Individual Puff Pastry Pot Pies



I am sure you have all figured out by now that I am obsessed with pies of all kinds so I decided to go with a puff pastry pot pie this time!!! 
These turned out much lighter than my usual homemade crust pies. 

This recipe will make 8 large chicken pot pie ramekins

 

Ingredients for pies filling:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken picked
  • 2 cups sliced carrots (about 5 carrots)
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 3/4 cup sliced celery (about 4 stalks)
  • 1 cup cubed red potatoes (about 3 potatoes)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 garlic toes minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • Ingredients For Sauce: 
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 cups milk
  • 1 full sheet of phillo puff pastry dough (you can find this in the freezer section of Whole Foods or a specialty grocery)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (220 degrees C.) Pick your chicken ahead of time and set meat aside in bite sized chunks.
  2. In a saucepan saute potatoes and mushrooms until just tender, remove and set aside(15-20 min).
  3. In the same sauce pan, saute onion, carrot, celery, and garlic until just tender (about 15 minuets)
  4. Now combine everything, the potatoes, mushrooms with the veggies mixture and chicken. Now add your frozen peas. Stir together in a large bowl or in the sauce pan.
  5. To make the cream sauce. Melt butter in a medium pot, add the flour whisking constantly. Now add the cream and whisk until thick. Now add your milk until desired consistency. Set aside.
  6. Be sure your Phillo dough is thawed but in the refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator and use a large bisquit cutter to cut the circles for the tops of your pies. I simply measure the top of the ramekin and then use that size cutter.
  7. PLace the round  piece of layered phillo on top of the pot pie and brush generously with melted butter. Repeat on all 8 pies.
  8. Bake at 35o degrees for about 35-49  minuets. You may need to cover the pies with foil for part of the time. Just check them every 15 minuets to make sure they are not getting too brown on top.



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Meet Gerry Along with his Beautiful Food and Family. A Guest Post.

I am honored to be featuring and introducing you all to Gerry Speirs of {Foodness Gracious}today.
I stumbled across Gerry's blog and was immediately captivated by his gorgeous photos and delicious recipes. It seemed every recipe was just my style so I asked him to share a little bit about himself and a recipe with us today! Thank you Gerry!
 




Hello, My name is Gerry and I am honored and excited to be guest posting here at Boufee e Bambini today. I originally grew up in Scotland but moved to the United States twelve years ago. My reason for moving was to shorten the very long distance relationship between myself and my (now) wife, Maura, were having at that time. We met in a bar in Dublin, Ireland and the rest is history. We are blessed with two amazing children. Miranda, age six and Quinn, age two. After Quinn was born Maura and I made a decision for me to stay at home and look after him. Yes it can be very hard work but I really am the luckiest guy in the world, to be able to be with the kids everyday and watch them blossom.
 


I have a passion for food and wouldn't hesitate to try any variety. I love spicy dishes and cook everyday. I don't think food has to be difficult, as long as the ingredients are fresh, flavorful and minimal anyone can create a meal which can wow your family or friends. My best advice would be to just go for it and don't focus on what could go wrong or think about a plan B, your first plan will probably work out just fine. I kept the minimal theme going with the recipe I would like to share with you today. Its a spring green salad with apples, goat cheese, candied pecans and crispy prosciutto. I dressed it in a very light white wine vinaigrette and you could also use peaches or pears in place of the apples. The flavors were really great and the sweetness form the pecans and apples were a great contrast to the salty prosciutto and goat cheese.


 




I'm not really a person who bothers with New years resolutions but I do have some changes and goals for myself in 2012. I would like to eat healthier and lighter, this may be my most challenging as I do like my food! A few circumstances in 2011 made me realize just how short life can be so I would love to be there for others who are more in need of help than myself. I would like to finalise the plans to sell my homemade caramels. Many hours of research and taste testing has went into this project and it's almost ready to go so watch this space! I think that's enough resolutions, If I can be successful with three I'll be amazed.

Here is the recipe for the salad:
2 large handfuls of salad greens, 1/2 an apple sliced very thinly, 1/4 cup of candied pecans, 2 Tbsp of crispy prosciutto, goat cheese to crumble, salt and pepper.
Dressing:
4 Tbsp of white wine vinegar, 4 Tbsp olive oil, splash of fresh lemon juice, pepper.
Mix the dressing until well incorporated, add the salad ingredients to a bowl and drizzle a very light amount of dressing on top, toss and serve at once.
 





It's been a pleasure guest posting today, thank you Hanna for having me at Boufee e Bambini.

 
Gerry
 
Come and check out some foodie fun at http://foodnessgracious.blogspot.com
 
 
Again, Thank you Gerry.
Do yourself a favor and go visit Gerry at {Foodness Gracious}. I assure you, you will not be disappointed!
 
 
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Valentine's Day Pretty in Pink Pinwheels

Vaelntine's Day is right around the corner so I thought wemight as well start the inspiration now!!!!
I have becomne obsessed with making pinwheels so this was just another perfect excuse to execute a fabulous, STUNNING cookie! Your sweetheart will adore you!!!
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

(This recipe will yield about 18-24 cookies depending on the width cut)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring.( I highly recommend the gel variety. You can buy it at any craft store. It is much brighter and you can use less)
  • 1 tabklespoon pink food coloring (gel)
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 cup coconut milk for brushing on prior to sprinkles

Directions

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together in another large bowl. Add egg, vanilla, milk and beat until incorporated. Gradually add the dry mixture, beating until combined. Remove half of the mixture from the bowl. Add red food coloring, beating until fully combined. You may have to knead the colored dough a bit to get it mixed thoroughly. Now add the alternate color to the other half of dough, beat and knead untik combined. On a sheet of waxed paper, roll out dough to form a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Repeat this step with the other half of uncolored dough with no food coloring.
 Now very carefully, slide the red dough on top of the white dough and slide the parchment paper out. Trim edges if uneven and patch if necessary. Roll dough into a log, creating a swirl effect. Use the parchment paper as a guide to help you as you roll.  You may also use Saran Wrap. NOTE: do not worry if the dough starts to tear a little when you are rolling it. This is normal. Simply mend it with your fingers as you go along.

Now place a generous amount of sprinkes in a shallow dish, brush the cookie log with some well shaken coconut milk and roll the cookie dough log firmly over the sprinkles until they stick and its covered. Note: the coconut milk is not necessary but will make it much easier for the sprinkles to stick. I have had MUCH great luck getting a lot of sprinkles to stick using the coconut milk.  Wrap tightly with saran wrap and place the dough back in the refrigerator and let chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Slice the dough into 1/2-inch slices and place on a parchment lined sheet tray about 1-inch apart.  Bake fo2 10-15 minuets depending on how thick you sliced the cookies.


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Run.....Overcome......Conquer



There is a H*U*G*E part of my life that I have been needing to let you all in on!!!! In the middle of this  tornado I call my  life, there is a beautiful, calming place that I have been  retreating to...........
 
RUNNING......beautiful.......glorious.......RUNNING
 
About 3 months ago I started to dabble with a couple miles here and there. Because I had been power walking about 5 miles a day for a year, I was in pretty good shape to start out so I could run 2 miles straight away.
 
One of my life long goals has always been to run a marathon and I'm sure I've told you that before but I think it is becoming a reality.
 
I am now running 25-30 miles a week and 10 miles on my long runs!!! YES!!!!!
 
I AM BEAMING with Pride and excitement!!!
 

At first it was painful to run, my lungs hurt and all I could think about was quitting, now I feel like I am on cloud nine and would run 100 miles if I could!!!!!

When I run I feel:

Empowered,

Strong,

Free,

Powerful,

Like a Warrior,

Like I can do anything I set my mind to



When I look out across the fields and see huge snow capped mountains and nothing but freedom in front of me my insides light up, I get goose bumps, I feel like I could conquer the world.

 

As you all know my life has taken a bit of a rough turn lately. You can read about it {HERE}

But when I run I leave all my problems at the doorstep!!!!!

Honestly, I don't know exactly what happens to me but I work it all out in my head and by the time I get back, I feel like a new woman!!!!!

Right now being in such a fragile state of emotional being, running makes me feel strong and accomplished. It gives me hope. It brightens my day.

I LOVE IT!!!!!

Over the next few weeks or after my first 1/2 marathon I will give you specific tips on how to run without hurting yourself, what to eat, and how to train but I feel like I should at least get through my first big race first.

Up until now I have only run one 5 K.


Sunday March 4th I will be running the Rock n' Roll  half Marathon in New Orleans!!!!

I am EXPLODING inside with excitement!!!! My husband and I hardly ever get to go back. We have family members who have never met our children and tons of wonderful friends who we haven't seen in years so it's the PREFECT place for me to run my first big race. 

I have only love in my heart!!


I have also discovered that once a runner.....always a runner. There is something about the feeling you get once you hit your stride that is like ecstasy and nothing else can compare to that runners high.
It is amazing!!!! I am so grateful to have had the will power to have lost all that weight so I can now enjoy this wonderful lifestyle of a runner because honestly it is saving my life right now!!! For those of you who are new here, I lost 110 pounds last year. You can read about that journey {HERE}





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Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing Interview with Jane Caske

 I have started a little interview process called  "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing."

I'm doing this because I love to get to know the "real" people behind their blogs. I think so many of us are afraid to tell the truth whatever it may be. We want others to like us. We want others to read our blog. We don't want to scare anyone away.

                                                                   Me included!! 


You can read my itnterview anytime {HERE}
 
For the first year I never really shared a lot of personal information because I didn't think people wanted to hear it.I posted my recipes and a few cute pics of the kids and that's it. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, people still want all the fabulous recipes and cute photos but they want to know me. I have gotten the biggest responses from my "on my heart" posts. People want to know you, what makes you you, the person you are. They want to know how you live your life. They don't want a bunch of  nonsense about how fancy your car is and perfect your life is. I think we all want to be able to relate to each other and NONE of us are perfect!!!

  Today's Interview: Jane Caske





 
What's your greatest Weakness?


I'm very Type A.  Which means that my greatest weakness is worrying about perfection.  I worry all the time.  I worry about huge things (the environment, jobs, money...), medium things (did I play with my child enough today, was I nice enough to people, do they like me...) and little things (is my house clean enough, is that a cute outfit...).  I usually like to worry at night, like when I'm supposed to be sleeping. 
 
What's your greatest strength?
 When I love someone, I love them with all of me.  I will go to the ends of the earth for you.
What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?
 I would say that being so type A has been my achiles heal.  Type A is a need to be not only be perfect (perfect student, artist, daughter, girlfriend...) but in my case make everyone happy around me, at all costs.  It led me to strugging with an eating disorder through my teens and twenties which eventually had me hospitalised and put my fertility in jeopardy.  Everything came to a head in my late twenties when I was living in my abusive, first marriage.  I had a miscarriage and the night I was in the hospital decided that enough was enough and I would now be in control of my life.  I moved back to Canada, got counselling for the eating disorder, got a divorce and decided who I wanted to be.  I was even able to whether my own parent's divorce without a relapse.

What has elated you with joy in your lifetime?
 Once I liked myself, I found my husband.  My other half.  Since we were told we couldn't have children, we made peace with it and built a happy life.  Almost 10 years later we got the surprise of our lives by being told we were expecting.  Just  four weeks shy of my 40th. birthday I gave birth to the light of my life.  My little girl.  Two years on the sun rises and sets on her :-)


Have much have you evolved since your teenage years? Are you a similar person?
 I think that I have the same core values I had as a teenager but I have learned to make my family and myself happy before others.

What's something you don't want to tell us about?
 Gack!  I'm pretty open.  I guess it would have to be my credit card balance.  It is high, like really high but I've got a handle on it now and am edging it down.


When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?
 Well, as my credit card balance will attest, I used to go shopping.  Now when I am really upset I tend to write, a lot.


Do you have any goals? What are they?
 I would really like to continue to grow my blog.  I never thought that would be so much fun.  I want to be totally debt free within the next year.  I want to become better at 'letting go'.  I'm Irish, Scottish and Mohawk-my people know how to hold a grudge.


Can you honestly say you love what you do?
 I honestly do.  I'm a grade eight, English teacher and LOVE my job. There is certainly never a second to be bored. 


Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far?
My daughter has completely changed my life.  I know it is trite but I never realised my capacity to love until she came along.


Honestly, we are all striving for something, what is your greatest goal in life? I'm not talking about money!
My greatest goal is raising a happy, healthy, strong woman.  Whatever she does is fine with me as long as she is herself and happy.
Name your most defining moment!!!
I would have to say it was that night in the hospital after my miscarriage.



Are there people in your past that you wish you could make amends with?
 I wish that I could have a better relationship with my sister.  We love each other but we don't like each other right now.  We're sharing care of my Mother who has Alzheimer's and it is not easy.  We speak right now only when we have to.


What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?
 I remember being just about ready to walk down the aisle of my first wedding.  The feel of the dress, the candles, my Dad's arm and...the little voice in my head saying "don't go through with this".  I did and I really shouldn't have but there isn't much room in life for regret.  I'm so happy in the place I am now that I wouldn't change the path I took to get there.
But boy!  When that little voice talks now I really listen.


What movie and or book speaks to you? 
 I read like a fiend and have since I was four.  I'll read anything but have a softspot in my heart for sci-fi and mysteries.  I can't really narrow it down more since even with my (almost) two year old I still read 3-4 books a week.  I LOVE a whole bunch of movies. They usually show-up on my blog as inspiration for food.  Right now I'm working on an idea for a "Gosford Park" inspired party.


What is your greatest wish right here and now? 
My greatest wish is to (anyone else have "Miss Congeniality" in their heads saying 'World Peace'?) raise a good human being.




 
Jane had become a lovely friend of mine over the past few months and I would like to thank her so much for sharing her truth with is today!!!! 
Jane cooks and shares some amazing recipes over on her blog. Please hop on over and say hi. 
Find her blog {HERE} 

You May read the entire series of "Brutal Truth" Interviews {HERE}
 
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Just a tiny bit of inspiraion

 Here are a few words of inspiration that I have found quiet comforting the past few days!!!!! I hope you do to. 
 
I would also like to direct you to my friend Ashley's {BLOG}. As far as I am concerned she is an expert in inspiration and sometimes you just really need some!!!!!!
I read her blog post the other day and she had a quote there really struck deep with me,
 
"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. 
Just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery. 
And I promise you, something great will come of it."
 
You can see her whole blog post here. I just loved it so I thought I'd share. Love ya Ash!!!
 
Here's some other quotes that speak to me
 









All quotes {via}
 
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The Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing Interview with Christy

I have started a little interview process called  "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing."
I'm doing this because I love to get to know the "real" people behind their blogs. I think so many of us are afraid to tell the truth whatever it may be. We want others to like us. We want others to read our blog. We don't want to scare anyone away.

                                                                   Me included!! 


You can read my itnterview anytime {HERE}
 
For the first year I never really shared a lot of personal information because I didn't think people wanted to hear it.I posted my recipes and a few cute pics of the kids and that's it. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, people still want all the fabulous recipes and cute photos but they want to know me. I have gotten the biggest responses from my "on my heart" posts. People want to know you, what makes you you, the person you are. They want to know how you live your life. They don't want a bunch of  nonsense about how fancy your car is and perfect your life is. I think we all want to be able to relate to each other and NONE of us are perfect!!!

  Today's Interview: Christy Lee



What's your greatest Weakness?
I am incredibly impulsive. When I get a thought or a desire in my head I just run with it. Many times not thinking it all the way through. Luckily this doesn't apply to anything that would be considered life changing but it is a hindrance for me.






What's your greatest strength?

 A positive attitude. Things don't generally get me down and if 

they do I move on quickly. I see the good in people and in the 

world. I am a happy person.

What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?
Hmmm. My greatest blessing would be being adopted but it has left me with some intense abandonment issues. Those have been crippling for me. It has taken me a lot of time to realize where they steamed from and learn to cope with them. 




What has elated you with joy in your lifetime? 



Watching my children experience joy. Nothing makes my heart warmer then seeing their soft happy faces. Witnessing them discover something for the first time or seeing their eyes when they accomplish something on their own. It brings me more joy then words.

 Have much have you evolved since your teenage years? Are you a similar person? 


 I would say I am no where near the same person. I still have the same heart but I have grown so much. My goals and desires have completely changed as well as the things that I hold sacred to me.


What's something you don't want to tell us about? 


I have extreme anxiety. I take medication daily for it. I don't think people should be ashamed when they need help like that. A lot of people think you should just "deal" with things on your own and sometimes that just isn't enough. It is not something I can control or something that I am ashamed of. It simply is what it is.

 When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?
To my husband. I tell him everything. He knows me better than 

anyone. My entire world can change and be better just by talking 

to him or being in his arms.






 



Do you have any goals? What are they?
 

First to raise confident and moral children. To have a strong 

family unit and marriage. One small goal or dream of mine would 

be to go to culinary school once my kids are all in school 

themselves.


Can you honestly say you love what you do?

I do! I am a mother and it is what I always knew was my purpose in this life. Nothing is better then being home with my children everyday and soaking in each moment with them.


  Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far? 

So many. First would be Jesus, he lived and died for me. He has blessed me with everything I have and enjoy in my life. Second my dad. He is the best man I know. He has loved me through so many challenges and has taught me so much. Really, I would not be where I am in life if it was not for him. He has taught me and been such a great example of unconditional love to me. Of course my husband is one. He has helped me create the life that we both have now with our family. He honestly is my best friend in the world. I could not live or breathe with out him. 


Honestly, we are all striving for something, what is your greatest goal in life? 


To live my life as my beliefs teach me. To treat others the way 

I would like to be treated. To have people know that my word

means something. To have a forgiving heart. I want to always 

strive to make myself a better person. 



What has been your most defining moment?
 The births of  my children. Feeling their spirits and knowing 

them instantly when I see them. Each time it has changed me and 

made me a softer, sweeter and more gentle person. I realized 

when I became a mother what was needed of me to raise these 

children. I strive for that and it has defined me and changed me 

as a person.


Are there people in your past that you wish you could make amends with? 

 Honestly? No
 What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?
When I was young I walked across a freshly paved road. So fresh that the trucks were still rolling away. To this day when I smell tar it makes my stomach turn.

 What movie and or book speaks to you? 
 I like books that when you begin reading them you can't put 

them down. I loved The Twilight Series, The Hunger Games, The 

Host, books like that.


What is your greatest wish right here and now? 


To be able to continue to do the things I love. To stay home 

with my children and raise them. To have my blog and have 

success with it by reaching other women and learning through 

each other. Sharing our joy, our struggles and our mommy 

moments.

A H*U*G*E thank you to Christy for opening up and sharing her truth with us today!!!! Christy and I met in the blogosphere a month or so ago and have become fast friends. We have so much in common and she is truly a beautiful person.
Her family is gorgeous and she is so down to earth and relate able. I just love her and I know you will too. Please hop on her to her blog and say hi.

You May read the entire series of "Brutal Truth" Interviews {HERE}

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