Mini Beef Stew Pot Pies

Steak & Ale Pie by Natalie Paramore Filo Dough Minis

Welp, we are finally getting a little taste of winter this month in Austin. Saturday it was 78 degrees and today a high of 34. That means I can finally break into some stick-to-your-ribs winter recipes! This beef stew will warm you up for sure! Super hearty and straight from the UK, this mini beef stew pot pies are easy to make just in time for dinner this week. Scroll down to the bottom to see my how-to video!

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Coconut Mojito Granita

Coconut Mojito Granita_Natalie Paramore3This Italian inspired ice is somewhere between a sorbet and a snocone, perfect to beat the hot, hot heat in Texas this summer! Just a few ingredients and no fancy tools required. You can switch up the flavor combinations and make your own all summer long!

 

Ingredients:

13 oz of coconut milk (or about 1 1/2 cups of fresh fruit)

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of water

1/3 cup fresh mint

1 lime

Fresh mint for garnish

 

Directions:

Mint Simple Syrup:

Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to boil

Stir and let sugar dissolve completely

Pour sugar water over fresh chopped mint leave

Cover and let steep until it comes to room temperature

 

Coconut Mojito Granita:

Blend coconut milk and simple syrup until smooth

Pour into shallow dish

Ever 30-45 minutes, grate over mixture with a fork creating fluffy ice crystals

Repeat this step 3-4 times

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Now you have a gorgeous granita! Make you own flavor combinations or even add a splash of rum to make turn this granita into an adult friendly summer beverage. You know that’s what I will be doing!Coconut Mojito Granita_Natalie Paramore2

 

Mango Agua Fresca

Mango Agua Fresca_Natalie Paramore 2 It’s hot hot hot! Time to get that those cool (and healthy!) recipes ready for summer. This is a new one for me: agua fresca. These fruit waters are commonly served all over Mexico and Central America. They are fairly easy to make!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped fruit- in this case mango

8 cups cold water

Options: Citrus or sweetner

 

Directions:

Blend chopped fruit with one cup of water

Pour into pitcher through a mesh strainer

Combine with remaining cold water

Drink ice cold!

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