If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you are no doubt aware that, in addition to loving cooking, I also love mysteries. It should come as no surprise, then, that I collect mystery cookbooks (and have the draft of one I edited years ago still unpublished). Some of these books I cook from, others not, and it should be fairly obvious which is which just by looking at the picture.
Over the weekend, I pulled out the Murder, She Wrote Cookbook and stared paging through. I came upon Angela Lansbury's recipe for Cottage Pie, and had to make it.
I did so during the opening day of baseball season, while watching the abysmal game between the Cardinals and Pirates and was only too happy to have the diversion. Cottage Pie, like Shepherd's Pie, is a great “cleaning out the fridge” kind of meal because it makes use of all of those leftover vegetables that you have haunting your fridge.
I like to make mine in individual dishes, and pipe on the mashed potatoes to make for an elegant presentation of a rather peasant dish, but the piping is not at all necessary.
This is a tasty meal, paired nicely with a fruit cup and glass of burgundy.
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