Shepherd's Pie or Cottage Pie

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500g mince

1 onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic

tomato paste (one small tin of tomato paste)

15 ml Worcestershire sauce

Italian herbs

salt n pepper to taste

1 cup frozen peas

2 carrots, grated

6 large  potatoes for the mash

Diluted Bisto for extra flavour


Fry onions, garlic and red pepper till soft.
Throw in the mince and cook till brown, adding salt, pepper, mixed herbs, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce mixing in well.
Add carrots and leave to cook.
For the mash, boil potatoes till soft. Mash with a potato masher, adding 2 tblspn butter to the mash add milk as you would normal mash. Once mashed whisk with electric beater until smooth.
5 minutes before you are going to assemble your cottage pie, throw the frozen peas into the mince.
Grease an oven proof dish with cooking spray.
Pour the mince into the bowl, patting it down with a spoon and levelling it out.
Add the mash on top of the mince and spread evenly.
Put under the grill in the oven until the mash has browned a bit.

The mince mixture freezes well. This can be made in advance and topped with freshly made mashed potatoes. You can try sweet potato mash as a twist.
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