Shepherd's Pie

After today's outing at Vivo City, we headed off to pick Abel from Ah Ma's place early to have time home together. Mommy's first attempt to make Shepherd's Pie (inspired by a SAHM Pauline who was living nearby in TPY. She's really multi-talented - having her own playgroups running from home, doing homeschooling with her kids and totally impressed with the knowledge and materials she has for homeschooling, she sews and cooks. She's so willing to share her homeschooling sources and parenting tips. Her hb is a real lucky chap!) while Daddy played with the kids.

Enrolled little Keziah's help to make the mash potato. She sure enjoyed the mashing, mixing and adding cheese and milk into it.

The outcome...Actually very yummy for first attempt though a little too wet. Suggest to let it sit for awhile before digging in rather than straight from the oven.

Here's the recipe I modified from Pauline:
Ingredients 300gms potatoes
400gms ground beef
1 packet frozen mixed vegetables
3 cloves of garlic (skin removed)
1 large white onion (chopped)
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup beef stock (didn't have this today so added salt and pepper to taste and water for the liquid)
100ml fresh milk

Method of preparation 1)
1)Peel potato skin and then boil potatoes with the 3 cloves of garlic for 20mins (or until potatoes are tender)
2) Add 1tbsp butter with 1tbsp cooking oil in a skillet and fry onions till tender.
3) Stir in beef and brown it; stir in flour once beef is browned.
4) Add frozen mixed vegetables and cook for 1min
5) Add in 2tbsp ketchup & 1/2 cup water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5mins
6) Place the cooked meat into a casserole and set it aside.
7) Once potatoes are tender, drain away the water and add in the remaining butter and mash the potatoes & garlic together.
8) Add 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese into the mixture; add the milk a little at a time and continue to mash the potatoes till you reach the consistency that you like (the more milk you add the softer the mash potatoes become).
9) Layer the mashed potatoes on top of the cooked meat in the casserole.
10) Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese on top and bake on 200C for 15 mins.

As usual, Abel was engrossed in his trains while K's busy cooking with Mommy. Daddy brought out lego to add on to the train scene.

Loved these expression shots that Daddy took for the little ones...


Princess of Smiles said...

so sad I miss it!!

I realised I can't do children's day also coz SY is due for her last 5-in-1 (at 18 months right???)

When I happen to take leave will jio you!!!! =)