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I sheet pastry puff thawed

3-4 cups of diced potatoes (4 medium sized)

2 stalks of chopped celery

1 cup of sliced mushrooms

1 cup of sugar snap peas

1 cup of sliced carrots

1/2 cup chopped onion

4 cups water

1/8 tsp thyme

1/8 tsp dill

pinch of bay leaves

3 tbsp vinegar

2 tbsp corn starch

salt & pepper to taste ( I used kosher salt)


In a 5-6 quart cooker, whisk the water, vinegar, thyme, dill, bay leaves, salt and pepper.  Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, peas, and onions.  Cook covered for 2 hours and reserve 1/2 cup of the vegetable stock to use later cooled.  Cover and continue to cook for 4 more hours or until potatoes are cooked through.

When the potatoes are cooked, preheat oven to 400 degrees and place pastry puff on non stick pan.  Cut the pastry puff into 8 rectangles and lightly brush with olive oil.  Bake until puffed and golden brown.  10-20 minutes depending.


While the puff is cooking, whisk the cornstarch with the reserved stock and add to the vegetables.  Stir and let cook additional 20 minutes until mixture has thickened and gone from a white to clear base.

Spoon into bowls, sprinkle with additional dill if desired and top with the pastry puff.  Serves 4.



For those meat eaters out there, you can always add 1 1/2 lb boneless chicken, skinned, cut into 1 inch chunks.                                                  

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Comment by Marie on January 6, 2012 at 8:49pm

Dang that looks good! oOo this is perfect for my niece. She is a vegan so I'll have to forgo the puff pastry.... my tea biscuits, dumplings  *sigh* and bake some nut grain bread as an accompaniment. 

You've posted some wonderful recipes lately. Thank you.

I love to cook, it's one way to express my feelings for the people in my life...  

There are many recipes that have been handed down in my family... and when I make one it brings the person who gave it to me to life... I can weave them into the the fabric of my day... even if they are not here. Very comforting... Food is life...

Beautiful stew... a new tradition...

Comment by lima on January 6, 2012 at 8:54pm

I am slowly switching vegan, there is no milk or eggs in the puff.  I am starting up a recipe blog as well, that is why I have been posting some over here. I love cooking, its so relaxing and like sharing with others good delicious stuff makes me feel good, so I get it, its a great way to express our feelings.

Thanks Marie! :)

Comment by ThatGirl on January 6, 2012 at 9:08pm

You have NO idea how good they all look and how MUCH I know I cannot create food that precisely and beautifully plated..sheesh girl, you should go on Hell's Kitchen!! so Audition...DARE you

--I am a sloppy cook, concentrating mainly on the taste, and the fun of cooking, but I enjoy baking more (NOT healthy, purely mood elevators) that's where I put in any amount of creative touch in how it cooking? not pretty , but they all say it tastes good..

Comment by lima on January 6, 2012 at 9:12pm

I don't think I would ever make it on that show, I am just OCD when it comes to presentation.  I should go into food advertising for Vegetarians and Vegans and get more people wanting to eat by taking pictures of my creations!  :D

Hells kitchen would eat me alive and dim sum :)

Comment by Marie on January 6, 2012 at 9:12pm

*scratches head* How do you have puff pasty without butter??? It's all about the folded in butter??? =-)

Dang... being vegan requires a serious commitment and a lot of education to learn how to maintain a good nutritional balance. It will even limit what medicines, vitamins, or supplements you can take. Opps sorry... mommy hormones kicking in... Several friends are vegans, but they grew up that way... making the switch is more difficult.

Hey! Please share your food blog link! Everything you've posted looks yummy!

Comment by lima on January 6, 2012 at 9:16pm

I did not think of that, I will have to look and check, I was so busy looking for dairy and eggs that I did not think of butter!  I just started the blog, so its only gotten two recipes, which I have put here, as soon as I finish designing the content and home page/layout, I will give you the link :)

Comment by Marie on January 6, 2012 at 9:32pm

Oh dear, I feel like a bitch... Butter is central to puff pastry, croissants, etc.. My niece finally forgave me for telling her. eeek

Another heads up when cooking is to look for products that use agar instead of gelatin.

Oh I want the link when ready!

Comment by lima on January 6, 2012 at 9:49pm

you are in luck, I looked it up and Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets are vegan!  :)

Comment by Marie on January 6, 2012 at 10:08pm

*snort* Well isn't that too funny! For once a pre-made commercial product serves a better purpose than my home made effort. Googled and had a look see.. yeppers you are correct... vegetable shortening vs butter. haha! *grin* 

Comment by lima on January 6, 2012 at 10:15pm

and they are really good too!  :)


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