And here's my special cottage pie recipe, nice winter warmer and tastes proper nice.
INDI'S SPECIAL COTTAGE PIE
1 tbsp oil
1 large onion chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
8oz of chopped mushrooms
1 1/4 lb beef mince
14oz can tomatoes
10fl oz beef stock
1 bay leaf
fresh thyme leaves from 1 sprig
2 tbsp tomato pur??e
salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the topping:
1 1/2 lb potatoes, peeled and chopped
8oz parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 tsp creamed horseradish
2 1/2oz butter
2fl oz milk
lots of strong cheddar, grated
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion, mushroom and carrot and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft.
Add the minced beef and cook for 3 minutes to brown.
Add the tomatoes, puree, beef stock, bay leaf and thyme.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Season.
Make the mash: boil the potatoes and parsnips in water until soft. Drain and mash with the butter and milk. Stir in the horseradish and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon the meat into an ovenproof dish. Top with the mash and grated cheese, and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.