Classic Cottage Pie

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Today’s recipe is such a classic, especially here in the UK and surprisingly I’ve not made it before. It’s pretty simple and mostly consists of mash and meat, however over the years there have been many adaptations in the ingredients giving it much more flavour. I looked around online for inspiration and basically combined a bunch of recipes together and the end result was delicious. I ate it on it’s own but you could always add vegetables on the side like broccoli, carrot or cauliflower.

Classic Cottage Pie recipe (serves 6 hearty portions)

Ingredients

1kg minced beef

3 garlic cloves – crushed

Seasonings: Salt, pepper, chilli, mixed herbs, paprika and turmeric

5 large potatoes – peel, chop, wash

50g butter

Splash of milk

1 tbsp oil

1/2 onion – finely diced

Splash of red wine

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp tomato puree

600g chopped tomatoes

1 stock cube

1 tsp sugar

50g peas

100g sweetcorn

1 1/2 carrot – grated

Dried parsley

Methods

  • Firstly, marinate the minced beef with the seasonings and garlic a few hours before starting the cottage pie.
  • Peel, chop and wash the potatoes, then put them to boil until cooked. Once cooked, drain off the water and cover with the pot lid.
  • Put the oil in a frying pan and add the onion with a little salt, cover with the lid for a few minutes until soft and add the minced beef. Turn up the heat slightly and cook for 7 minutes until the beef is brown and the liquid has reduced.
  • Add the splash of wine and again letting the liquid reduce before mixing in the flour, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, stock cube and sugar.
  • Let the mixture simmer on a medium heat for 15 minutes and preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
  • In the meantime, add a splash of milk and butter to the potatoes mashing it all together until smooth.
  • Turn the heat off from the beef and stir in the peas, sweetcorn and carrot. Pour this into an oven tray, cover with the mashed potato and use a fork to design the top.
  • Sprinkle a little dried parsley on top and bake in the oven for 50 minutes until golden at the edges.

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Minced Beef Kebabs

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a good day today. Today’s recipe is kebabs, I was seeing them on a lot of foods videos so I thought why not make them. I think the origin of kebab skewers are mostly from the Middle East (with other varieties around the world) and a lot of the recipes I found for inspiration were full of flavour and spices.

I had quite high hopes for these kebabs but when I was making them it was slightly stressful because I was cooking other things at the same time and when I was squashing the meat onto the skewers it was almost falling off but it all turned out okay in the end.

Minced Beef Kebab Recipe (makes 6)

Ingredients

500g minced beef

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp chilli

1 tsp basil

Oil – for frying

Method

  • Place the meat into a large bowl and sprinkle in all of the seasonings, then use your hands to combine everything together and leave to marinate for a few hours.
  • Soak 6 six skewers in water.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan and then equally divide the meat into 6 and squash each piece around a skewer.
  • Place into the hot pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.
  • Once there is colour on the kebab, put it on a tray and into the oven for 10 minutes.

Let me know your favourite kebab recipe below!

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I’ll just have a salad

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. If you’ve seen my previous posts you’ll know I’ve posted quite a few salad recipes before because they are healthy, easy to make and look really colourful. Every since I was a kid we have always had salad along with our Sunday dinner and naturally I’ve always enjoyed making it. No cooking is required just the basic skills of peeling, grating and slicing. Over the years I’ve changed the way I prepare it and my current favourite is to grate and cut the salads fairly small then mix everything together. Posting earlier because it’s so warm outside and this is a great side for your dinner, especially in this UK summer heat.

Side Salad Recipe

Ingredients

Lettuce – shredded

Carrot – grated

Raddish – grated

Method

  • Take out the amount you want of each salad, depending on how many people are eating.
  • Wash everything thoroughly and prepare everything, I like to leave the lettuce to dry on a paper towel.
  • Add everything to a bowl and serve alongside your favourite meal.

Remember salads are supposed to be healthy and by adding oils, dressings, croutons and other food item makes it less nutritious overall.

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Seasoned Potato Chips

Hi everyone welcome back to my blog. Today’s recipe features a very versatile vegetable….POTATOES!! You can have it fried, mashed, baked, boiled, wedges or chips, needless to say your options are endless. These chips are filling, full of flavour and go really well as a side to most dishes.

Seasoned Potato Chips recipe (makes 5 potions)

Ingredients

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 onion powder

1 tsp dried oregano

Pinch of chilli

1 tsp granulated sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

5 large potatoes – peeled and cut into chip shapes

Oil – to drizzle potatoes

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and place a large tray into the oven.
  • Mix all of the dry seasonings together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Peel, chop and wash the potatoes. Cut them into chip shapes and place into the oven tray, drizzling with oil but not too much.
  • Next sprinkle oven the combined seasonings, mix everything together and cook in the oven for about an hour until cooked through.

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Fork Biscuits

Hello everyone, I hope your day is going well. I was looking for something simple to make and I found this recipe, originally from Mary Berry. I love a basic recipe that’s easy to make, and this one only has 3 ingredients!! All you need is butter, sugar and self-raising flour, once baked they are soft, light and not too sweet.

Fork Biscuits (makes 16)

Ingredients

100g butter

50g caster sugar

150g self-raising flour

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Beat the butter alone until soft then mix in the sugar. Add the flour and mix until it forms a dough (you can use your hands for this part).
  • Form the dough into a long log shape and use a knife to cut 16 equal biscuits.
  • Take each piece of dough, flatten in your hand to make a circle and place on the baking tray.
  • When you are finished, press a fork into each one and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Leave to cool on a baking tray.

Let me know if you try this recipe in the comments below.

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Recipe from here