Tuesday, 8 March 2011

1.2 Tuesday - Cottage Pie

Welcome to my blog about Dining in for Less, which is designed to slash the cost of your shopping bill. From the week's shopping list you will be able to make seven dishes, including a couple of desserts, in quantities sufficient to feed a family of four.

Today we are going to make my take on a cottage pie and we are going to have pancakes with a twist for dessert.

Cottage Pie
Pear Pancakes


3 potatoes
Mince from yesterday
A little cooking oil
6 dessert spoons flour
2 pears
half pint of milk
2 eggs

Today we are going to make my variation of the cottage pie.

Firstly, bake three large potatoes in a microwave, then when they are cooked, slice thickly.

Place the mince we saved from yesterday into an oven proof dish and arrange the potato slices on top. Brush the potatoes with a little oil and sprinkle a teaspoon of seasoning on top and then place into the oven to heat up and for the potatoes to get crispy.

Prepare the vegetables.

I decided to make a dessert today - pancakes with pears.

So place six dessert spoons of flour, two eggs, a pinch of salt and half a pint of milk into a container and mix to create your pancake batter. This makes two small pancakes each.

Use a small frying pan with a minute spot of cooking oil. Heat it up and tilt the pan to make sure the oil covers the pan. Then ladle in one scoop of the mixture. Tilt the pan to spread the mix around and cook gently. Use a spatula to turn the pancake over if you don't feel brave enough to flip it. When the pancake is a nice mid brown colour, it is ready.
Roughly chop two pears and remember to throw away the cores and pips. Add to a small pan with one dessert spoon of sugar, a small cup of water and a small knob of butter and simmer.
Put the pancakes on plates and add a couple of spoons of the syrupy pear mixture.

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