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.