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Now, there’s a headline you probably weren’t expecting to read – frankly, it’s not one we expected to write, either. However, tonight at 8pm, Jamie focuses on a magnificent shepherd’s pie in episode four of Comfort Food, and it got us thinking about the dish.
Being the epitome of simple, homely comfort, the idea that there may be “more to know” about shepherd’s pie is mildly amusing. I should have known better, however. No matter how ubiquitous or basic you think a dish is, if it’s been around in a country’s food culture for a long time, chances are it’s got a few stories to tell.
Here are the best of the ones I came across when looking into a dish many of us have been eating for comfort our entire lives:
- Let’s start with a fairly well-known one: there is a difference between “cottage pie” and “shepherd’s pie”, and it’s in the meat. Shepherd’s pie should only be named as such if it contains lamb, and “cottage” usually applies to one made with beef.
- The name “cottage” was applied to this kind of meat pie around the time potatoes were being introduced in the UK, because they were an affordable for thing for peasants, many of whom would live in cottages, to eat. It seems a bit convoluted but hey, we’re always an odd bunch with our etymology.
- The term “cottage pie” predates “shepherd’s” by nearly a century, but each was used synonymously with the other for a long time.
- The Chilean version of “pastel de papa”, a dish similar to shepherd’s pie eaten in many parts of the world, also contains hard-boiled eggs, raisins and black olives.
- The same dish in France is named “hachis Parmentier”, after the Frenchman who convinced his country to eat potatoes. “Hachis”, which takes its root from the English word “hatchet”, means a dish containing chopped or minced ingredients.
- According to the Oxford Companion to Food, once upon a time, Scotland made its shepherd’s pies with pastry instead of mashed potatoes.
- Indian cooks once considered shepherd’s pie to be a perfect dish for tiffin (a word used to mean a light snack in British India).
- Many vegetarians and vegans call a meat-free version a “shepherdless” pie. Although Jamie’s vegetarian shepherd’s pie, with lentils and sweet potato, doesn’t keep the name, it’s an absolutely killer recipe and we’d recommend it to everyone.
- Topping the potato crust with breadcrumbs actually turns your dish into a “Cumberland pie”.
- Although variations of this dish crop up throughout history, no name for it came into use until the introduction of the mincing machine. Before that, the meat would have to be chopped by hand, or made from leftovers.
For a limited time, you can find the recipe for Jamie’s incredible shepherd’s pie from the Comfort Food book online, as well as a whole host of others at our site/comfortfood.
Tune in tonight to see Jamie’s Comfort Food at 8pm on Channel 4.
10 things you didn’t know about Adam Liaw
There's more than meets the eye with celebrated chef, SBS Food star and overall legend Adam Liaw.
1. Adam was a gifted and talented student
He accelerated most of his studies, completing Year 11 at the age of 14 and enrolling in university at 16.
2. He graduated with a double degree in Science and Law
While many know of Liaw's history as a commercial lawyer, he also studied science. He often marries his scientific background with his culinary knowledge, noting how some recipes and dishes may need a formulaic approach.
3. Adam is also a professional photographer
Amidst regular kitchen chaos, Adam often styles and shoots his own dishes. His trained culinary eye goes far beyond how a dish tastes and smells, and travels further into how a plate can look.
4. Adam is trilingual
Atop knowing English and Mandarin, Adam learned Japanese through both food and theory as a young lawyer living in Tokyo - where he worked for Disney and met his wife, Asami. In Destination Flavour Japan, Adam mentions that it wasn’t until he learned how to read Japanese and could buy Japanese cookbooks that he understood what it was that made the cuisine tick.
Source: Destination Flavour Japan
5. For some time, Adam held the Australian record for.
The most viewed non-sport television event with his Masterchef season two finale win. TV Tonight's David Knox describes it as the top rated TV event of the decade.
6. Adam is a formally recognised social media megastar
With a combined social following of over one million (across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube), and roughly 24 million hits on YouTube, Adam is one of Australia's most followed food personalities. His witty and organic social presence is unmatched, with even Buzzfeed writing multiple listicles urging others to follow suit.
7. He is a bonafide expert on Asian cuisine
Adam competed in Australia's very first Celebrity Mastermind in 2019, passing the first round through to the finals, where he placed (**Spoiler Alert**) third overall with his knowledge of Asian cuisine.
8. Contrary to his complex education and professional background full of to-do-lists and documents, Adam prefers simple, step minimal recipes
He told Sydney Morning Herald that 'If I see something that is, ‘Here’s my 74-page recipe that uses 300 different ingredients and 12 different elements’ – whatever an element is – to me, that’s nice to watch, but it’s not something I’ll ever, ever, ever want to make unless you put a gun to my head'.
In 2018, he mentioned that he '[doesn't] like to over complicate it, just keep it simple and let the ingredients shine through' in an interview with 2AussieTravellers.
9. Adam makes his own soy sauce
When asked 'What his favourite ingredient was?' by Google's Caroline Rainsford, Adam responded with 'soy sauce'. While he clarified that he has no real favourites, he mentions how he often makes his own soy sauce with an organic soy brew and an array of flavourful additives - brown sugar, shiitake mushrooms, and kombu to name a few.
10. He is a father before anything else
On top of sharing parent hacks and fat pocky recipes, Adam told Now To Love last year that an unexpected up-side to COVID-19 for him was that he was able to witness first hand all of Benji's (his third child born in August 2019) magical first moments.
"It’s easy to forget that these children have been through unspeakable horrors". Adam Liaw, left, with Ahmed, right, at a Makani centre.
What is Shepherd Pie
Shepherd pie is a classic dish containing minced meat under a mashed potato topping. Lamb is the meat typically used in shepherd pies. Traditionally, this dish was made as a way to use leftover lamb, but you can even make this recipe without leftover lamb. Today, many people make them with ground lamb, readily available in most supermarkets.
This originates from Scotland and Northern England. Although most of us cover the meat with potatoes, in Scotland, the meat is sometimes topped with pastry. Generally, the key to this recipe is making great mashed potato layer at the top. If the potatoes are not done well, the whole dish will fall apart. Some people also line the bottom of the dish with potatoes and then place a layer of meat before topping with more potatoes. There are many variations of shepherd pies. Basically, the shepherded pie is an attempt to balance simple meat with mashed potatoes.
10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make in an Air Fryer
Yes, it's common knowledge that the air fryer can churn out perfectly-crispy french fries. But did you know that this magical machine can also handle hard-boiled eggs, grilled cheese and gooey crab Rangoon? Keep reading to snag some of our favorite unexpected treats you can whip up in this hot new kitchen appliance.
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Gooey Grilled Cheese
The best things in life are cheese, cheese and more cheese! Air-fried grilled cheese sandwiches are soft on the inside and crispy golden perfection on the outside. Simply place your favorite cheese between two pieces of thick sandwich bread, then smear with a scant amount of room temperature butter (about 2 teaspoons). Bake at 370 degrees F for 4 minutes, then flip and bake for another 3 minutes.
Crispy Apple Chips
Homemade apple chips are a healthy snack, but they can take more than an hour to bake in a regular oven. Air-frying greatly reduces the cook time and yields a crunchy, satisfying treat. Choose your favorite apple variety and slice it into quarter-inch rounds. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over the chips before serving.
Hard "Boiled" Eggs
An air fryer cooks eggs to perfect hard-boiled firmness. (Surprised? We were too!) Place six eggs straight from the refrigerator into the fryer basket. Cook at 300 degrees F for 12 minutes. Place the cooked eggs in cold water and the shells will peel away easily.
Corn on the Cob
Fried corn on the cob is bursting with sweet flavor! A standard fryer will hold about four medium ears of corn broken in half. Brush them lightly with olive oil and fry at 370 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. We suggest flake sea salt and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to finish.
Instant Garlic Bread
Crunchy garlic bread is just five minutes away! Slim baguettes, quartered, yield excellent results when air-frying. Lightly butter the centers of each piece of bread and add minced (or powdered) garlic. Fry two pieces at 350 degrees F for 5-6 minutes.
Craving a salty bite? Fried pickles are just the thing! Thick-cut store-bought pickle chips work best in an air fryer. Pat pickles dry, dip them in beaten egg, then roll in panko breadcrumbs. Fry at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through for even browning.
Mouthwatering Donuts (+ Donut Holes!)
Ordinary canned biscuits are transformed into golden, puffy donuts in just 5 minutes. Use a 1-inch round cookie cutter to remove the centers from the biscuits, and don't forget to save the donut holes! Work in batches of four and fry the donuts for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. Fry all of the donut holes at once for 3 minutes. Lightly brush hot donuts with butter and roll in cinnamon-sugar.
Skip the deep-fryer for a healthier version of everyone's favorite take-out appetizer: Crab Rangoon! Use your favorite recipe and air fry for 5 minutes at 360 degrees F. Serve with ready-made duck sauce for the quickest fix.
Give day-old bread a gourmet makeover in the air fryer. Roughly cube bread and lightly brush with olive oil. Sprinkle the cubes with salt and pepper and a pinch of garlic powder. Cook for 5 minutes at 370 degrees F for extra-crunchy croutons.
After Cuban rudely suggested that an NBA referee shouldn&apost even manage a Dairy Queen, the company took offense. Dairy Queen invited the billionaire to come on in and manage a DQ himself and𠅊nd he accepted their offer. Cuban spent two hours serving customers at a Dairy Queen in Coppell, Texas, in 2002, which was enough time for him to eat some humble pie, but not nearly long enough for him to perfect the trademark "Q" swirl at the top of the soft-serve cones.
Ice cream loving customers in 30 countries around the world can visit Dairy Queen with locations in countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Gabon, Guyana, Cyprus, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, and Taiwan. The largest Dairy Queen in the world, is a 7,500 square foot two story restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The largest in the U.S.A. is in Bloomington, Illinois, while the busiest location in the world is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, according to Thrillist.
10 things you didn’t know about shepherd’s pie - Recipes
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Homemade Corned Beef
A corned beef supper makes a glorious Irish feast. This one calls on turnips, potatoes, and carrots to round out the meal.
Pull Apart Soda Bread
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Irish Beef And Stout Stew
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Irish Coffee Cupcakes
What's better than coffee spiked with whiskey? Espresso-infused cupcakes topped with a billowy, whiskey-kissed whipped-cream frosting. Bottoms up.
Black-Currant Cider Sparklers
This bright, zesty beverage is just the thing to balance a hearty Irish meal. If you can't find black-currant juice, you can substitute cranberry, grape, or pomegranate.
Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie
You don't need your own flock to appreciate this traditional pub favorite. Even better: Both filling and topping can be made ahead.
Stout and Ice-Cream Float
On St. Patrick's Day, the only soda we want is the baking variety in the bread. Rich, robust stout is the fizzy base for this grown-up take on the fountain favorite.
Irish Beef Hand Pies
Beef, be it corned, stewed, or roasted, is an Irish menu mainstay. These hand pies give it a playful, portable twist.
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5 Things You Didn't Know About Rhubarb
Rhubarb: To some folks it’s a mystery, to others, it’s a welcomed spring goodie. Whether you’re a devoted fan or rhubarb neophyte, here are 5 fun facts.
The earliest records of rhubarb date back to China in 2700 B.C., where it was used for medicinal purposes.
Rhubarb is a member of the buckwheat family and botanically speaking, it's a vegetable, not a fruit.
1 pound of fresh rhubarb yields about 3 cups chopped or 2 cups cooked.
Rhubarb is also commonly referred to as a "pie plant" after one of its most popular applications. pie.
Americans are all about pairing tangy and tart rhubarb with sweet and juicy strawberries. In Britain they enjoy it with spicy ginger – yum!
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