An Old Flask and Childhood Memories:
Cheese, Onion and Potato Pasties Recipe
I remember many picnics throughout my life, both as an adult and a child; and, when my parents offered to give me an old Thermos flask recently, for food styling, as soon as I saw which one it was, the memories just came flooding back……I can’t remember exactly how old this old flask is, and my parents are pretty vague about its age too, but, I can remember vividly when and where we used it as a family. My first memory of this flask was when I was very little, pre-school, in Hong Kong; we went out for picnics nearly every week, usually when my dad wasn’t working, and our favourite picnic spot was on Tai Mo Shan mountain, in the New Territories of Hong Kong. Even today, when I close my eyes sometimes, I can still feel the hot breeze on my face and the rustle of dry grass as if I was back there all those years ago……..and then there would be that semi-drowsy moment when mum (or dad) would call me and my sister to eat, and I would get up from my lazy “cloud watching” position and race over to see what lovely home-made treats mum had made and packed.
As soon as the main picnic was over, mum would take out some home-made cake and we would all have a cup of sweet, hot tea from this old flask. All battered and without a proper cup now, this Thermos flask could tell a tale or two, and all of them happy I think. It’s scuffed exterior and dented base are happy family stories and memories…….and, although I don’t take sugar in my tea now, I can still taste the sweet tea that was poured from this flask and can remember how grown up I felt being allowed to drink tea with my parents! This flask also has a bit of class and history; when I was researching the company “Thermos” recently, for another post, Hot Spanish Soup that’s Chilled! Flamenco “100 Calorie” Gazpacho Soup Recipe, I came across the very same flask as exhibited at the V and A museum in London! It would appear that my parents were at the cutting edge of 1950’s style and had picked a bit of a style icon, in the vacuum flask world!
But, back to my recipe for today, Cheese, Onion and Potato Pasties, this is just the sort of recipe that mum would have made for one of our family picnics, and they are my favourite type of pies. These little pasties are my most requested pie recipe, after my Sausage Plait with Sage and Onion and Cornish Pasties recipes. They are made with mashed potatoes, onions, mature Farmhouse Cheddar cheese and a smidgen of English mustard powder as the main seasoning. They are perfect for picnics and lunch boxes, as well as family lunches and suppers.
You can freeze these pasties once baked, although I think they are better frozen before they are baked. You can use any cheese of your choice, but for me the best cheese for flavour and punch, is a good mature Farmhouse Cheddar cheese. I made a batch of these other day and I just had to show off my lovely old Thermos flask, as you can see in the photos……it’s such a shame the cup was lost and the stopper is loose, so there is no vacuum, but, I am keeping it as a tangible reminder of what a happy childhood I had, and its presence reminds me of many family picnics, in England and abroad.
I hope you enjoy the recipe if you make it, and do let me know if you make these cheesy little pasties. Is there an item of kitchenalia that brings back memories for you, or maybe a recipe? Do share your memories below, I would love to read them. That’s all for today, have a wonderful Sunday and I will be back soon with a new giveaway and more recipes and tales from my kitchen, Karen