Tennessee weather.......it's never boring that's a fact. Spring started with lots of sunshine, flowers were budding and trees began to bloom. Two weeks later, we had freezing temperatures and snow in the higher elevations. Everything tender and ready to bloom was covered with sheets to protect the young buds. The Clematis was one of the plants I feared would succumb to the frost, but yesterday after uncovering everything, I was given a lovely surprise. Under the warmth of the sheet ,the vine had blossomed beautifully and perfect.
A favorite English dish of mine is, Shepherd's Pie, a working man's staple.
A concoction of ground beef, onions, carrots, and peas cooked in a beef gravy and tomato sauce, with herbs and spices; then topped off with mashed potatoes and browned in the oven until the potatoes are nice and crusty.
I buy the Colman Shepherd's Pie mix, available through Publix grocery stores, on the English import isle. If it's not on hand, then the gravy part is made with oxo's or beef bouillon cubes and tomato paste, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and parsley.
Shepherd's Pie was the first meal I cooked as a newly wed , it remains one of my husband's favorites to this day.
Accompanied by boiled cabbage, mashed it with lots of butter, and fresh pepper, that's how my mum used to serve it.
Serve with a slice of pickled beetroot or a few pickled onions on the side, and a nice crusty loaf of bread.
ALL I EVER NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM THE THE EASTER BUNNY
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Walk softly and carry a big carrot. Everyone needs a friend who is all ears. There’s no such thing as too much candy. All work and no play can make you a basket case. A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention. Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day. Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. Some body parts should be floppy. Keep your paws off other people’s jellybeans. Good things come in small sugar-coated packages. The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket. An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare. To show your true colors – you have to come out of your shell. The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.