When I started this blog the first picture I used was that of me and 4 mini pies I had made. Creations from la cuineta will soon undertake some changes with a house move planned so the time seemed right to bring out a pie once more!
I don’t want to jinx the move and we don’t have the keys yet but if all goes to plan, I will still be cooking from a small kitchen but a better designed one! Also for that reason, you will see a picture of the very small oven which can lay claim to many of the recipes on here (it’s time it got some credit!). Apologies for it’s dirty state but as I’m hoping to get a brand new oven, I’m feeling quite lazy to clean it!
The recipe I found was able to utilise the artichokes that I had in my veg box delivery:
I started with the arduous task of extracting the hearts of the artichokes. This is really not a favourite task of mine but I think I’m improving at it…
I still used this video here to help me:
I was also able to utilise one of the giant onions I got in my veg box meaning we now have a little bit more space in the fridge!!!
Once I’d got the hearts of the artichokes out, I put them in a bowl of water with lemon juice to keep them from oxidating while I chopped the onions, the chicken and could prepare the wine and the chicken stock.
I melted the butter and added the onions and garlic and gently fried for a couple of minutes before adding the chopped artichokes, orange zest and wine. Once the wine had evaporated slightly I sprinkled over the flour and then gently added the chicken stock to make the sauce.
I actually found the sauce to be quite thick before before putting a lid on it and cooking for the proposed 10-15 mins, so I reduced this time slightly and then added the cream for the final few minutes on the hob. See what you think, when you have it all mixed together.
Once the sauce was done, I moved on to the constructing of the pie. I had cheated a little and bought ready made puff pastry but after the artichokes, this was a welcome respite 🙂 They make so much mess for what you get out of them and I guess there is some significance of whenever I mention using artichokes to most people they say they just take them from a jar.
For my left over pastry pieces I decided to write a nice message. That was easier for me than trying to make a flower and was probably more appreciated too! 🙂
The height the puff pastry got to in the little over was quite impressive!
All in all, it came out really well! I do still love pies!!! The pastry was nicely crispy and the orange zest made for a different kind of pie. We both went back for seconds so a good sign that it was a tasty dish.
I’m hoping to squeeze in another couple of blogs from my existing kitchen but we will see how the next couple of months go and the demands on my time. I have to say that designing my own kitchen is very exciting and something I will be able to spend many more hours doing!