and frollicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee..."
Peter, Paul and Mary 1962
|Marie-Laure's delightful watermill near Chateau Engalin.|
But back to the logistics of catering for hearty appetites in such a fluid and unpredictable environment. Maybe we are obsessed with food but really it just takes a little forethought and preparation and you can have most eventualities covered admirably. A couple of hours invested at the beginning of the break is guaranteed to remove a lot of stress. All you need is a little secret armoury of weapons on standby and guests and fellow house mates will be very impressed. Key to this armoury we found were our curry puff dragons. They are essentially a Malaysian dish and talk about a versatile hunger weapon! They were very useful to augment the fresh fruits and salads on offer at lunch time delicious as a nibble with cocktails or as a casual starter before dinner. They can be made with minced chicken but we found wonderful 'steak hache' specially minced for us at the local butcher. We had fun making them up and then held them in the fridge and deep fried them as and when required.
Half kilo lean minced beef
4 Medium sized potatoes peeled and finely diced
3 Onions diced
3 Tbsp Curry Powder
1 Tbsp Chilli Powder
1 Tbsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp Light soy sauce
1 Tbsp Sugar
Green peas, French beans and/or Carrots
2 Tbsps Vegetable Oil
1 Cup water
Seasoning to taste
3 Cups Flour
1 Tbsp Baking Soda
3 Tbsp Margarine at room temperature
Heat oil and fry onion until translucent add curry, chilli and turmeric powders and cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Add the meat, potato, sugar, salt and pepper and combine well. Lower the heat and continue until you are happy the potato is cooked but still slightly al dente. Test taste and adjust seasoning. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
While the filling is cooling sieve the flower, salt and baking soda into a large bowl and rub the margarine into the mix until it resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add water and knead into a dough using the heel of your hands to smooth. Roll into a ball, cover with a damp cloth and leave in the fridge to rest for about half an hour.
Once ready to assemble, flour a cool work surface and roll out the pastry to the thickness of say a pound coin. Cut into circles using a glass rim or pastry cutter. Take a teaspoon of the filling and place in the middle of each circle then fold in two and pinch or crimp the edge making sure no air remains inside. Place on a dusted tray, cover and store in the fridge until ready to cook.
To cook heat 6 cms of vegetable oil in a deep pan or deep fat frier. Gently lower the dragons into the hot oil in batches and fry until golden (2 - 4 minutes).
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