Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash Topping

Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash Topping

So, 2 weeks into the new year and lots of cooking to catch up reporting on! First up, cottage pie (although I grew up calling it shepherds pie even though my mum always used beef mince!) With the updated Slimming … Continue reading

Catch up

Hello All! A bit of a catch up from me!

I did go to class last week, and Stayed the Same! I was annoyed, especially considering I hadn’t eaten chocolate for a WHOLE week – my lenten sacrifice….but then I thought about it, and realised I had been eating rather a lot of cake, in place of the chocolate, so is it any wonder!!

20130227-094752.jpgAfter reading Tonette’s Post recently about Tuna, I went through a phase of having this salad for lunch a few days in  a row – cooked beetroot, tuna, feta, rocket, petit pois and balsamic vinegar (reduced in a pan to make it syrupy!) delish and filling, and warm too, as I tossed in the peas right after steaming.







I shop in SuperValu, for most of my Groceries, and last week while I was there (starving, having been to class and not eaten for most of the day!!) I passed a stand where a gentleman was cooking samples from this new range – Kinsale Gourmet.

I sampled the Seafood Lasagne, pictured left, it was delish and I picked up 2 on the spot for dinner that evening! The bonus is they came with the lovely earthenware dishes!! The Lasagne itself was very tasty, I let it defrost for a few mins and tipped the pie from the plastic pot into the ceramic dish and baked them in the ceramic in the oven. These are really handy, freezer to oven or microwave and all natural ingredients!! Himself was so impressed with it that I went back and got 2 more, and got 2 of the cottage pies to try soon, so now I have 4 lovely dishes! I hope this company do well, it’s nice to support a small Irish Business!


There may  have been 2 nights out with too much alcohol in between this post and the last, but no chocolate, 2 whole weeks now, I am very impressed with myself and the cravings have almost gone too. I was a bit hormental yesterday and really wanted some but I cut up a melon and had some of that, which didn’t work, so then I had a corn on the cob with a touch of butter and some black pepper and that filled the gap!!

Lastly, food related for today. I must talk about my new toy – the Steamer! My friend recently gave me hers to try out and I must say I am quite liking it. I have made the following meal twice now and even Junior 2 likes it mushed up…Junior 1 likes the Brocolli with his fishfingers 🙂

Steamed Salmon, Sweet Potato and Brocolli 

2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1small head of brocolli, cut into florets

2 salmon fillets

garlic powder, chilli flakes, soy sauce, salt and pepper

– Place the sweet potato chunks on the bottom tier

– Place the brocolli Chunks in the middle tier

– on a small plate that fits in the top tier (or I use baking paper with the sides twisted up to form a saucer shape, place the 2 fish fillets side by side, sprinkle with some garlic powder, chilli flakes and a splash of soy sauce, salt and pepper and put the lid on.

– set timer to 25 mins, make a cup of tea, find a magazine, tell your hubby to watch the kids you are very busy and important making a complicated dinner, sit down for 20 mins and relax

– Timer will ping, dish up! I like to mash my sweet potato on the place and himself adds jalepeno relish – the flavours really compliment the spicy steamed salmon. It’s so easy I will make it again and again.


Bossy King Pie (Cottage Pie)

Junior No.1 is doing a Christmas play next week in his pre-school. He is very excited about this. I can’t wait to go and see it, il probably cry, he’s playing the moon and has a little solo. The play is called The Bossy King and from what we can gather seems to be some version of a nativity play.

So. I decided to make Cottage Pie yesterday. Now, I grew up calling Cottage pie “Sheperds Pie” I only realised as an adult that one has beef and the other lamb…in our house it was beef and it was Sheperds Pie! Junior asked what I was making and I told him “I’m making Sheperds Pie” and he told me I was very silly that it was called “Bossy King Pie” so that’s what we called it.

This is a great way to get extra veg into a reluctant eater as I added lots and very finely chopped in food processor and apart from the bisto powder is syn free for SW or works out approx. 300kcals per serving.

Bossy King Pie

Makes 6 servings

500g potatoes, peeled and cut in pieces of even size
1 small head of cauliflower broken into florets
Dash of semi skimmed milk
1 egg

450g lean beef mince (or lamb if you like it!)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups passatta
4/5 tsp instant bisto granules (you may not need it all)
1 clove garlic minced
2 small onions (finely chopped in food processor?
4 small carrots (finely chopped in food processor)
1 tsp dried mixed herbs

– boil or steam the potatoes until soft, adding the cauliflower mid way and cooking until soft.
– mash all together well with a dash of skimmed milk and the egg
– meanwhile sauté the onion and garlic in spray oil. When slightly coloured add the mince and brown
– add the carrot, mix well then add all of the remaining ingredients except the bisto (you could add a splash of red wine at this point if you have any, I didn’t)
– mix well then sprinkle over 2/3 tsp of the bisto powder to thicken the sauce, reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins, add more bisto powder if the sauce is not nice and thick
– pour sauce into an oven proof dish and starting from the sides in, spoon on the mash in small amounts, then even out criss cross with a fork to get little lines that will crisp up
– bake at 180 for 30 mins or until topping is golden and crisp and the filling is bubbling, the egg in the mash puffs it up slightly and gives a lovely creamy taste.