Posted by: Captain Slog
Posted: 22nd Feb 2012
Captain Slog says:
I agree with you. There are very few decent Good Honest Tucker Recipes these days. We have Master Chef and all these others on TV, even shows like Come Dine With Me, and others, and everyone seems to want to CREATE Arty Farty Food that resembles fancy pictures or something the cat threw up, and they're all under lots of pressure to use exotic ingredients like Saffron and Larks Vomit just to make it all seem. . . "CLASSY?" About the "Lark's Vomit," I was using sarcasm there, just like Monty Python did in that Customs Sketch with the Mysterious Chocolates.
Peel and boil Agria Potatoes. Chop and salt, cover in water.
Chop up an Onion and some Garlic.
Add to the pan with 500 gs of Beef Mince which has been browned, and mix well until Onion, and garlic is opaque.
Add about a cup of mixed Frozen Veges. season with Salt and Ground Pepper.
Taste and add a little Red Wine (CAPFUL) if you like.
If it is to be thickened, add some water to a Desert Spoonful of flour and add to the dinner.
By now the Potatoes should be cooked.
Drain Spuds, Mash and cream with some Milk.
Put the Mince Mixture into a suitable bowl and Dollop spoonfulls of Potato all over the mixture to cover it. Smooth it all out and then with a fork gently make patterns like criss crosses or whatever, so it gets a cruchy crust on it when its cooked. Add a little grated cheese if you like. IF you think you're rather flash, you could try PIPING the potato on top. Make sure there are no gaps though.
That was just the BASIC recipe off the top of my head. DON'T take it literally! You can add your own tastes to your liking. That's the idea of Recipes. They are just a guide, and can be made exactly as instructed, or you can "Springboard" with them and make them your own with little tweaks here and there.
Another good one! I don't know what it's called, but my mum used to make it. its exactly the same as the Cottage Pie, except, Sausages are usd instead of the Mince Mixture.
Simply prick a few sausages. enough to cover the bottom of the bowl.
Slice an Onion up and distribute them all over the Sausages.
Do the same to a Tomato. Season well and cover with Potato as per the Cottage Pie.
Again, this too, is just basic and you can make it your own by using other ingredients. Use different sausages. Try Venison, Pork, Beef, whatever you like. Yes, you CAN put Tomato Ketchup or Sauce on it when you eat it. No one's stopping you.