful Cornish Pastie recipe. My husband will absolutely love it (as will I).
Your postage stamp quilt will be lovely and well worth the work. Such a simple design, but very vintage looking. Can't wait to see it when you start piecing it together.

WoolenSails said...

That looks delicious, I love pot pies, especially in the winter.


Rhonda said...

The pie looks good, and I hope you enjoy your quilt! :)

Diane said...

We're having some warm weather now-it's 60 out! so I will try this recipe in a week or so when it turns cold again. thanks for sharing, can't wait to see your postage stamp quilt

GerryART said...

You're the energetic one, Kaaren.

Your quilt project sounds like a major, major undertaking. I'll sit on the side lines and just watch in awe.

Your recipe make ME WANT TO COOK ! !

Me, the gal whose stove is used to display my tea pots.

Your Pastie looks inviting. I would have to exchange the ground beef for . . . hmmm, chicken, perhaps, or, just maybe just all veggies. None the less sounds like a dee-lish meal to serve up on the coming wintery days.


Heather said...

Kinda reminds me of the Shepard's Pie that I just put in the oven for dinner. I'll have to try your Cornish Pastie pie soon - my husband would love it. We used to live in England and a glass of hard cider sounds right to go with this pup meal!

Rita said...

Kaaren, Your pie sounds wonderful. I think it's something my husband would really enjoy. Can't wait to see your's going to be beautiful.

Candace said...

Don't you just hate those quilting gremlins? They are so pesky sometimes! I had to laugh because I have both those jelly rolls - what a great way to use them! Oh - and I DO remember the days you could do Britain on $5! Where oh where have they gone! Can't wait to try your recipe!

Pink Diary said...

thanks for sharing this, good recipe.

Corrine said...

Your post reminds me that great minds do think alike. I was just sorting through some jelly-rolls the other day wondering what to do with them. Now I know, after the holidays though. Now for the pie, your recipe looks wonderful. When I use pre-made crusts, which is most of the time these days, I take a rolling pin and press in some herbs. I have used dried parsley, basil and finely chopped rosemary. It adds another layer of flavor. We are supposed to cool down by the weekend, now I know what will be for dinner Friday night. Thank you.

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Thanks for the recipe, Kaaren, it looks delicious!

Carol said...

Your Cornish Pastie Pie looks yummy. Good idea to make two and freeze one. I'm happy I inspired you to make a Postage Stamp quilt. I had fun making mine and I just put it on my bed now that we finally have some cooler weather.

Elisa (AKA scrapcat) said...

Can't wait to see the postage stamp quilt - I had saved the pattern too. I have Kate Spain's Central Park and Bella White for mine. Have fun!

Kathryn said...

We must be about the same age. I traveled in England and Europe with my $5 a day book between my junior and senior year in college (1972). We often found rooms above local bars and with nice old ladies. What a GREAT time we had. Cornish pasties are very common here in eastern PA. In the 'slate belt' region just north of where I live, there were a lot of Welsh and Cornish immigrants who came to work the slate quarries. We can find "Mr. Pasties" in our local grocery stores. However, I still may try your homemade version. Anything with potatoes in a pie crust has got to be good. Thanks, and good luck with the postage stamp quilt. Kathie L in Allentown

Elzaan said...

That sounds delicious! Will try it out very soon.
I have been meaning to try a Postage Stamp quilt as well. Maybe next year though...Looking forward to seeing yours.

Shari said...

This sounds really good! Perfect for a winter's night.

Bunny said...

Looks great Kaaren must try your recipe.

Kathy MacKie said...

Yummy in the tummy Karen!

Siobhán said...

I'm not a fan of beef but I know my husband would love that recipe! I can't wait to see your postage stamp quilts--both of those lines are fantastic.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

That recipe looks delicious! Can't wait to try it out!

Look forward to seeing your postage stamp it will be stunning!

Stina Blomgren said...

Hello again.. have been such a pleasure reading your last posts.. cooking and sewing and gifts recived.. all of it have made me smile... Feels so good imagine you over there busy and smiling again.. It sure have made my day..
Take care over there.. and big hugs!!! :O)

DebbieM said...

Yummy, Kaaren. Thank you for the recipe. I'll have to try this one. Looks delicious.

Frankie said...

I so love your blog!!!

Elyte said...

Love your choice of quilt and dinner, yes please to both!

Carrie P. said...

You have been busy. Great way to use your jelly rolls.
Yummy looking pies.

Needled Mom said...

Those sound wonderful too!!!

It looks like you are set for a long winter of sewing with all of those pieces! It will be gorgeous.

Betsy said...

This looks wonderful and smells great too!! My pie is in the oven and will be done in 7 min. Can't wait for dinner!! Thanks for sharing.... :)

Terry said...

I want to make a postage stamp quilt too, but I haven't given in to the urge just yet! LOL

whistlebet57 said...

Thank you for sharing the pastie recipe. I have made them for most of my life, My dad it Finnish and this is one meal we always enjoyed. thanks, Elizabeth

barcord said...

Great idea Kaaren. I must try that, my DH would love it.

Sandy said...

Thanks for the recipe, Kaaren. It sounds marvelous and I will be trying it soon.

Merilyn said...

I just took a peek at the link to Carol's blog, and I can certainly see why you could not resist making the postage stamp quilt!!! It is fabulous!!! I love the fabrics you have chosen too! Thankyou for the Cornish Pastie receipe, it is a lot easier than I though it would be!!! As you can see I am soooo behind on catching up on my blog reading LOL!!! been a busy girl......

Miss Butterfly said...

Thank you for sharing this great recipe !!!!
I cooked it last night ...For the pastry I wasn't sure so I made a short cut pastry and used a Porcini mushroom soup (as I cannot find campbell's in France) and it's was delicious !!!! Everybody loved it !

Eva said...

Thanks for the great recipe, can't wait to try it. My hubby is a meat and potato man so he will love it. Enjoy yourselves at the retreat and happy quilting/stitching.


Karin på Ösäter said...

A good recipe never get old :-))
Today I will have my dear friend for lunch and I will treat her with your pei, it´s in the owen and fingers crossed I will make a success.


Karin på Ösäter