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Shepherd’s Pie

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This is a “comfort” kind of meal – good on a cold winter’s day!

Ingredients:

2 lbs. potatoes – peeled and cubed

1 lb. ground beef

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

1 onion, chopped

Mushrooms, chopped (optional)

1 c. broth

2 T. flour

2 t. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 c. frozen peas

Paprika

1/4 c. milk

Butter

Salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste

Directions:

Boil the potatoes until soft. Keep them warm until the meat is done.

Preheat the broiler.

Brown the meat in some olive oil, breaking up the chunks. Add the chopped onions & carrots. Add the mushrooms. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the onion has released its flavor. Season with salt, pepper & garlic powder.

While the meat is cooking, in a separate saucepan, melt 2 T. butter. Whisk into the softened butter the flour, stirring until smooth. Add the broth and Worcestershire sauce and continue mixing until the broth is thickened.

Add this broth mixture to the meat mixture and stir. Add in the peas and cook until the peas are done.

Spoon the meat mixture into a casserole dish.

At this point, begin to make the mashed potatoes using some milk, butter and salt. Mash the potatoes until smooth.

Spoon the potatoes evenly over the meat. Sprinkle some paprika on top. Broil until beginning to get golden.

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Saffron Mashed Potatoes and Cod

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This was an interesting way to prepare mashed potatoes – kind of fancy! It was good but I think I prefer good ol’ fashioned mashed potatoes, instead!

Ingredients:

2 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered

1/4 c. whipping cream

1/4 t. crushed saffron

2 cod fillets

Directions:

Boil the potatoes in some salted water until soft.

Drain the water. Add the whipping cream and saffron. Mash well and stir to blend all ingredients. Keep warm.

Heat a frying pan. Add some olive oil and heat. Season the cod. Place the cod in the hot oil and cook until golden. Turn over and cook until done.

Plate the mashed potatoes. Place the cod fillets over the potatoes.

Serve with a salad on the side.