I was up to the assembling stage of cooking shepherds pie tonight when Tom wandered into the kitchen pulling his pj top down over his head.
“Smashed potato! Ooo, I LOVE smashed potato! Mum, that’s just the way I remember you making shepherds pie. I LOVE your shepherds pie, it’s the BEST!”
“You do know it tastes different every time I make it ’cause I don’t use a recipe, don’t you?”
“Yes, that’s what I like best about it, you never know what you’re going to get!”
Here’s tonight’s Nanny Ogg-style non-recipe:
a bit of olive oil
some minced garlic from a jar (I think I used 2 heaped teaspoons)
1kg lean beef mince
a few heaped dessert spoons of plain flour (can’t remember, was it 3 or 4?)
1 Massel beef stockcube
2 cups hot water
a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce (about 1 tblspn?)
a few sploshes of soy sauce (sploshes are bigger than splashes, maybe 2-3 tblspns?)
more water (I think I ended up adding 2 more cups)
500g frozen peas, corn and carrots
a few shakes of dried thyme leaves
2 tblspn tomato paste
salt and pepper
1 medium potato per person (or more if you have smashed potato monsters in your house)
some butter, or not if you’re avoiding the saturated fats
milk, you know, enough to make smashed potatoes
Brown the onions, garlic and mince in the oil.
Add the flour and stir until there’s no white showing.
Mix stock cube and sauces in the hot water then add to pan.
Add more water a bit at a time until the gravy looks about right.
Add the frozen veg.
Taste. Hmm, needs something else. Add thyme.
Taste. Add another splash of soy sauce.
Taste. I know! Tomato paste!
Taste. Grab the pepper grinder and grind away.
Taste. Sprinkle some salt in.
Taste. Yup, that’ll do.
Smash the potatoes that hubby cooked while you were doing all that tasting.
Put meat mix in a baking dish and top with smashed potatoes.
Have amusing conversation with small child.
Stick it in the oven at 180°C and go do some blogging.
When it goes nice and brown on top and bubbly around the edges – EAT
There were second helpings all round (‘cept for Caitlin) so I guess it turned out ok.