Welcome to autumn! We had an unexpected end of summer heatwave. In fact, the hottest day of the year here was in late September! Now, though, the days are noticeably getting shorter and cooler. It's autumn and I have to admit to being a bit excited by it. I have always loved autumn, and we get some great autumn produce. We're getting loads of fresh apples, and the girls have settled into their new classes at school and preschool.
Cooler weather means that we can start enjoying all of the autumn food that we haven't eaten in awhile. Savoury pies are very popular in this house, and make a good warming dinner on a cool, dark evening. We spent a day making a whole big batch of pies together. We ate two over the next couple of days, and put the rest in the freezer to pull out later.
We started off by making several batches of pastry. I have naturally cold hands so I have an advantage at pastry making and am pretty proud of how well it turned out.
For my tips on making perfect pie pastry, click here.
Then we made several types of filling. We didn't follow any recipes, so I won't give you exact recipes here. We just made them up based on what we had and what sounded good.
The vegetarian pie that we ate first was a mushroom pie. It had big organic chestnut mushrooms in it along with some other veggies and a home-made gravy.
They were delicious, and the best part is that we still have more pies in the freezer (including a butternut squash pie and a broccoli cheese pie).