11 March

Pie time

Did you put any turkey into the freezer? If so, thaw some and cook turkey pie…

Turkey and leek pie

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START : 90 minutes before


2 large leeks (white parts only)                    ¼ cup (30g) flour

4 spring onions                                                1 ½ cups turkey stock

1 clove garlic                                                    ½ cup cream

2 cups (280g) cooked turkey                          ¼ cup milk

50g butter                                                          3 sheets puff pastry

Slice the leeks and spring onions finely. Crush the garlic. Chop the turkey into bite-sized pieces.

Sauté the leeks, spring onions and garlic in the butter until soft, but not brown. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and blend in the stock. Return to heat and stir until the mixture thickens. Mix in the cream and turkey, pour into a 20cm pie dish and allow to cool.

Set the oven to 200°C. Brush the edge of the pie dish with milk. Cover the pie with pastry, trim the edges and cut a few small slits into it. Cut the remaining pastry into 4mm strips, roll the strips into coils and decorate the pie with them. Brush the pie top with milk.

Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, until the spirals are well-browned and cooked through.


Turkey pie is what I was planning to have tonight before my daughter Hannah invited Jeremy and me to dinner with that part of her family that is not part of my family.

Family is such a flexible concept these days. Nanna once said that in her day you were single, engaged, married or widowed and you knew exactly who to count in for a family birthday dinner but how can you tell when someone has moved from being a casual boyfriend to a life partner? And I believe there are some people who can bear to see their ex-husbands socially and then there are half-brothers and step-sisters and foster children.

My ex remarried five years ago and has two daughters who are three and four years old and they adore my daughter (who is two decades older than them) and she loves them. She also told me that I’d like the new wife too which I wasn’t willing even to think about but, last winter, Hannah tricked me into having dinner with her (Caitlin) and the girls (called Pixie and Poppet but I’m glad to say those are not their real names) and we did indeed get on well.[1] And now, every couple of months when he is on a business trip,[2] Hannah does dinner for Caitlin, Pixie, Poppet, Jeremy and me and a good time is had by all.

So my daughter and son, who are the cornerstones of my family, have a stepmother and two half-sisters in their family who aren’t part of my family, but that’s the way Australia works in 2016 and I think we’re the richer for it.

[1] The little girls are treasures and Caitlin is surprisingly sensible – with the sole exception that she married my ex and it would be the pot calling the kettle black for me to criticize her for that!

[2] Oh, I remember those! He went as far as the next suburb sometimes to see a paramour but I genuinely believed in the conferences and the interstate meetings right up till it all came crashing down.

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