Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shepherd's Pie (See Jane Cook)


I really like to cook.  I'm okay at best, but it's something I genuinely enjoy doing.  I like having the freedom of adding spices and ingredients as I please (I don't follow directions that well so baking doesn't always turn out so well for me).  When I go grocery shopping with Eric, I always ask him think of something new he wants to eat and recently he requested mashed potatoes.  I decided to turn it in to a complete dinner by making a variation of Shepherd's Pie (used this recipe but changed a few things--no parsnips for one).  I used ground beef instead of the traditional lamb and added lots of veggies like zucchini, mushrooms and red peppers.



27 comments

hello, Friday said...

Looks yumm! I don't really follow recipe, too, but I trust my taste buds. xoxo
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Kendra said...

Ohh this looks delicious. I'm a lazy cook but I'd really like to develop some passion for it!
PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

lauraa said...

Yum! Good dinner. With beef its cottage pie, with lamb its shepherd's pie. Identical dishes other than that! I always bung loads of veggies in too. I fancy this for tea now!
xxx

Tabitha said...

I am the EXACT same way. I love to cook, hate baking cause you have rules to follow (I'm a rule breaker), but the biggest downfall is that I hate cleaning. With cooking comes a lot of cleaning and that's what sets me back.

I love me some Shepard's Pie and will have to try this recipe.

debbiecutieface said...

I love Shepherd's pie! I wish I was a good cook.

Julie and Lauren said...

Never actually had shepherd's pie, but looks delish! xx

Taylor said...

I am the same way in the kitchen! I can't follow a recipe, but love to be in there cooking something up!

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

this looks so delicious! perfect meal for cold days :)

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libby said...

i also cook by the add extra ingredients method, and it always turns out so much better! i have always wanted to try making sherperd's pie, but have thought it would be too hard.

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Anna Elder said...

I've always thought shepard's pie would be hard, but this looks pretty simple! I genuinely enjoy cooking too. I'm better at baking though, but working on dinner making skills. :)

lauren said...

perfect meal for winter in chicago :)

skippysays said...

I love making shepard's pie for my hubby :) I sometimes sub sweet potatoes for regular and make it with sweet mashed potatoes- so good!
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Meena said...

Wow...this looks yummo!! I think I might make this...thanks for the inspiration!

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jas said...

this looks delish!

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Erica said...

I love me some Shepard's Pie! This looks amazing!
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Josie said...

I'm absolutely with you -- I love to cook but I'm not awesome. I guess I'm better at baking because when I follow the instructions it usually turns out okay. This looks DELICIOUS! I love the veggies you used.
xo Josie
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Alicia said...

MMM, this sounds so tasty and definitely a meal the guys would approve of. Tanner would love this and we're going grocery shopping tonight so thanks for the cookin' inspiration. I'm having more fun in the kitchen these days but like you I rarely follow directions. ;)

Devon said...

I also like to cook, and I am terrible at baking.

While I'm not a terribly picky eater, there are certain foods that I absolute will not eat (olives) and I often cut or add ingredients to recipes willy-nilly to suit my tastes of the day. It's empowering, in a way. Knowing that I have total control over my meals feels really good.

This Shepard's Pie looks delicious. I love any sort of savory pie, and especially with potato crust.

Happy eating!

GlamCake

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Yum! And I agree...always good to put your own spin on things! xo

signature mix said...

There is nothing quite like shepard's pie on a cold day. My bf is constantly requesting mashed potatoes for dinner and I'd much rather try this!

Nicole Marie said...

i really want to make this! i love anything with potatoes!

E said...

I drool! This is one of my favorite things on a cold winter day! I might have to make this next week...

Noelani said...

This is just the recipe I need on a cold New England day like today! Winter cam eon all of a sudden and now I want to hunker down and eat THIS!

Anonymous said...

I don't get it, E asked for mashed potatoes and you whip up this shit. A few things are going on: "When I go grocery shopping with Eric, I always ask him think of something new he wants to eat and recently he requested mashed potatoes."

This implies he has never had mashed potatoes before -- where did you find this Oliver Twist??? Did his parents pay for the wedding or did yours??? What did you have at the wedding, big bite hotdogs and double gulps??????????

And also..... what you cooked isn't really like mashed potatoes.

Good post though!

Anonymous said...

kenneth cole recently requested mashed potatoes

Anna Jane said...

Hey @anon actually Eric had never had mashed potatoes made by me and and since they're an integral part of shepherds pie, I asked if he'd be willing to try it since they make up the top layer. Luckily, he liked it. Not sure what "double gulps" are but they sort of sound up my alley :)

Taylor Rae said...

Ahhh I've been wanting to make Shepards Pie... your's look delicious!

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