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BN Cuisine: A Rustic Vegetable Pot Pie with the [email protected] Gift Box by Uzo Orimalade

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A few days ago, I received an email from Maggi Nigeria. It was a pretty nice email – I had been selected as one of 50 influencers of Nigerian culture and economy to receive a carefully curated Maggi Gift Box as part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations. Ha! 1 of 50 is a good thing so I did a little jig and waited for the box to arrive.

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I am a sucker for presentation and I was very impressed with the kraft gable box with my name on a red card attached with bright yellow twine. I wasted no time opening the box curious to see what it contained:

  • A Pumpkin,
  • Olive Oil,
  • Suya Spice,
  • Fresh Cilantro,
  • Red, Green and Orange Bell Peppers,
  • Scotch Bonnet Pepper,
  • A Wooden Scoop
  • And a variety of Maggi seasoning cubes and powders.

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Once I laid all the ingredients out, I knew this was an opportunity to make something meat free. Gasp! A lot of people I know do not consider a meal complete unless it contains some form of meat, poultry or seafood. That is fair enough but I think we can all eat more vegetables and since I started my garden and have the benefit of literally harvesting fresh produce and integrating into my family’s meals, I love thinking of different ways to use it all.

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I decided to make a rustic vegetable pot pie using all the ingredients in the gift box and a few from my garden for a quick 1 pan meal perfect on its own. To make a single pie that feeds 2 people as a meal or 2 individual pies, you will need these Ingredients:

  • 225 grams all purpose flour
  • 110 grams unsalted butter (very cold)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of suya spice
  • Ice cold water
  • ½ diced red onion
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 cup chopped pumpkin
  • ½ cup chopped green beans
  • 1 cup chopped mixed bell peppers
  • 1 diced scotch bonnet pepper
  • 3 grams Garlic & Ginger Maggi Mixspy seasoning powder
  • 3 grams Tomato Maggi Mixspy seasoning powder
  • 1 cup liquid full cream milk
  • Chopped fresh cilantro to taste
  • Chopped fresh basil to taste
  • 1 whisked egg
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, sieve flour, Add pinch of salt and a pinch of suya spice and stir to combine
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  2. Add the cold butter and with a pastry cutter or clean hands, blend the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs
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  3. Add the ice cold water a teaspoon at a time until mixture forms a smooth non sticky dough. 3-4 teaspoons should do it
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  4. Wrap dough in cling film and chill while filling is prepared
  5. In a pot, add some olive oil and add the onions and garlic immediately
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  6. Add the pumpkin, green beans and peppers and stir
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  7. Add the seasoning powders and taste mixture adding salt if necessary
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  8. Add the milk, add the fresh cilantro and basil. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes then turn the heat off
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  9. Divide the mixture into ovenproof baking dishes – 1 large one or 2 individual ones and set aside
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  10. On a floured board, roll out chilled dough with a floured rolling pin. Divide dough into 2 if using individual dishes. Make sure to roll out the dough as evenly as possible but not paper thin
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  11. Place dough over filled dishes and use fingers or a form to ensure all edges are sealed
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  12. Use a knife to make slits on the dough to allow steam escape
  13. In a bowl with the whisked egg, add some suya spice and stir to combine
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  14. Use a pastry brush and give the top of the pie an even egg wash glaze
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  15. Bake in an oven – Gas Mark 4 for 20 – 25 minutes or until the top of the pie is golden brown
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The great thing about this pot pie recipe is you can use any vegetables that you like and even though it is filling on its own, you can add a piece of grilled fish or chicken as a side to satisfy your carnivorous side.

4 Comments

  1. Dreved

    August 5, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    This is nice!

  2. Blessing

    August 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Awww…….Maggi, I want mine.

  3. D

    August 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    This looks sooo good. You created something wonderful from the ingredients in the box.

  4. Zinny

    August 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Wow…. looks very yummy…..Thanks so much for this recipe… Am going to try this

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