What a better way to celebrate the Olympics than with some authentic British grub? Some of our options included fish and chips, bangers and mash, kippers, or scones and tea. We went for a simpler route, Shepherd’s Pie, which included ingredients closer to the Fuelling palate. We adapted our dinner from this recipe. When there was only a few minutes left on the oven, Meghan drizzled some cheese on top to adorn the top.
Shepherd’s pie, or Cottage Pie, was created around 1791, when the potato was introduced as an edible and affordable crop for the poor. The recipe usually calls for beef or mutton, vegetables, and a mashed potato topping.
Interestingly enough, a vegetarian version could be made using legumes such as lentils or chickpeas. I would be willing to test this out another time using lentils or ground turkey, as well as mashed cauliflower for the mashed potato substitute. But, I was dealing with some picky eaters in my family, so we stuck relatively close to the recipe. I figure if I can work a few more flavors and ingredients into our meals one by one, its progress. We were able to sneak in a considerable amount of onion into the recipe and even when discovered by my dad, he still ate it, a little grudgingly though.
To accompany our dinner, I celebrated with a little Pimm’s, an English summer drink. Pimm’s No. 1 is a sort of liqueur that can be chilled with lemonade and various fruit for an afternoon refreshment. I noticed some blood-orange soda in our fridge and choose to substitute this for the usual lemonade.
For dessert, I suggested pudding pie and while Meghan got most of the credit for putting the ingredients together (she did make one of the best graham cracker crusts), I piped up to mention it was my inspiration that brought this delectable treat into our midst. 🙂 I admit this is the needy-older-child needing to be recognized, speaking out.
I have been waiting in anticipation to watch these games, from the running events to swimming, diving, gymnastics and so much more. While I may not be able to every compete in the Olympics (that idea or dream passed a long time ago…I would have had to have been a child prodigy athlete. Yep, didn’t happen…moving on), but I would love to be present at the games one day.
Luckily I am working for NBC this summer, so it shouldn’t be too poorly looked upon if we have the games streaming online on our computers while we work 🙂 GO U.S.A.!
What’s your favorite sport to watch?