You’d think I would remember this. But no. The last time I cooked this fantastically tasty recipe was back in 2003 when I wrote about it in my cooking column in the Waikato Times.
Which is a bit ironic, because the subject was about memory being a funny old thing. ‘There are many things I’ve forgotten,’ I wrote, ‘But I have an almost flawless memory for food.’
When trying to remember an event years afterwards, I can almost always place it by what we were eating at the time. You tend to remember things you are interested in and there are so many memorable aspects to food.
So you think I’d remember to make this more often.
I can’t remember where I found the recipe now – possibly from a friend. I do remember the first time I made it. It was high Summer; the cicadas were chirping and the lawn needed mowing. I made the pie and realised that the pastry was the wrong kind, it was sweet. My recollection is that the Man of the House had got the wrong packet at the supermarket – he insisted he would have been milking the cows.
I’m sure it was his fault. The good news is that New Scientist reported that you shouldn’t feel bad if you have a bad memory. It means you’re a multi-tasking, highly effective and competent individual saving your neurons for other, more important things.
I’ll go with that. One last thing – don’t forget to drink the cider!
This is a really tasty treat for all times – scale down the ingredient size if desired but we enjoy it warmed up the next day with a nice spot of chutney.
1 large onion
3 cloves garlic
½ tsp cumin
1 tbsp fresh oregano
2 tbsp parsley
1 tbsp fresh tarragon
3 tbsp capers
2 eggs, beaten
1 pkt puff pastry (about 200g)
Salt, black pepper
1 glass cider
Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Chop onion and mushrooms as fine as you can.
- Wash and chop silverbeet into small bits. Place in a large bowl, with onions and mushrooms. Add chopped garlic, herbs and capers. Season with salt and pepper. Mix together thoroughly – hands are useful. Add the egg, keeping a small amount back to glaze the pastry.
- On a baking tray, shape the mixture into an oval.
- Place in a dish with sides and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool. Retain any juice to make a super easy gravy later. Turn oven up to 200°C.
- On a floured surface, roll out the pastry into a large oblong. Place the pie mixture on the centre of the pastry. Wet the edges and wrap tightly around the meat, trimming any overlap.
- Brush with egg, make incisions in the pastry and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp.
Before serving, heat pan juices in a small pot, adding the cider to make gravy.
Serve with a simple salad and mashed spud.
First published February 15 2017