Steak and Kidney Pie

This is a cracking meal. The first time I cooked this, it was in the oven for 5 hours, but the mixture was to die for. Lovely and in fact just writing this up has made me think I need to eat this next week!



Olive oil for frying
4 rashers of bacon
1 onion
500g of steak diced
30g of plain flour
115g of kidneys
Bouquet garni
400ml of beef stock – Can replace with ¼ pint of beer if you want
115g of mushrooms
225g of ready-made puff pastry
Beaten egg to glaze



Preheat the oven to 160C. Cook the bacon, mushrooms and onion in a frying pan with a little oil until browned. Remove the content and place in a casserole dish.

Toss the steak in the flour and in batches brown the steak lumps in the frying pan, adding more oil where appropriate. Remove the content and place in a casserole dish.

Toss the kidney in flour and add to the pan in batches until browned. Again adding oil where appropriate. Remove the content and place in a casserole dish.

Add the bouquet garni and stock to the casserole dish. Cover the dish and place in the oven for 2 hours. Remove and allow to cool.

Preheat the oven to 220C. Roll the pastry to 2cm larger than the top of your pie dish. Tip the mixture into the pie dish, removing the bouquet garni.

Steak and Kidney pie img 1

Lay the pastry over the pie dish and press down the edge to the dish edge. Cut all round with a knife. Create a decoration if you want to go on top. Brush the whole pastry top with egg and bake for 20 minutes.

Steak and Kidney pie img 2

Lower the temperature to 180C and cook for a further 20 minutes, keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t catch.

The finished article! Served with vegetables and home made circular chips.

Steak and Kidney pie img 3

Mulligatawny Soup

Tonight we are having our friends round which means we need a full spec dinner.

So we are serving:


Prawn cocktail or
Mulligatawny soup (below)

Main Course

Meatballs with spaghetti and garlic bread


Neapolitan ice cream banana split with chocolate sauce or
Apple and rhubarb crumble or
Lemon drizzle cake

So here is the recipe for Mulligatawny soup:


2 medium onions – peeled and cut in to bits
1 large carrot – peeled and cut in to bits
1 medium cooking apple – peeled and cut in to bits
1 small turnip – peeled and cut in to small bits
1 tablespoon of medium curry powder – ½ if using strong curry powder
56g of plain flour
900ml of vegetable stock
1 bouquet garni
Bacon – 2 to 4 slices

(The image above is enough to make a batch and a half as we have a lot of mouths to feed)


Place all cut up ingredients in a large saucepan and add the flour.

(Flour not yet added in the pic above)

Mix well to coat all vegetables with flour. Add the boiling stock and stir thoroughly, making sure the flour is off the bottom of the pan.

(Flour and stock have been added above)

Add the curry powder and bouquet garni and stir.

Turn the heat to medium and simmer for 40 minutes.

Use a flat bladed spatula and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan frequently; otherwise the soup will burn to the base and the flavour will be altered.

After the 40 minutes of simmering, blend the soup.

The result should be a golden soup.

Now, cut the bacon in to small pieces about 1cm squared or less and fry. Serve the soup hot and add fried bacon bits to the top.