Shepherd’s Pie

Looking for a quick weeknight meal to warm you up? Look no further than our humble Shepherd’s Pie.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 4

  • 600g Beef mince
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour optional to thicken sauce, cornflour can also be used
  • 1 Cup mixed vegetables
  • 1 Cup beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp gravox (gravy powder)
  • 1 Tsp minced garlic
  • Mixed herbs and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkling of Lawry’s seasoning if available

For mashed potatoes

  • 3 Medium size potatoes
  • 1 Tsp Chives
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 Cup milk

IMG_1331

Procedure: (with images)

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Dice onion.
  3. Heat oil in pan and add onion. Cook for 1 minute, while stirring.
  4. Add mince and cook over medium heat.
  5. Chop potatoes into quarter pieces, then add to a medium-sized saucepan and cover with water. Bring it to boil and cook over high heat for 15-20 minutes. I know my potatoes are done when I can easily stick a fork into them.
  6. As meat and potatoes are cooking, microwave vegetables according to packet directions. Set aside.
  7. When meat has just browned, turn heat to low and add Lawry’s seasoning.

IMG_1334

  1. Add beef stock, woistershire sauce, tomato paste, gravox, garlic, mixed herbs, pepper to the mince and simmer on low for 10 minutes allowing the flavours to blend. Then turn off the burner.

IMG_1336

  1. Once potatoes are done, remove them from the heat. Drain potatoes, return to pan and add milk, chives and butter. Mash until potatoes are smooth and fluffy. Set aside.

IMG_1339

  1. Lightly grease pie dish with olive oil spray or butter.
  2. Pour the meat into the pie dish.

IMG_1337

  1. Using a spatula, spread potato over meat until pie is covered.
  2. Cook the pie on the highest oven rack available for 15-20 minutes until potato on top is slightly crispy.

IMG_1352

  1. Serve with some toasty bread!

IMG_1358

Recipe quick view
Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Dice onion.
  3. Heat oil in pan and add onion. Cook for 1 minute, while stirring.
  4. Add mince and cook over medium heat.
  5. Chop potatoes into quarter pieces, then add to a medium-sized saucepan and cover with water. Bring it to boil and cook over high heat for 15-20 minutes. I know my potatoes are done when I can easily stick a fork into them.
  6. As meat and potatoes are cooking, microwave vegetables according to packet directions. Set aside.
  7. When meat has just browned, turn heat to low and add Lawry’s seasoning.
  8. Add beef stock, woistershire sauce, tomato paste, gravox, garlic, mixed herbs, pepper to the mince and simmer on low for 10 minutes allowing the flavours to blend. Then turn off the burner.
  9. Once potatoes are done, remove them from the heat. Drain potatoes, return to pan and add milk, chives and butter. Mash until potatoes are smooth and fluffy. Set aside.
  10. Lightly grease pie dish with olive oil spray or butter.
  11. Pour the meat into the pie dish.
  12. Using a spatula, spread potato over meat until pie is covered.
  13. Cook the pie on the highest oven rack available for 15-20 minutes until potato on top is slightly crispy.
  14. Serve with some toasty bread!

Leftovers
Chill!:Keep covered in fridge for up to 3 days.
Heat!:Heat in individual portions for 2 minutes.
Freeze!:Though this dish is best consumed fresh, freezing is possible. Reheat from frozen, do not thaw!

Advertisements

Creamy Hashbrown Bake

Looking for a simple side dish to take to a bbq or feed the family? This recipe is straight forward and can be prepared ahead of time and baked later. Personally, we find that hashbrown bake goes great with hamburgers.

To see full-sized photos of this recipe click here.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 6+

  • 1kg Hashbrowns thawed
  • 1 Small onion
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup of grated cheese
  • 1 Can Campbells cream of chicken soup 420g
  • Pepper to taste

Hashbrown Bake ingredients
Continue reading

Hamburgers

Everyone loves a good burger. This recipe calls for a few extra ingredients, but most of it should already be in your pantry. These hamburger patties are full and moist, so no dried out burgers here! This recipe will serve 4-5 people, but in the comments section I will post the normal recipe I use for just B and I.

To see full-sized photos of this recipe click here.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients // Yield approximately 10 patties

  • 900g premium beef mince
  • 2 onions
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tsp beef stock powder
  • 1/4 Cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 Cup barbeque sauce
  • 2 Tsp dijon or honey mustard
  • 3 Tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp mixed herbs
  • 2  Tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 10 slices of cheese
  • 10 hamburger buns
  • Pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of Lawry’s seasoning (optional)

IMG_1580
Continue reading

Corn and Asparagus

Merry Christmas everyone!
I do apologise for my absence over the past couple of weeks – Christmas spirit just got the better of me and I didn’t have time to post. I have been missing you all so much though and I have been working on some great recipes I’ll share over the next few weeks.

Today’s post is a simple side dish that goes well with roast dinners, BBQs or even as a light lunch on it’s own. While the dish does sound a bit different to those that have never heard of it, I grew up eating corn and asparagus and I know it’s something tasty. 🙂

Corn and Asparagus
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 6

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 420g (1 Can) corn kernels
  • 425g (1 Can) asparagus
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup grated cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

IMG_1522
Continue reading

Slow-cooked Meatballs with Spaghetti

This is one of G Judy’s signature dishes. My attempt doesn’t even come close, but I am thankful she was willing to share her recipe with me. These meatballs are fantastic, make great leftovers and go perfect with angel hair pasta.

To see full-sized photos of this recipe (including some not shown on this post) click here.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 hours on low heat

Ingredients // Yield 6+

  • 1 kg lean beef mince (or 1/2 kg veal & 1/2 pork mince)
  • 500g Angel Hair pasta
  • 1/4 Tsp sage
  • 1/4 Tsp parsley
  • 1/4 Tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 Tsp thyme
  • 1 Small onion
  • 1 Tsp garlic
  • 1 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tsp milk
  • 1 kg jar of your favourite pasta sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • A sprinkling of garlic powder

IMG_1390

Continue reading

Sloppy Joes

An incredibly tasty meal that requires so little effort! If you want to make a big batch for a family dinner or leftovers, simply double the recipe 🙂

To see full-sized photos of this recipe (including some not shown on this post) click here.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 6 Sloppy Joes

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tsp garlic
  • 600g Beef mince
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can puréed tomatoes (410g)
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tsp Lawry’s Seasoning (or other steak seasoning)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp thyme
  • Sprinkling of cloves
  • Pepper to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns

IMG_1468

Continue reading

Tuna Pastabake

Looking for a quick, healthy meal? Look no further! This meal can be made ahead of time and frozen or kept in the fridge, ready to be baked at a moments notice.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 6-8 servings

  • 575g jar of Leggo’s spinach and garlic pastabake sauce
  • 500g pasta (we use large shells)
  • 425g tin of tuna
  • 1 cup of frozen vegetables
  • 1 cup grated tasty or shredded cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (to serve)

IMG_1236

Continue reading