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Lunch Box Idea - Pork and Vegetable Pasties

Hello and Welcome to The Cooking Wardrobe.  I can't believe its already week three of 2015. Soon the kids will be heading back to school and we start thinking of what to put in the lunch box.  Well Eight can be a little bit fussy about his lunch sometimes, he doesn't like being given the same thing two days in a row.  I totally take all the blame for that because since he started school I have tried to make his lunch box interesting so he doesn't bring it back home, although he eats anything anyway.

Today in cooking I will show you how I do the pork and vegetable pasties which he loves.  You should see the way his eyes pop whenever I bake them. The ingredients I used are:
1kg pork mince, 1 large brown onion chopped, 1 large carrot cubed, 2 medium sized potatoes cubed, 1 medium sized green capsicum chopped, 4 cloves garlic chopped, 1 chili chopped, 1 each cup frozen peas and corn, 2 tbs oil, 1 tbs stock powder, 1 tbs white pepper, 11/2 pkts frozen short crust pastry. 1 egg and 2 tbs milk for egg wash to seal the pastry and also to brush before baking.
To cook the filling, in a saute pan over high heat, add the oil and fry onions, garlic, chili and carrots till the onions are just translucent 
Add the mince and cook for three minutes, breaking the mince so it doesn't stick together when cooked
Now add the capsicum, stock powder, white pepper and potatoes and let it cook for five minutes or till all the juice from the pork is completely dried up. This  is very important otherwise when you fill the pastry with the meat it becomes all soft and soggy.
Now stir through peas and corn and cook for two minutes.  Remove from heat and let it cool down for five minutes
On a chopping board, cut the pastry into four squares
Add the filling, I did 11/2 tbs per square.
Brush corners with egg wash
Fold the corners in to seal. 
Line up in a baking tray covered with baking paper and repeat till you've used up all the filling.
Brush with the remaining egg wash
Bake in preheated oven at 180C fan forced for fifteen minutes or till golden brown.
There you have it.  Easy and Yummy!!!
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  1. My step mother cooks a similar dish and I love it! You're such a brilliant cook Emmy!!!
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

  2. Whoo my grandma use to make something like these.Yours look great, yummy :)

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..


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