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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chicken Pie

By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

     We often hear people ask this when they find themselves in difficult situations. But in reality, we do always have choice.
     That's probably one of the best things about being alive, here and now: the freedom to choose what you want to do. Now we live in a world that offers many options. Be a doctor or a painter? Be both! Can't catch your favorite TV shows? But the DVD. Don't want to walk to where you're going? Take a train, bus, taxi, jeepney, or pedicab, take your pick! These days, it is ALL about choice.
     They say that a man is measured not by what he wants to be, but what he chooses to be; the decisions that he makes in life. This is especially true when it comes to health. Living a healthy and active lifestyle is all about making choices that fit your needs and wants. And it's not complicated either. It actually involves three key values that anyone, no matter who or where they, are can can easily do. These values are having a balanced diet, always being active and proper hydration. You can choose to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. You can live your life the way you want to, with balance and without compromises.
     If you are healthy, you can never say no to anything you are craving for in your food. I hope you are healthy enough to freely have a big bite of this chicken pie.


You will need:

5    cloves garlic
1    big onion, chopped

½   cup butter
1    kilo chicken breast, cooked and flaked (around 2 cups)
1    piece carrot, cubed and fried
1    piece red bell pepper, cubed
½   kilo potatoes, cubed and fried
2    tablespoons curry powder (optional)
1    tablespoon salt, or to taste
½   teaspoon pepper
1½ cup evaporated milk
      egg wash

      CRUST: FoolProof Pie Crust (see recipe)

Here's how:

Saute the garlic and onion in butter. Add in chicken, carrot, red pepper, potatoes and curry powder. Season with salt and pepper. Add ½ cup milk and simmer for 5 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup milk. Set aside to cool.

Roll out FooProof Pie Crust and cut into 4x5-inch rectangles. Place 3 tablespoons of the filling at the center, fold and crimp edges. Brush with egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk) and bake in a preheated over of 350oF until golden brown. Cool and wrap in glassine paper.

Once you have a great pie crust, there is a world of fillings to choose from, a world of pies and quiches you can make.

You will need:

4 to 4½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
1    tablespoon sugar
1    tablespoon salt
1    egg
1    tablespoon vinegar
½   cup iced water
1¾ cups shortening

Here's how:

Sift flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Beat the egg and combine with vinegar and water. Cut shortening into flour mixture, sprinkle with egg mixture, and mix all together. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap and chill for around 30 minutes before using.

This dough can be kept in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Or divide into 4 parts, wrap each securely and freeze. Makes 4 pie shells or 2 double crusts.


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