Day 2: Memories of school dinners past.

January 2, 2007

Tonight L and I collaborated on the cooking effort; he was on chopping duty while I assembled the dish. Even so, this 30 Minute Meal took 44 minutes. It was a great improvement on last night’s effort however, a Smoky Turkey Shepherd’s Pie [recipe], the perfect dish for a cold January night. It’s hearty and solid and stodgy and comforting. In my opinion, frozen peas should be added to all meals if at all possible, so two cups worth was a great bonus. Shepherd’s pie is not unlike standard, stereotypical British food; good pub food or mediocre restaurant food. I have to say this version unfortunately reminded me a little of the stuff they used to feed us at school- piles of nondescript slop served from enormous metal trays consisting of some variation of “meat” and veg. I think realistically that my prejudice against ground turkey may be showing through. I would think this would be pretty good made with beef. L was much happier with the dish overall; obviously the school dinners of yesteryear in Denmark were tastier affairs with some stronger flavors, perhaps served from vast trays constructed entirely of Lego.

Tomorrow, we try it with beef and no potatoes, over noodles. Maybe we should try and remember how to make and eat salad.

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  • Reply GM January 7, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    We tried this one the other night. My husband thought it was fantastic, while I thought it needed a lot of salt, but tasted swell overall.

    Two downers:
    1. I did not like that it was cooked in a large casserole dish, it wasn’t visually appealling at all. (PS. put the chives on after you take it out of the oven…Oops!) I will definitely 1/2 the ingredients and cook in smaller/individual bowls next time.
    2. Way too much prep. Oy, I can’t recall the number of pots/pans/bowls/knives we used to prepare the meal.

    The husband made me mark “It’s a Keeper”, so I guess we will be trying it again in the future, though I’m not sure it is a good as any of the pub food I have had in the past.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project January 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    I have been thinking we should log how much washing up we generate, for meals that are good but not fabulous it seems a lot of effort to clean up as well as cook. We halved the amount of meat mixture and cooked it in a smallish casserole dish and there was still mountains of food- 2 servings certainly served 4. I think this was maybe the best meal of the first week, with the benefit of hindsight, but still only 3 stars. I have high hopes for next week- got to believe!

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