Thursday, April 12, 2012

FABBY: English Chicken Pot Pie

  Hi lovely friends, how are ya? Another weekend of April is coming soon...wow, where is 2012 flying to??

 Although this picture came out dark, I kind of liked the window view from the breakfast table window.
 Now it's clear. Here is the Cream of Veggies, very healthy and light too. Our alabaster breakfast table.
 I used my dinner plate with an orange rim I have; as chargers, because the dinner plate on this vintage dishes are quite small, almost like a salad plate and it's here, under the soup bowl. The small bowls are for the dessert...natural yogurt, fresh fruit, coconut, walnuts and many other ingredients.
 The Calla and star lilies I have them since last Good Friday...I posted a small tablescape for two and the lilies are still blooming.
Place setting with soup bowl.
 Here are the individual Chicken Pot Pies, they came out really delish, but then, they always do, the English recipe from my good friend is really terrific! "Look for the recipes at the end of this post."

 The individual pies were made on pretty bowls made at, or our past ceramic co. Without the pie on them, they have pretty roses decorated inside them, lol..
The English pie setting.
Mother comes every Wednesday to have lunch with Alejandro and me and I must add that Ecuadorians' custom is to eat a hardier lunch, than they do dinner, therefore, I decided to make a very healthy and really light Cream of Veggies that my mom loves, as the antrè. As main course I cooked a wonderful Chicken Pie, that the recipe was given to me by an English girl that was married to a friend of "MR. LIVING", in the late 70's. I always remember her when I make her chicken pie and this time I made individual pies for the three of us. Sadly, cancer took Jeanette's life more than fifteen years ago.  For dessert I served Plain yogurt with fresh fruit, coconut and walnuts, it's great, easy and perfect for a luncheon.

ENGLISH CHICKEN PIE 

For the dough:

In your food processor put the following ingredients:  2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 cup margarine, 1 egg, 1 tsp. salt, 3-4 Tb. spoons cream and process til it forms a ball...if it's to dry you can add 1 Tb. cream more. Take it out and roll half of it to form whatever shape of greased pan you want to use...individual ones, like I did, or one pie plate. Sometimes the dough breaks, just mend it with some rolled dough.  Use the other half of the dough to cover a big pie plate or small ones.


For the chicken filling:


Cook a big chicken breast, or two small ones. When they are done, reserve the chicken and with 2 cups of the chicken broth make a French sauce, or Bechamel, already with, salt, pepper, garlic powder, (or fresh-mashed garlic) a dash of nutmeg and just add like a 1/4 cup milk, that's all. If it looks to dry add some more broth. Set aside.
Meanwhile, have cooked some mixed veggies that come in the frozen bags. Some can mushroom buttons, some cooked cubed onions, or leek rings, I like the latter cause they're more elegant. Mix it all with the Bechamel sauce and add 2 Tablespoons of sherry, or white wine, if you have. Lower the flame and mix it all well. Now add cubes of the cooked chicken you reserved and mix well.  Fill the prepared pie plate with this mixture, or individual ones as I did.  Roll the other half of the dough to cover top of the pie plate, or the small ones, like in my pics.  Bake in hot oven at 350F for around 35-40 min., check your oven.


CREAM OF VEGETABLES

This is easy and goes as follows:  Use veggies that you like, it doesn't matter.  Like cooked carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchinis, celery, red and green peppers, spinach, etc.
In a deep soup pot put 2 Tablespoons cooking oil, or olive oil and 1 med.cubed onion, saute. Add salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin...if you like it.  Add broth, water with chicken or a meat bouillon cube and cook, than mix all your cooked veggies. Once it's all done, take it to your blender or Cuisinart and blend it all until it resembles a cream soup, add a 1/2 cup of half and half, or plain milk like I do...(less fattening). This is it. You can serve it with, a poached egg inside like my Mil used to and we love, bread cubes, or nothing. 


 Thank you lovely and sweet friends for your wonderful visits, they are always sooo very appreciated!


Thank you lovely and gracious hostesses for having me at your terrific and fun parties.


Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
It's a Party at A Creative Princess
Open House Party at No minimalist Here
Delightfully Inspiring Thursdays at The French Cupboard
Share your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup from Mrs. Olson 
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum 
Shine on Fridays at One Artsy Mama 
Beverly's Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Adicts (not so) Anonymous at Addicted to Decorating
Chari's Sunday Favorites at Happy to Design
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Over Flowing with Creativity at It's Overflowing
On the Menu Monday at Stone Gable
Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me with Love
Masterpiece Monday at Boogie BoardCottage
Your Cozy Home Party at Cozy Home Scenes
Beautify it Monday at Bringing Beauty
Show Off your Cottage at The House in the Roses

50 comments:

  1. I LOVE that view from your window!
    We are sitting in the hospital room with Amber looking at blogs and I was happy to see your Chicken Pot Pie recipe. That is one of LD's favorites!! We plan to make it over the weekend while we are back home.

    Your every post is so interesting. I can look at your pics over and over again.....and I DO!!

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  2. Hi Fabby, I also love the view from your window. Your table is beautiful as it always is, and your flowers are gorgeous. I love calla lillies. Your recipes sound so delicious and I will try them soon. xo

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  3. Thanks for sharing this at our "Beautify It Monday" Party! We hope you'll be back again next week!

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  4. You have a fantastic view from your window! Your table is so pretty. Thanks for sharing the recipes, I will try them someday!

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  5. Hi Fabby, I love the chicken pie bowls! I guess they add to how yummy they look! Beautiful scape!

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  6. Fabby, there's that view again. Your table looks magnificent and the recipe also is wonderful...I am definitely making it...such great comfort food!

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  7. "Delicious Fabby"! I can taste and smell the goodness and love baked in! AND OH those lilies are certainly eye candy too. I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE all your company pottery. I'd LOVE a peek at the roses in the bowl??? I'm sure the pot pie was enjoyed and MUST BE GONE???
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Big Hugs,
    Donna

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  8. Wow...you live up really, really high!!! I didn't realize that! It must be really cool to be able to look out the windows at all the activity below you. It's kind of like being the King looking at all his subjects in the kingdom down below! :-) It's so nice that your Mom comes over for a regular luncheon with you. I would love it if my Mom did that, too. It would be a nice outing for both her and my Dad every week because I would pamper them with pretty tables and ply them with good food. They live about 20 minutes away, though, and my Mom doesn't like to drive on the highway. Oh, well! :-( The table is really pretty, Fabby, and the chicken pies look great!!! I have never made a creamed veggie soup, but it sounds really good. I had cream of cauliflower soup in a restaurant that was very, very tasty, so I'm sure I would like a mix of veggies. I like the Ecuadorian custom of the heavier lunch. I have started doing that in an effort to lose weight. I eat a substantial breakfast and lunch, but dinner is kept light. That's during the week, only. The weekends are TOTALLY different! ;-) Have a happy weekend!

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  9. just wonderful you are so talented!

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  10. What a view of the city from your breakfast table! Love all the orange...it is such a happy color.
    Chicken potpie is one of our favorite meals.
    Have a great weekend, Fabby.

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  11. How wonderful that your Mom comes for lunch every week. What a blessing that she is there to share your life. I am copying this recipe down. It sounds delicious and I love individual servings for dinners. xo Diana ps...and your table is as beautiful as always, of course!

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  12. Con el pastel de pollo, la sopa crema y el postre de yogur has sumado calorías pero...¡Qué importa si has pasado un momento grato!
    Besossss Fabby

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  13. Hi Fabby. You have a lovely lunch table with pretty china and delicious food! And a great view too! Have a super weekend. Hugs, Pamela

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  14. I can't ever resist Chicken Pot Pie. It is my son, Trevors, favorite meal. I make it every year on his birthday and several times between. The whole family loves it.

    Yours looks delicious!

    Nancy

    p/s If you will send me your postal code and country I will get you a shipping quote for sending china to you. I know you've commented a few times about that! You can email me at nancysellstransferware@gmail.com or thorugh my Etsy shop or my blog

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  15. Just beautiful!! Love your china and that view is amazing!

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  16. Hi Fabby. I'm just catching up with you. Family was visiting for the week and I had no time to get online. I love your table and would love to partake of your chicken pies. I love them and these sound delicious. I also love your view and those flowers are gorgeous. Blessings!

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  17. Hi Fabby,
    to see your tables is always a delight as you share so many nice details. In this post the little doily catched my eye. It is made with a special ancient technique. Very seldom seen.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  18. Beautiful!
    Aaaah, the creativity :)

    We have Autumn now... so it's nice to see all the tabescapes with lovely Spring colours :)

    Temperatures have been great lately, that's why the kids run around with next to nothing on ;) My princess wore pants, I think, in the picture, but no shirt cause it was too hot lol It's a bit cooler at night so she sleeps with long sleeve pants, socks and shirt :)

    Have a lovely weekend, Fabby!

    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  19. The view out your window is breath taking!

    I love your beautiful flowers centerpiece....such a pretty combination of flowers.

    The lunch looks and sounds so delicious!!!!
    Hugs,

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  20. I just got a mini pie maker. I wonder if your recipe would work with it...I might try it!

    xo,
    RJ

    Thanks for posting the recipe, and your table looks so pretty as usual!

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  21. Your table looks beautiful and I love your view! I will have to try this recipe. I feel like I am running out of things my kids will eat! Thanks for the recent visit and your kind comments!
    -Shelley

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  22. This sounds so yummy.

    ANother wonderful treasures is out on the top of your table. They are so wonderful.

    Love the cups. Imagining here, sitting with you sipping the new brewed coffee and watching the view. Lovely.

    I soon, book a ticket to visit you on summer, §;-)

    Beso mas,
    /Chie

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  23. LOVE this table - calla lillies are a favorite for sure! THe pot pie looks like the most comforting of all comfort food! Sorry I haven;t been to visit in too long!!

    Blessings to you!
    Gail

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  24. Such a delicious looking table filled with delicious food. Your mama is blessed to have you as her daughter. The recipes sound so wonderful. I'll give them a try. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  25. Hi Fabby, what a wonderful view you have looking out from your dining area. Your table is set so beautifully and the pot pies look delicious. Have a wo derful weekend!----
    Shannon

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  26. Wow, fantastic view from your window! The recipe sounds yummy and luv your table setting.

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  27. Yumm! Perfect for a cold, rainy day here. It looks delicious. The bowls are lovely and I do love your pretty tablescape.
    XOXO, Linda

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  28. Your chicken pie looks wonderful -- that is a big favorite here in the American South during the Winter. The veggie soup looks so tasty and refreshing. In fact your whole meal sounds so healthy. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Fabby, I actually like the view from your window..beautiful view. The chicken pot pie sounds delicious. I don't think I've ever made one from scratch. I'll have to give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  30. Fabby,
    You have been on a roll with these super yummy recipes! Sounds like a perfect luncheon, taking in the view. I'll have to try my hand at it, (but with those killer brownies for dessert!).
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  31. Dear Fabby, Everything looks wonderful!!!
    You out did yourself this time. Gorgeous flowers and delicious food together is hard to beat.
    Spring Blessings to you from Kansas,
    d

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  32. Beautiful tablescape, as usual Fabby :) ... I have been practising a bit myself, will post soon-ish :)

    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  33. I'm going around visiting everyone on today's PINK SATURDAY list.....with my hot cup of coffee, of course! Just wanted to let you know that I was here! Have yourself a great weekend, and stop by my place if you've the time!

    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina
    xo

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  34. Oh wow Fabby, first I love your table setting, second love the view from the window and lastly can't wait to try this recipe! You're right, where is the month of April going! Diane

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  35. Oh, this looks so good. I am printing the recipe.
    Your table scape is so pretty too!

    ♥charlotte

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  36. Lovely table, Fabby! And the pies look delicious too!

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  37. Hi, Fabby...I am a little late getting to the posts this week, I have been a bit "under the weather", but now I have some time to look over everyones' posts and yours was the first I went to!!
    I enjoyed reading about your recipes for the cream of veggie soup and the chicken pot pie. Both are things I like, but I have never tried the soup with a poached egg in the center of it..I am sure that makes it even more tasty!
    And I am printing out the chicken pie recipe...I don't know how to make them, and this one looks like one I can make!! I have had to contend myself with the frozen ones from the grocery store... LOL and I am sure there is no comparison to taste!!
    The table setting for this hardy luncheon is lovely..all the colors go so well together!! I think it is so wonderful that you have a weekly "luncheon" date with your sweet mother...enjoy her!! I miss mine so much, after eleven years! I am sure going to your place for lunch is one of the special "dates"
    on her calender each week!!
    Yes, your calla lilies and star gazer lilies are still lovey since Good Friday and I know you have liked having them last this long..
    they always smell so pretty, too!
    And what a lovely view from your windows!! Your Capital must be a large and beautiful city, and you have such a nice climate there, too
    Thank you for sharing this table-
    scape with us, and I hope you are having a good weekend, and that your coming week will be a happy one!
    Fond hugs and love from Francy

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  38. Hello Fabby! Your table is beautiful as always! I agree the view was great! Your food looks so enticing!
    Your recipe sounds great, I'll have to try it!
    I just did a post and included a link to your post about your brother-in-laws Rose Farm :-)
    Have a great weekend! Liz

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  39. Thank you so much for your lovely, kind and generous visit Francy. I'm so glad you're better, I hate colds. I have no choise than to make pies from scratch, around here there is no ready made dough for anything. I live in Cuenca-Ecuador, the third largest city in Ecuador. My daughter Alexandra lives in the capital city, Quito. I once placed a link to it and yes, it is gorgeous and so is Cuenca, which is now the first city in the world for American retirees. Check it out in internet, I know you are a curious lady. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    FABBY

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  40. the view out the window is wonderful. Great table. Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  41. Another fabulous recipe from you. You are going to have me cooking for a while - still have not made the brownies - lol! Your table is lovely and you are so lucky to still have your mother to entertain and she is lucky to have such an accomplished daughter! Thanks, again, for sharing your ceramics - I love seeing them in your blogs!

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  42. Your meal looks wonderful, Fabby. And I love your table setting, so simple and yet so beautiful! Your soup and pie even blends with the colors of the dishes....Christine

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  43. Thanks for sharing your lovely table! The meals looks wonderful! I love all your dishes,JoAnn

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  44. Hello dear Fabby,
    Your table decor is so beautiful with the dramatic cala-lilies and the orange plates.
    I love the view out your kitchen window! You must see for miles!
    I love chicken pie, it sounds delicious.
    hugs, Cindy

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  45. Love the over looking from the window! But what I do most adore is your table. I love every single details of it!

    Damask Tablecloths

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  46. Your pie looks delicious, and love that you made individual pies! I have a recipe that I got 30 years ago from an elderly lady and everyone in my family calls the dish Jane Chicken. I always think of her everytime we have it, which is often because it's everyone's favorite.

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  47. Hello:
    I'm new to your post.

    Your table is so very pretty.

    The pie looks lovely, how big are the individual ones?

    They look big enough for two in the picture, but maybe that is perspective.

    I would love to return to your site.

    I hope you don't take offence but I found it difficult to see with the black background, and the way the recipe lines run together.
    I mean no insult.

    I will keep trying to return though.

    Have a Joyful Day

    Charlie

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  48. Lovely view Fabby! Everything looks so beautiful and the pot pie looks divine. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  49. Hi lovely lady.
    Wow!!I see a lovely lunch Tablescape with pretty china and delicious food! And a great view too! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my French Dinning Tablescape. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

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  50. Thanks Fabby for sharing this with Share Your Cup Thursday. They look so delicious and very professional looking. I am going to give them a try sometime. Hope mine look as good as yours. As always, your table is a delight!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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I love to receive your sweet and generous messages. You always make my day !

FABBY