Sydneyfood on Saturday, 21st July 2007
My mum has just had a long operation which has led to the removal of some teeth. For the time being, she is on soft foods.
So - soup, omelettes, smoothies, avocado, more soup. It is getting pretty dull
She has expressed a wistful longing for a M&S thing, I think it is a Cumberland pie. Shepherds pie with cheesy mash, from memory. Unfortunately we are in Aus so cannot get it here!
Does anyone have a recipe for something similar? I'd love to surprise her with a reasonable replica
Finely chop an onion and gently cook till soft in a little fat. Add the mince and stir and brown. Add a spoonful of flour, stir and cook till it starts to colour, add some beef stock and chopped carrots, season. Cook for about 15 mins till thick, pour into an ovenproof dish. Top with mashed potato, sprinkle grated cheese over the top, then bake or, if it's still hot, just grill till the top goes golden.
I have the actual recipe from MAFF for this, we made it at a training session they did for Food Tech teachers, but it's at school. However that is the basic method, you can add a pinch of mixed herbs.
The basic Shepherd's Pie is lamb mince cooked with onions, herbs, stock, and other diced vegetables to taste, to make a thick sauce similar to a bolgnese sauce, but not so tomatoey. This is topped with cooked mashed potatoes and browned under a grill or in a hot oven.
It's often made with leftover meat from a roast.
Leave the leeks out of this recipe from Delia Smith, and you won't be far wrong:
Don't bother too much about the potato variety - just use any native variety that will mash well.
Thanks very much for the recipes you two! Look forward to making it.
Amazing what foods you take for granted whilst in good health, poor Ma says she is regularly dreaming about a crispy bacon roll, or a steak and crunchy chips...
Another idea might be (if gums are healing, big hug and speedy recovery to Ma) kofta kebabs, which is essentially minced (ground) lamb, onion, plus some: mint, parsley, cumin, salt, and chilli powder to taste. Blend all in food processor with a little olive oil to a fine paste. Then shape as patties or flattened sausages and grill to cook.
I guess crispy bacon is off the menu for the moment, but can put lardons and onion in the pan when sauteeing sliced potato to get the flavour.
Mashed potato with garlic and olive oil is a nice change from butter.
Meat or fish pates? These with 1cm pieces of bread which can be swallowed whole.
Fish pie? Cook some white fish, make a white sauce, flake the fish into it, place in dish top with mashed potato and cheese, bake. Vary this to include prawns or shrimps, smoked fish, vegetables eg peas, mushrooms. etc etc.
You've had plenty of ideas to replicate the dish.
If your Mum is hankering after cheese & potato dishes here's another.
I think "pan haggerty" was claimed by the Irish, but it was eaten by me in NE England in the 50's & 60's. It used to be a dish eaten the day before payday when there wasn't any meat, but my Mum opened a tin of corned beef & popped the slices in between the potato layers, & I could just fancy some now!
snagging - thanks
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