Shared Lunch- Jalapeño Popper Pies?


Friday was a sad day at work, we said goodbye to a friend. In the grand tradition of our branch we had a shared lunch. Said friend is a spice fiend and rather than do my predictable sweet baking, I opted for something with jalapeños in. After getting lost in Pinterest for a few hours I settled on a recipe for the above pies. They were good and a big success.

I made them the night before, let them cool and stored. Some of my pies burst a bit and while they were still warm I pushed the cheese back in. I will be making these regularly for bring a plate events.


The original recipe is here and I adapted it to suit me. Now these are not a quick thing to but I did enjoy myself with a Luke Cage Spotify music fest and a dance.

Jalapeño Popper Pies-

  • Servings: enough for a group
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1 egg

1 tablespoon water

150g cream cheese

1 cup grated cheddar

2 tablespoons plain flour

1/3 cup jared jalapeño peppers chopped (we use Delmaine)

1 packet frozen puff pastry with 5 sheets

Lay pastry  sheets out to defrost.

Heat oven to 200°

Cover 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Mix cream cheese, cheddar, flour and jalapeño peppers.

Cut pastry with a fluted 5cm cutter.

Place heaped teaspoon of cream cheese mix in centre of pastry circle.

Moisten edges with egg/water mix.

Put another circle on top and crimp shut with a fork.

Lightly prick tops with a fork.

Place on a greased baking tray.

Continue until all circles have been used.

Brush finished pies with egg/water mix.

Bake until golden, about 15-20 minutes.

Allow to cool on tray.


“Write about cheese”, she said-The Collective NZ Chipotle Haloumi.


Last night I really wanted to blog something but drew a blank. I consulted my friend Liz and was told to write about cheese. It didn’t occur to me until I was eating my lunch at work today that I had some cheese I really wanted to talk about. That is the above, the brilliant squeaky cheese with a kick from the ever fabulous The Collective NZ.


I love haloumi and I love spice. This Collective NZ Chipotle Haloumi cheese was made for me and my work lunches. Haloumi heats up well. I either fry it in a bit of oil until brown on both sides or put it down the end of a tin of roasting vegetables and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes  (let it sit for a bit before trying to get it off the baking sheet). I like to cut it into thick wedges down the narrow side. When I reheat it in the microwave I put it on top of my quinoa and veg, I only warm it all for around 1 minute and I rip the cheese into fork size pieces before eating.

This cheese has a smoky taste with a good kick. I have only tried it with roast vegetables and quinoa, it was excellent. I now want to try it with a good homemade lamb burger, my mouth is watering just thinking about that idea.

Look for it in the shops, give it a try. I hope it stays around forever.

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