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What you need:

1 kg chicken pieces
11 oz /300g button mushroom
2 1/2 oz /50 g butter
18 fl oz / 500 ml milk
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 red onion, finely diced
3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 sheets short crust pastry cut into 4 squares
2 sheets puff pastry
1 egg (egg wash)

dried thyme ( for sprinkling the tops)

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 190C / 375F / Gas mark 5

Baste the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper then place onto a baking tray and roast for 35 minutes then remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Heat a Fry pan add a splash of olive oil and the butter and fry the mushrooms for 5-10 minutes then add the onions and flour and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Gradually stir in the milk until you have a nice thick sauce then tear the chicken into chunks and add to the sauce, mix in the chopped parsley and allow the mix to cool.

Place 1 square of short crust pastry onto a baking paper lined and crimp the edges to form a shallow pie, fill with chicken and mushroom mix then top with a square of puff pastry, brush with egg wash and bake for  15- 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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What you need:

2 skinless salmon fillets
4 leeks , (trimmed and finely chopped)
1 oz / 25g butter
3 1/2 oz / 100g full-fat crème fraîche/ plain greek yoghurt  or cream cheese
6 sheets filo pastry

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200C/ 400F/ gas 6.
Put the chopped leeks into a large saucepan with 3 tbsp water and a couple of knobs of butter.

Cover, then cook for 10 mins until tender. Remove from the pan, allow to cool, then mix with the crème fraîche and some seasoning.
To make the parcels, brush a sheet of pastry with melted butter, then lay 2 more sheets on top, brushing butter between each layer. Place a salmon fillet in the middle, season, then spoon over half the leek mix. Fold the ends over the top, pull up the sides and scrunch together to enclose. Repeat.
Brush both the parcels with melted butter. Place onto a lightly greased baking tray, then cook for 20 / 25 mins until golden and crisp.

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