Monday, December 6, 2010

Veg (Potato & Peas) Pastry Puffs !!

OH The joys of having a school bus stop right there in your front yard :-)
You make an eye contact with the kids and there they are asking this out loud ..
" HellO there !!! would you to like buy some cookies pls, cookie dough or some coupons maybe ?

This School Bus Stop sure brings in wonderful memories for me. Needless to say that a combination or rogue and  beautiful memories are flashing back ever since we have moved in. 
 Yes, I am recalling the pleasures of having a school bus stop in our back yard... back home!

I've been talking over and over again to Parth about the advantages and disadvantages of having a STOP that too a 'School Bus Stop' in one's front yard. I remember, our School bus used to pick us up as early as 6.45 in the morning. Trust me these early mornings were never peaceful then... not that they are any better now..well we'll get to that later ;-) 

I was more often caught for adjusting and changing the timings on the alarm clocks to avoid early morning wake-ups...and when I did that, boy I must admit... I may have or rather I have caused a lot of panic and stress for my Mother as well as for Ragini :(  It was the most stressful and craziest thing for my mother to get me out of the bed, ensure that I was fed and was neatly dressed up ready to go to school. I thank her for being so patient with me and for not kicking me out to the door to go to school :)

I also thank Ragini for being there for my mother and me, she was a 'GODSEND' to alleviate our stress in many ways than just one. She often stood there for me at the bus stop while I got my school shoes (black/canvas) on, while I did my bit of last minute revisions at the breakfast table during my exam days and even then ...when I thought I needed those 5 minutes of a catnap :D
No matter how deprived one was of sleep, I fail to recollect if any of us ever tried catching up on naps on our way to school ...even when it took us a good 45-50 minutes to reach our school ..this was  during the 80's and early 90's, as kids that I recall we never gave ourselves a chance to escape from any of the useless  conversations as in "Gappa Tappas"along with yummy cup cakes and pastry puffs that 'Kanchu' dear got in every single morning for us from a nearby pastry shop ! 
We absolutely believed in no escapes from all that goodness for something called 'catnaps' ! Huh !!! 

As I reminisce the good ol'days endlessly here on my blog,
you folks go check out the recipe for goodness from our good ol'days!  

Aaah !!!  the joys of reminiscing :-) 

1 Puff pastry sheet thawed
1/2 Cup chopped Onions
2 Cups cooked/boiled and mashed/ finely cubed Potatoes
1/2 Cup Peas
1 Tsp Cumin
1/4 Tsp Turmeric
1/2 Tsp Chilli powder
1 tsp Of Garam masala 
2 Tbsp Oil
1/2 cup chopped Cilantro

Salt to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook, peel and mash potatoes lightly.
3. Heat oil in a wide pan.
4. Add cumin and stir for a few seconds.
5. Add chopped onions, turmeric, chilli powder and garam masala.
6. Stir fry for a few minutes.
7. Add peas to the onion-spice mixture and continue stirring until the peas are cooked.
8. Add potatoes to the mixture and continue stirring.
9. Add salt and mix well.
10. Let the the potatoes and peas cook for about 10 minutes.
11. Remove from heat and mix in the chopped cilantro
12. Roll out the puff pastry sheet with a rolling pin to remove all creases.
13. Cut the sheet into three strips of the same size
14. Cut each strip in half horizontally.
15. Take one half sheet and place a table spoon of filling and fold it closed. Seal it shut with a little water.
16. Do the same for all the remaining pastry sheets.
17. Grease a cookie sheet and place the filled puff pastry on it and place in oven.
18. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
19. Serve warm, either by itself or with mint chutney.

20.  And now stay tuned in for some more WINTER WARMING RECIPES