Friday 22 November 2013

Cottage Pie Shepherd

Rumour has it that beef is cottage and lamb is shepherd. This is beef and I've always called it Shepherd. If it was pork would it be swineheard pie or simply Sty Pie?
(Clearly, if it was corned beef it would be on twitter with a  #corned beef hash tag)

Shepherd's pie and sprouts and sprouts
That's bean sprouts, and those from Brussels. Don't ponce about cutting little crosses in the stalk, just cut of the hard bit of stalk, and remove the outer leaves. If you have leftover brussels, wait until they are cold, coat them in chocolate and give them to "trick-or-treaters" (or double glazing cold callers)

This one had about an pound and a half of mince fried together with a few onions, garlic, mushrooms and green peppers. A bit less than a pint of stock (Oxo, with Worcester Sauce, Daddies Browns sauce etc)  Thickened with gravy powder and cornflour

Layer on loads of mashed potato. Brush with beaten egg and season with salt and pepper and grated nutmeg

Stick it in the oven for about 40 mins

Don't you just hate that. You don't see a shepherd for months and then two come along at once

I suspect they were hiding in a cottage, waiting for some flocks to watch

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