World Doll Day

9 Jun 2007

Today is World Doll Day, a day to give a doll to someone you love. Tomorrow I'll announce the winner of my doll give away.
I am an unashamed doll lover though I don't have a vast collection. I have three dolls from my childhood plus my old Barbies. Actually I only have one Barbie plus Twiggy, Sindy, Skipper, Patch and Tuppence. Sindy, Patch and Tuppence are all English Barbie and Skipper type dolls.

Apart from those I have 4 cloth dolls , two were gifts and the other two I made. Kate of course has too many but when your mother is a doll maker it can't be helped. Most of the dolls I have made over the years have been given away or sold. I'm happy to just make them and have them move onto a new home, hopefully they give people joy.

Today I have baked bread - all eaten; made 20 pasties - all eaten; made chocolate ice cream - almost all eaten. That's the thing with cooking, when it's a success it just disappears, when it's a failure it hangs around for ever.

Here's the recipe for Tasmanian Pasties
( a cousin of Cornish Pasties)

850g puff pastry
( I buy the ready made. I'm happy to make short crust pastry but my puff pastry is yuck.)
500g minced beef
1 medium potato
1 medium carrot
1 medium onion
a piece of swede
( I don't like the taste of swede so I use a piece about half the size of the potato)
1 egg
salt and pepper

Dice the vegetables to uniform size, about 1cm cubed
Mix vegies with the egg, then mix in the mince. The mince is best mixed in with your hand.
As soon as my hands get all icky the end of my nose starts to itch. This happens every time.
If using ready rolled pastry cut the large squares into 10cm squares, otherwise, if you are rolling the pastry yourself you can cut circles instead.
Put a small handful of the meat mixture in the centre of the pastry square or circle.
Paint the edge of the pastry with water or milk or egg and seal the pastry parcel - see the photo for the general idea. I just fold in half and then turn the corners in.
Place on the baking tray.
Before baking make a small slit in the top of each case and then paint with milk or milk and egg wash
Bake in 220c oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown and smelling delicious.

This makes about 20 pasties and can be eaten in approximately 15 minutes by a family of 5 that includes two healthy teenage boys.

3 Responses to “World Doll Day”

  1. They look good. I'm having a real cooking slump at the moment, maybe some pastries and pasties will help to get me over this lull in creativity. thanks.

    cheers Lenny

  2. I like looking at all your doll photos. They all seem to have individual looks and characters. Have you kept a record of how many you've made over the years?

    You know how I agree with you about the cooking - almost a full time job with teenagers!

  3. I love the Tasmanian pastie recipe, the DH is a pie man, so I'll have a go at these. My flaky/puff pastry is rubbish too.

    PS. I thought we had big appetites, but I don't think anyone could compare to a hungry teenage boy!


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