When I was a student starting placement as a dietitian, I was keen to quickly jump straight into it. This meant teaching everyone on all the healthier alternatives they could be having:
• Having butter on your toast? Why not try a vegetable based spread?
• Drinking coffees with regular milk? Swap it for skim!
• Burger for lunch? How about a sandwich?
Of course, most didn’t take on the advice.
I’ve made berry cheesecakes a number of times- infact my blueberry cheesecake recipe was one of the first recipes I posted on my blog all the way back in 2009! I’ve also written about how I’ve been on a quest for a very specific texture of cheesecake, so I won’t repeat myself here but it’s basically the texture of my favourite Cheesecake Shop cakes, which are like your typical baked cheesecake but lighter, yet not quite as light as a chilled gelatine cheesecake.
Getting out of bed isn’t an easy thing for me, but if there’s one thing that will get me up, it’s breakfast!
We’re not huge breakfast people in our hoursehold- it’s usually a rotation between our standard ‘Western Breakfast’ (i.e. your typical big brekkie- eggs, bacon, baked beans etc) and our ‘Asian breakfasts’ (i.e. noodles of some sort). But any kind of food is enough reason for me to get out of bed 😉
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this, because it’s definitely the most boring course our of the four-course dinner I’d prepared earlier this month. But the recipe certainly wasn’t boring, so it’s worth a mention 🙂
I was quite excited to have to attempt a recipe modification for therapeutic reasons, and the one I ended up choosing was lactose intolerance i.e. no dairy products (although interestingly, cheddar cheese is low enough to be tolerated for people with lactose intolerance!). I admit, I didn’t exactly come up with the whole recipe myself- I’d seen a recipe for a healthy mushroom gratin and adapted it to a pasta bake recipe, with the result being this!
My sister laughs at me when I spend a while taking photos of food, because she knows that most of the time I only ever upload one out of the many that I take. So today, I give you two pictures!
Most of the time I’m just super lazy when it comes to photographing food, especially food that is hot and I eat right away because I’ve got to all the effort of making it- I’m not waiting for it to go cold just so that I can get a good picture!
I’ve been making these pies for years, my family absolutely loves them- they’re demolished every single time I make it! But I’ve never had a chance to post this on my blog because I’ve never managed to take any presentable photos of them. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever taken any picture of it….except that time we miraculously had two left over (I made a double batch haha) and I tried to take a photo of it before I reheated it in the oven, but it looked terrible because you could tell the pies were cold so I gave up 😉
Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
Recipe based on one found on taste.com.au (but has been tweaked significantly)
1kg (around 5) potatoes, chopped coarsely
30g shredded cheddar cheese
10g finely chopped onion
salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Medium Brown onion, chopped finely
5 Carrots, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
450g beef mince
15g plain flour (2 Tbsp)
3Tbsp tomato sauce
1.5C frozen peas/vegetables
30g shredded cheddar
- To prepare the potatoes: bring pot of salted water to boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but firm (around 15 min). Drain and mash. Mix in butter, onion and shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 190degC. Blanch carrots in boiling water
- Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are clear. Add beef and carrot and cook until well browned (around 5 minutes). Pour off excess fat and then stir in flour and cook for another minute. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, gravy mix and water. When it starts to thicken, add in the frozen vegetables.
- Spread the beef mixture in an even layer in a casserole dish (or I use 6 ramekins for indiviudal servings), then top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.