Grant Denyer is not really my cup of tea. I don’t have anything against him per se, more just a general mistrust of people who are always that ‘on’ (even if that’s what they’re paid to do).
So I don’t watch Family Feud. Midweek TV is rare at our place and when it is on, my kids are so immersed in Adventure Time that nothing else gets a guernsey. But I get the FF idea. Perky host with equally perky families play word games with hilarious results.
Sometimes my family seems quite perky. I’ve seen snippets of FF during ad breaks and wondered if maybe we should ring to audition. But I had a reality check last week.
Ad flash. Smiling Grant with an enthusiastic question, “Name something that gets passed around?”
Within a blink of an eye Mr VS & I were both on the buzzer.
“A JOINT” shouted MR VS.
“HERPES” shouted me.
Who knew we were such naturals at this game! I can practically smell the gameshow riches!
But it turns out we were both wrong. The correct answer?
Chicken Pox Pies
Ok, yes, they’re chicken pot pies. But pox pies, sounds more fun, don’t you think?
1 tbsp oil
600g chicken breast (or thigh), diced
1 onion, finely diced
1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped cauliflower
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp plain flour
1 cup hot chicken stock
1/2 bunch English Spinach, finely shredded
1 cup peas
125g can corn kernels, drained
125g can creamed corn
2 sheets puff pastry
1 egg, whisked, for glazing
Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Saute the chicken and until browned all over and mostly cooked through. Remove and set aside. Add the onion and saute, stirring quite often for 6-8 minutes until browning. Pop in the vegies for a couple of minutes and once softening, toss in the garlic. When fragrant, return the chicken to the pan.
Sprinkle over the flour and cook this off for a minute or so, then slowly add in the hot stock, stirring the whole time (use a wooden spoon for all this). Bring the mixture to a strong simmer, then lower the heat a bit and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked.
Add in the spinach, peas and all the corn. Combine really well.
Preheat the oven to 180C. Find a bunch of oven-proof pots (or one big pot pie is fine, too).
Divide the mixture between your pots. Line the edge of your pots with 1cm strips of pastry (this will help adhere the lids). Brush with egg, then cut circle lids and press them in place. Brush the entire top with egg and decorate however you like. I made spots with cookie cutters and the kids thought this was just a little bit awesome.
Feeds 2 adults & 2-3 kids.
Did you see my chocolate-free Easter recipe over on Mother & Baby? See the carrot bliss ball recipe here.
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