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How to make a delicious Cornish pie using the South Africa way

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What is Cornish pie? This is a pastry that contains beef, onions, potatoes, and swede.

However, this has changed a bit in terms of the ingredients, just as other things have evolved. The Cornish pie originated from England.

It later spread to other countries, including South Africa, as it is the home of international cuisines.

The original Cornish pie was made by putting the raw filling inside a pastry case and then baking it. It derived its name from Cornwall.

There, people used to make it more often and used it as a main dish. Read more to find out the Cornish pie recipes easy steps.

Cornish pie recipe 

How do you make Cornish pasties from scratch? Below is an easy way to make a smooth Cornish pasty pie that will taste just great, ideally made in advance for lunches.

Ingredients

Below are the ingredients needed:

For the pastry:

  • 5 cups Plain Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 cup butter, cubed and chilled
  • 8 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 whole egg, lightly beaten

For the filling:

  • 1 pound beef
  • 3 whole small red potatoes
  • ½ whole onion
  • 2 whole carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons beef stock

Cornish pie resep preparation

1. For the pastry, sift the flour and add the sugar and salt in a bowl and mix them thoroughly. Using either a pastry blender or just your fingers, cut the butter and put it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix them thoroughly until they form fine crumbs.

2. In another small bowl, whisk the egg with water and add to the flour mixture. Mix them thoroughly and quickly until you form a dough. Knead diligently and ensure the pastry is smooth with no cracks. By kneading it briefly, ensure the delicate pastry is fine enough for rolling without breaking to maintain its lovely crumbly texture.

3. Press the dough in a flattened disk shape and wrap it with a plastic bag. Let it refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight before resuming with your preparation.

4. Get your pastry from the refrigerator and unwrap it. Give it some time to soften slightly before placing it on a floured surface. Roll it up to a thickness of ¼ inch.

5. Using a small saucer or plate as a guide, cut out 6-inch rounds. Stack the cut rounds onto a plastic wrap, separating each one of them with a parchment paper or a plastic wrap to prevent them from sticking together. Refrigerate them as you prepare the filling.

6. To prepare the fillings, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

7. Get your pastry rounds from the refrigerator. In a mixing bowl, combine the meat, potato, onion, carrot, pepper, and salt and mix them thoroughly.

8. Place the pastry circles on a clean work surface. On top of the rounds, place about ½ cup of the filling in the center of one pastry. Using the whisked egg york, brush the edges of the pastry and make the ends meet by bringing the unfilled side over the filled side.

9. Press the edges together and make them seal by crimping using a fork or a finger. Repeat with all the rounds and transfer them all to a baking sheet.

10. With the remaining egg york, brush the tops of the turnovers before making several slits into the surface of each pastry. Bake for like 20 minutes, until the pastry turns golden brown around the edges.

11. Reduce the heat from 400 degrees to about 350 degrees and continue to bake.

12. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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Here’s how triphala can help you lose weight

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Though you may have never heard of Triphala, it has been used as a healing remedy for over 1,000 years.

This herbal concoction consists of three medicinal plants native to India.

Due to its many purported health benefits, Triphala has become increasingly popular around the world

It is a mixture of three dried fruits, namely-Indian gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis), black myrobalan (Terminalia chebula), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

Due to its multiple health benefits, Triphala is considered a polyherbal medicine.

Not just this, Triphala can help you lose unwanted fat from the body. So, if you want to lose weight here is why you should try Triphala.

Triphala and weight loss

Triphala helps to keep the stomach, small intestine and large intestine healthy by flushing out toxins from the body. It acts as a colon toner and helps in strengthening and toning the tissues of the colon. This, in turn, helps to manage the weight of a person. This ayurvedic herb also helps fight contisipation and inflammation of the digestive tract. It also decreases cholesterol level significantly and helps remove water weight by reducing bloating.

The three ingredients found in Triphala offer various health benefits.

Indian Gooseberry:

Rich in antioxidants, Indian gooseberry or amla helps to remove toxins from the body. This fruit regulates the health of the pancreas, manages the cholesterol levels, and keep bones strong.

Black myrobalan:

Also known as bibhitaki, black myrobalan regulates cholesterol levels and keeps muscle and bones healthy and strong.

Haritaki

Haritaki is a nut-shaped fruit and is beneficial to the human body. Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, haritaki is beneficial in numerous health issues like sore throat, allergies, constipation, and indigestion

Four ways to have Triphala for weight loss:

Triphala powder with cold water

Add two teaspoons of Triphala powder in a glass of water and leave it overnight. Drink the concoction in the morning on an empty stomach.

Triphala powder with honey, and cinnamon

Add a teaspoon of Triphala powder and a small stick of cinnamon in a glass of water and leave it overnight. In the morning, add a tablespoon of honey to this mixture and drink it on an empty stomach.

Triphala tablet

Have one tablet with warm water at night before going to sleep.

Triphala tea

You can also make Triphala tea with Triphala powder. To make the tea, add a tablespoon of Triphala powder in a cup of boiling water. Pour the water in a cup and let it cool for a while. Add a tablespoon of lime juice before drinking it.

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4 things you should know about hand hygiene

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How many of us knew sanitisers existed before the pandemic hit the world? Not many, for sure.

And even if we did, we only saw it as a waste of money, and just another product in the market trying to make its way in our lives for no good reason.

And what about hand washes? While they were here for as long as one can remember, they were always taken for granted.

Cut to 2020. A sudden surge in sanitisers and hand wash buyers. So much so, that the duo started running off shelves at lightning’s speed, and as a result, people started hoarding them.

We realised how important hand hygiene is in our lives. And what took for us to get this realisation was the fear of an invisible, tiny virus, which was, and is, severe enough to snatch away lives.

1. Follow the soap and water rule

While we all, by now, know the importance of using soap, there are still many people who think rinsing hands under a tap does the job. Remember hand hygiene is about making your hands clean both from the outer and inner layer. Soap, here, has an important part to play. Because after all, you don’t want your hands to look clean, but to be clean actually. Hence, whenever you make your next trip to the loo, or are about to touch any eatables, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

2. Hand washing eliminates the risk of several diseases

It is not only COVID-19 that can’t stand soap and water, there are several other disease-causing germs that too can’t. Remember, your health is in your hands. So, if you suffer from diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting frequently, there’s something extremely wrong with your hand hygiene practices.

3. Do it in the right way

It’s been months since we are seeing those ads teaching us how to wash hands by following the butterfly rule, but still there may be a chunk of people who missed it. Hand washing is not just about rubbing your palms. Make sure to clean the gaps between your fingers, the upper part of your hands, and your nails by rubbing them against your palm. It is important to keep your nails clean too, since they can become a storehouse for bacterias.

4. Overdoing it is not necessary

While maintaining good hand hygiene is the key to maintaining good health, this doesn’t not, at all, means that one has to be in front of the wash basin every now and then. Anything in excess does more harm than good. Do maintain good hand hygiene, but don’t do it too much, especially if you are using hand sanitisers, otherwise you may become a victim of skin diseases.

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7 body language signs men do while flirting

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Every woman is trying to “read” men’s flirting signals. And it’s not so hard as you think.

If you really want to know that he is into you or not and what he may be thinking— then read this!

1. His Eyes

Yes, his eyes can tell you a lot. If it’s your first or second date, he’ll look away when you’ll look at him. It’s a sign that he likes you. If you know each other longer – he’ll look deeply into your eyes during conversation. It means he has fallen for you. Eyes are the doorways to your soul.

2. His Posture

If you want to know whether he likes you or not, you need to pay attention to the details. Be careful, if he puts his hands on his hips, he doesn’t have a strong interest. He’s just showing he’s a macho guy. If a man spreads his legs apart- it’s a good sign. It also shows that he is not tense and uptight but relaxed and receptive to you.

3. His Lips

If a man likes a woman, he becomes nervous. His mouth gets dry and a guy starts to lick his lips. Every time you see this, you’ll know that he likes you. Pay attention to flirty smiles. Guys always smile at a woman they like.

4. His Eyebrows

Of course, if a guy likes you, he can hide his eyes when you’re near. But take a look at his eyebrows – if he’s into you, a man will raise his eyebrows while he’s talking with you. This sign is called the eyebrow flash.

5. His Head

Sounds funny? But it’s true! If a guy tilts his head to the side, he surely likes you. It means that a man gives all his attention to you. He wants to listen to you and it’s a good sign that you are the favorite girl in his life.

6. His Touch

If a guy likes you, he wants to attract your attention using every way he can. One of these signs – a man just touches a woman in a gentle way ‘accidentally’ and it’s a good reason to start a conversation with you. These innocent touches can lead to more serious things if you want them too. Why not touch him back to show him how you feel?

7. His Actions

So, if a guy is truly interested in you, you’ll notice these signs. He can be slightly nervous and a man will frequently touch his face, play with his cell phone or a pen or jingle the change in pocket etc. You’ve seen the signals – now for you to act based on your female instincts. Is this Mr. Right or a pretender? The next move is yours!

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