Yes, this will be another food-related blog O:), BUT I had a reason to celebrate today and to try and push my normal efforts (better than potato sandwiches anyone?
The celebration? Michael has moved to London :D. It has been on the books of course for quite a while and most things sorted. However, it still feels surreal to me…right now I feel like he is just visiting (as usual)…but I guess I will start realising when I go to the room and see all his stuff unpacked (I was banished from helping him ;)).
So what did I prepare for the first dinner of our life in London? I had originally thought of organising a picnic, so I discussed some options with my lovely foodie friend Dorothy G. She gave me a recipe for a blue cheese dip which I tried my hand at. It turned out a bit too rich and overpowering, but oh well…it was my first try with ingredients I have never used (used to Maltese cream and wanted Bechamel sauce but could not find it at the supermarket). Add to that some water biscuits, and we had our appetizer so that we had something to pick at when we returned from me picking him up.
Blue Cheese Dip
Honey (Maltese ideally ;))
The ‘main course’ was a shepherd’s pie (or cottage pie…not sure! I used minced beef :)). I was watching one of these food programmes on tv and wanted to try my hand at it to give him a true English welcome :)). I had everything prepared before he arrived so that when we came back we only had to put the dish together ad put in the oven. Here is how to do it:
1 big carrot
some tomato puree
half a yellow pepper
1 tin chopped tomatoes
some rosemary and thyme
some Worchester sauce
Potatoes (Go Guess :P)
Instructions: Cook all the sauce ingredients in a pan :). Ideally add some red wine I guess, but I didn’t think to buy any this morning O:).
Boil the potatoes and mash with some fresh cream and add some grated cheese
Put the sauce mixture at the bottom of the dish and then layer the mashed potatoes on top, adding some grated cheese on top of the mashed potatoes. Cook in the oven for around 20 minutes at 180 deg Cel.
And voila! you have a shepherd’s pie 🙂