Welcome back! Come in and see the new place! We have so much to get caught up on. The girls are doing great, and our grandson is growing and getting big and strong. Goodness the time between visits is too long. *HUG*
The last couple of years we have had a chance to share some holiday traditions that we do for decorating and feasting together. Today as it is still early in the holiday season so we have some preparation things to share with you. Today we will be making Acadian meat pies. This version comes from the Evangeline region of PEI. I have found that there is a big difference in meat pies depending on where you are from so, I want to be specific especially since people can be very emotionally attached to their version of meat pie.
Growing up I didn’t have holiday traditions beyond opening presents on Christmas morning, so when Catrina and Tasha came along I decided to create some, from the yearly ornaments to the latest family member putting the angel on the tree. So, about 12 years ago when my best friends mother offered to show me how to make Acadian meat pies, as she was taught by her mother-in-law, I jumped at the chance. Now, we have adopted this tradition. Not only are they wonderful during the holidays but we save one for February when the shine of the season has worn off and we need a boost.
We have a busy day ahead of us! Grab a coffee darling, lets get started. This is a 2 day process so I started the meat process yesterday. I roasted a turkey and a pork roast, they are done and need to be de-boned and the meat shredded. All the juices need to go into the big pot on the stove. I will prepare the seasoning pouch of pickling spices and then I will dive in to help you shred the meat. All this goes back on the stove to simmer while we make crust.
The pie crust for this is actually simple bread dough. Yes, we will need a lot of dough. I remember how strong you are, we got this handled. Once the dough has had a chance to rise once, we will roll it out into pie plates, fill the centers with that wonderful meat that has now been stewing with the spices, adding in just a bit of juice to keep things moist, put a top on it, a small slice in the top for venting and let it rise a second time. Once this is done, we can start baking them off.
Last year I made 15 pies. I know it seems like a lot but we have dinner tonight, I am sending some home with the girls and you are taking home 3 as well. One for the holiday time of your choice, one for February to shake out the blues and one for whenever you want.
I just thought I’d stick my head in the kitchen and see how you’re getting along. Your mom is dominating all of your time with these meat pies, and I’m hardly getting to see you! Give your old man a hug.
You’re not going to believe this, but while we were packing I found the two Nerf darts that went missing last year. You know what that means. It means I am fully equipped for a Nerf war after dinner!
We have company coming over tonight, two married couples, Tessa and Kate and Alex and Mark. I can hardly wait to introduce you. Maybe we can introduce them to Nerf gun fights, what do you say?
I guess I’d better leave you two to your meat pies. I see the dog is begging for some meat. Don’t give her any, she’s already farting up a storm and we need to be able to breathe!
Thank you for your help today, my darling child. I notice when you are not around, and I miss your bright spark. You bring light to everything you do and I treasure our time together. Know that I think of you often and I love being able to share these times together. Remember you are family and are welcome to adopt any or all of our traditions or make wonderful new ones of your own and share them with those you love. Hang on to the love you feel and leave yourself little reminders (like a meat pie in February) of the times when you are surrounded by those who love you.
You are our bright spark
Love, Mom Carin and Dad Reese