Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The dish is humble and while filling it is not necessarily attractive. There are traditionally layers of minced lamb or beef, and onions, all cooked in a gravy and sometimes layered with other vegetables, but always topped by mashed potatoes. Occasionally it seems this pie would have a bottom crust of mashed potatoes as well.
I am not inventing the term Shepherdess Pie, even though I love it: it indicates a vegetarian version of this dish!
This is a great meal for putting together a few hours before dinner, and that's just what I did. I had various vegetables suitable for this rather hodgepodge dish: mushrooms, leeks, cabbage, carrots and some green lentils I'd cooked previously.
I simply sautéed all of the vegetables in the dutch oven I was planning to cook the whole lot in, so it couldn't have been easier. When a dish like this is going into the oven for a final baking I don't like to overcook the vegetables on the stovetop, I like to leave them a little crisp.
I have various chores and admin tasks to get through today and I'm hoping it won't be too icy for my walk with Scout. I went out last evening with the fur pony for a walk around the neighbourhood and it was so icy, it was like a balance workout!
Tonight it's my Serious Book Club, and we're discussing a book that I chose: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. That link will lead you to a NYT review, and I have to recommend this book even if you're not a fan of non-fiction, it's absolutely riveting.
Have a wonderful day today,