Reblogging because green tea will forever remind me of Kristia :)
I really don’t like green tea but, wow, this is pretty convincing. Maybe I’ll force myself to like it.
Shepherd’s Pie, minus the sheep. Not for the impatient. I made this for my vegan-phobic mum a few days ago and she said it was the nicest thing she’d eaten in ages. She somehow thought it was gonna taste lousy because it’s vegan (I know, I don’t get her logic either). Here it goes:
- Vegetables - onions, carrots, mushrooms, courgettes, peppers, listed in order of importance. Just use what you have. Don’t use broccoli or sprouts or anything weird like that.
- Meatfree mince
- Vegetable stock
Optional but recommended:
- Salt, pepper, herbs, spices etc.
- Soya milk
- Dairy free spread
Anyways, peel and chop your potatoes into smallish blocks and boil ‘em. This should go without saying, but if you want a lot of mash, use a lot of potatoes. Alternatively, you can cheat and use those gross potato flakes such as Smash, but this won’t taste as nice and you won’t be able to brag about it.
This will take a while, so in the meantime chop up and fry all your veggies. Stir in the mince (should be pretty mincey, about 35-40% mince) and seasoning.
Keep an eye on your tatties, if they’re soft enough to put a fork through then they’re done, so take them off the heat and leave them in the pan (don’t strain) while you do other stuff.
You need to make a kind of gravy. If you just happen to have vegan gravy lying around, then yay! But otherwise, crumble a vegetable stock cube into a bowl. Pour some boiling water in the bowl, and stir with a fork. If you have any Marmite, a little bit of this will taste awesome.
Pour this over your fried stuff and stir it in so you have a nice moist pie base. Leave to one side.
Drain your potatoes and then MASH them. This is the most fun part of the whole preparation by far. It mashes better and tastes better with spread and/or soya milk, but if you don’t have these then just use water. Stir the mash and season with lots of salt and pepper and herbs.
Pour everything into a heatproof oven dish, the mince and vegetables first, and then spread the mash over it. If you have anything like Scheez or Cheezly or Cheezus Christ or whatever then grate or sprinkle some on top.
Put your oven on full heat and cook for about 40 minutes depending on your oven, or until it smells done. YUMMY.