Friday, January 28, 2011

Shepherd's pie!!

My first recipe of my hubby’s favourites! ...

This dish is as interesting as it sounds……It’s is an English dish, traditionally made with lamb or mutton. Essentially a casserole, lined with cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes and cheese…and baked

Here is a basic recipe for a Shepherd's Pie. 

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 25mins 
Servings : 4-5

You need: 
2 tbsp sunflower/ olive oil 
2 bay leaves                                                         
1 onion, finely chopped 
2 green chillies, finely chopped(optional)
450gms minced lamb 
2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into rounds                   
1 tsp cumin powder (jeera powder)
1 tsp black pepper powder 
salt to taste
2 tbsp of maida 
300ml chicken stock 
1 tbsp tomato puree 
2-3 potatoes
2tbsp butter 
4-5 tbsp milk 
50 gms cheddar cheese, grated
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp red chilli flakes

Step by step:

  •  Heat the oil in a pan and add the bay leaves. Add in the onions and fry till it gets a dark pink colour. Then add the green chillies, lamb, and carrots and continue frying for 8-10 minutes or until the mince turns brown. We don’t have to wait for the mince to be fully cooked as we’ll bake this dish further.
  • Add the salt, cumin powder,pepper powder and stir. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and cook for 3 - 4 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and tomato puree. Cook until the mixture thickens. In the meantime, peel and boil the potatoes. Mash the potatoes with the butter and milk.
  • Preheat the oven at 200 degree C. When the lamb mixture is thick, transfer it into an oven proof dish. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly and top it with the cheese. Sprinkle red chill flakes and dried oregano. Bake the pie on the center rack of your oven for about 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown. Serve hot with garlic bread. 


Try it while the weather's still amazing dinner surprise!!!

 Yours Tastefully!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011


My first brush with sharing personal cooking experiences.

No, I don't intend to write scrolls to justify my culinary skills...nor do I want to try to educate. 'Yours Tastefully' will be a journey to share experiences, taste joys of cooking accidents, peep into my kitchen, make friends with my cooking decisions and importantly, seek your contributions, tips, tricks and techniques for a sumptuous world...!!

So, here's a big hello to all of you !!!
 Will do my best to post a recipe once a week. Look forward to your support, your criticism, your smiles, your cheer... Hop along and watch this space for more...!!!

Yours Tastefully!!