Category: Cooking

Cottage Pie



Yesterday’s nesting was Cottage Pie, a good ole english favourite.  With my 1,5kg of mince I was able to make 4 of these bad boys – 3 of which entered the freezer of no return.


I pretty much just bodge when it comes to making this but here’s a rough recipe with more sensible numbers!


500 grams beef mince

1 onion chopped into small cubes

2-3 carrots chopped into small cubes

oil or frying method of choice

salt and pepper


Beef stock cube/stock/equivalent

Approx. 500grams of  peeled potatoes – though perhaps a little more

butter/milk for mashing the potatoes

Grated Cheese if you fancy for the top


* Put the spuds on the boil with a dash of salt in the water (about 20 min or so to be ready)

*fry the onions and the beef mince, once browned add the carrots, the beef stock/or cube plus water to cover the beef and simmer while the potatoes finish cooking.

*once the spuds are done, drain the water and mash with milk, butter, and salt and pepper to taste.

*in your ovenproof dish, spoon the beef into the bottom, then add the potatoes over the top.  Sprinkle with cheese if that’s your thing – you could also add sliced tomato if you fancy.

*cook in the oven for about 20min around 200degrees centigrade, or until the beef juice is bubbling/the cheese/potatoes are browned.





This crazy thing called nesting…


Something I’ve been really into the past few weeks is making things and freezing them to quickly defrost and eat once Ponyo makes an appearance into the world.  So far it’s mainly been sweet things – scones (I ate them all before we froze them), muffins (they were kinda not as sweet as I hoped but will be good breakfast), cookie dough, irish potato cakes (but I ate them too).

This month I’m making savoury things – I’m planning on making lasagne, cottage pie, more potato cakes, chilli and mousakka – which I made today as a kind of trial run.

The recipe I used is this BBC one though I made the white sauce myself (25grams butter, 25 grams flour, 200ml milk, nutmeg, 2 eggs, salt and pepper to taste) and also added a layer of fried potatoes in the bottom because I rather like them.  The prototype is in the oven and these lovelies are in the freezer.