Ello, I've just cooked up a load of stew (about 1.5kg beef braising steak, stock, onions, lots of ale, herbs) and my mind has wondered on to pies... Last week I did a similar thing, then put it in a dish with shortcrust pastry on top. Whilst this was delicious, I was left unfulfilled, as the pastry did not go round the whole pie. In my eyes, this isn't even a pie. So. as a pie lover, and a resourceful student, I strive to come up with a solution. I could either: line the dish with pastry, then continue as above and make a proper pie. This would be great, but it would be difficult to remove from the dish, and I couldn't freeze bits of it for later as it would probably fall apart. So... My solution! (This may just be something I saw on TV, anyway, I'll pretend its my idea) I have lots of plastic takeaway containers knocking about which I have filled with the delicious stew. I will the proceed to freeze these until I have a solid block of stew (a stew lolly if you will... mmm). In the meantime I'll make up some pastry, (proper pastry) and proceed to 'wrap' the frozen blocks of stew in the pastry. These will then be returned to the freezer, and when needed, cooked in the oven from frozen. I dream of having a freezer stocked with pies for one. My question is... will this work? Anyone tried anything like this?!