Much to my family’s disappointment, I’m just not a fan of Shepherd’s or Cottage Pie. Nothing to do with the taste or flavour, I just can’t handle the texture of mince with mashed potato for some reason! Keep to make a nice, wintery and warming meal this weekend, I decided to put a bit of a twist on the regular Cottage pie by replacing the traditional beef mince with some chunky beef stewing steak and turning the whole thing into more of a Steak and Ale pie vibe. The addition of the stilton to the mash is wonderful, it adds a lovely tang to what is a smooth and comforting pie topper. If you aren’t keen on blue cheese, simply leave this out. If you do, the points are 10sp per portion.
I love that lean lamb mince is now readily available in supermarkets (at one time I used to have to hunt it down and stock up!!). Its a lovely flavour alternative to regular beef mince and can be used in lots of different ways to make a quick and easy evening meal. This one I created very quickly when trying to use up some of the ingredients I had in the house already.
I really fancied a different risotto this week and this one really hit the spot. It’s a lovely big bowl of goodness and really filling too. Sometimes risotto can be a bit time consuming to prepare but as you don’t have to actually cook any meat, this recipe is speedy and fuss free!
I have had a few requests for a healthy and tasty carbonara recipe so I thought it was about time I obliged! Now I’m not the biggest fan of carbonara as I find it rather carb heavy and plain so I decided to pump up the taste factor as well as the veg component and the result was delicious and tasted exactly like something you would have in a restaurant. The gorgonzola added a lovely distinctive flavour which both the OH and I really enjoyed but if you don’t like gorgonzola, feel free to replace this with some low fat crème fraiche. This was my first time cooking with kale and I really enjoyed it. It added a lovely texture to the dish and a lovely pepperiness (plus its so good for you!!)