Recipe: French meat pie in a home made crust!


  • Two pounds beef hamburg
  • Medium onion, chopped fine
  • Small rutabaga, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes and then simmered in water until soft 
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (peel and slice thin and simmer in water for ten minutes or so until soft and then mash
  • Tablespoon salt
  • Lots of pepper
  • Teaspoon cinnamon
  • Tablespoon-plus of ground coriander (grind fresh with a mortar and pestle)
  • Pie crust (here is our recipe)

Preheat oven to 400F.  Sauté onion and hamburger until cooked through.  Add salt and seasonings.  

Combine meat with cooked rutabaga and mashed potatoes.  

Grease a round pie pan. Roll out bottom crust and fit into pan, pile meat and rutabaga and potato mixture into pie pan.  Top with second rolled out crust. Slash vents int the top crust and brush with milk.  

Bake 40 minutes until crust is lightly browned.  Enjoy. 

We eat with a side of steamed snow peas or broccoli.  

As Summer Turns to Fall

Beehives in the Wild Garden at sunset
Bee hives in the Wild Garden at sunset on a summer afternoon

Our bees did very well this year. The hives are in the Wild Garden, which is a garden next to the woods, edged with white roses and yew.  Inside the hedge of roses and yew, perennial or self-seeding weeds that came up on their own grow freely, tidied by my selective weeding in the first year of the garden’s existence and lightly thereafter, and some additions: some mint, a mysterious yellow tall flower from a friend, and some phlox I had to move from somewhere it wasn’t wanted way back when. You can read more about the Wild Garden here.

summer honey in jars and comb honey all rights reserved Bean & Bantam
Six half-gallon jars of honey, a couple of quarts, cut comb, and the purple bee suit. This picture is an after. The before consists of multiple bee stings, honey and wax covered hands, a sticky garage floor and doorknobs, and a few long hours.

Phlox and tree silouhettes in the wild garden at sunset

It’s been a good summer.T his is a short post, so I’ll link here to my favorite post about summer here, and my favorite post about fall here.