Thursday, 3 January 2013

Comfort food for winter

Thursday 3rd January 2013

We have found that Aldi sells a 800g pack of minced beef that still contains a reasonable amount of fat - a lot of the supermarkets have taken most of the fat out, so you need to add fat when cooking to prevent it sticking, which seems rather pointless.  Cauliflowers have been smaller this year due to the wet weather, but you need about 600g of raw cauliflower for the mash; you probably could use frozen cauliflower for this.

We had shepherd's pie from Mark's Daily Apple's Primal cook book, which uses cauli-mash as the topping.  There are various vegetables in the mince mixture - carrots, peas and green beans.  We use fresh carrots cut into small pieces and snap the green beans into shorter pieces while they are still frozen.  You could always use whatever veggies you had, and the mash could also been made from celery, celeriac or parsnips. 

This recipe is good as there is 30 minutes while it is in the oven that you can go away and do something else.  Easy and tasty, even for novice cooks - and they get to play with the food processor!

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