Lentil and Pork Cottage Pie


I hate apologies but I feel that I must apologize for what must feel to you like yet another mindless-fluff-post from me.  I'm getting to serious things I promise.  I'm reacquainting myself with how I feel about the world.  I'm reading again and that's always a good sign.  I've been getting more than 4 hrs sleep a night since I've been back and that's a good thing too.  Despite that though, between all the crazy shit going on in the world and my own semi-permanent 'fuzz', the week has felt scattered and off at best.  Nothing has stayed in my brain long enough to congeal into something even close to custard or jello let alone concrete.  So again, you are going to get some fluffy, random, scattered, possibly weird, hopefully mildly amusing thoughts.
This is the first thing that I downloaded upon arriving back in Canada... and I mean I downloaded it in the airport.  Serious.  (I had a conversation with someone while away about music.  Yet another person who only listens to music to drown out white noise in the car on the way to work.  What?  I can't even begin to understand - I will try)
This is the second and by far the best for me.  It's blowing me away right now... all of it.
These songs got me through some very strange bus rides through Italy and some beautiful views.
Some of my Hero's (They would must certainly cringe at my vocabulary) are going to be speaking at this conference that I'm going to.  I'm beyond excited.  It's like they're rock stars to me.  And I'm weird.
Oh really?  For #$%@ sake.


I can't find word to express how much doing this on my lunch hour helped me get through the rest of the day and, in fact, the whole week.
In case you were wondering, not only did D and Kid #1 and #2 manage just fine without me around, D and I have subsequently had a conversation about me backing off more at home and giving him some more space with the kids and in the kitchen.  Shizam.  I took the opportunity to go out for a drink after work the very next day.
I seriously need to update my favourite blogs because honestly there is nothing that this blogger writes that I couldn't get behind 100% right now and this blogger makes me laugh out loud often.
I saw this 'salad' and nearly fell off my chair.  I have to make it... but not as salad.
I've always suspected this about cupcakes.  Haven't you?  There is something so rightly wrong about them.  They're aw'some'ful... I kinda want one right now.  But not really because....
Oddly, since I left Canada up to now - even now - I've been watching my sugar and chocolate appetite decline significantly.  I don't know why but I'm rolling with it.  If I don't feel like eating sugar or chocolate then I don't eat it.  This may be temporary or not.  Who cares.  What I do feel like eating are eggs.  I ate eggs almost exclusively when I got back.  Two meals a day.  Eggs with toast.  Eggs have to be sunny side up and the yolks have to be runny.  The eggs must be sprinkled with a little salt.  Today I ate eggs (sunny side up of course) over spinach with a little cheese and some tomatillo salsa that I made last summer.  I'm swapping out chocolate for eggs.


In my attempts to stretch a dollar and sneak lentils into a meal without D noticing - which incidentally did not work because as soon as he tasted it D said 'This tastes beany' (jeez) - I created this twist on my usual Cottage Pie or Shepherd's Pie or whatever the hell you want to call it because there is some kind of rule out there about what you are supposed to call it when it's pork or beef or lamb or lentils or tofu.  I don't care... I thought it tasted good - maybe only slightly beany.


Lentil and Pork Cottage Pie
serves 4 - 6

1 cup Puy Lentils (the tiny dark ones)
4 cups water
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp mixed herbs
1 tbsp honey
1 veggie boullion cube
1 lg clove garlic, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp ketchup
1 lb ground pork
1 med/small onion, diced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 cup corn
1 cup peas (you could use frozen green beans or something if peas aren't your thing)

For the Mash Topping:
5 -6 sm potatoes (3 - 4 if using med/lg) cubed
2 cups celeriac, cubed
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cheddar or fontina cheese, shredded
1 tsp salt

Day before:
Combine the lentils, water, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey, veggie bouillon, garlic and ketchup together in a heavy bottomed sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 1 hr.  Cool and leave in fridge overnight to marinate.
Next day:  Warm them up again and then throw them into a blender or use an immersion blender to puree them to the texture of goop - oatmeal kinda goop... not sure what other word I would use here.
Simultaneously:
1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F
2.  Throw the potatoes and celeriac into a large pot of water and bring to a boil for about 10 - 12 minutes (or until softened)... then drain.  Mash well and add in the butter, milk, cheese (reserve a little cheese to sprinkle on top of the casserole at the end) and salt.  Check the tastes, adjust and set aside.
3.  Heat a heavy bottomed dutch oven or caste iron (oven proof) casserole dish over med. heat.  Once heated add about 3 tbsp of oil or lard and throw in the onion, garlic and carrot.  Cook together for about 5 minutes and then add in the ground pork.  Cook together for another 5 minutes and then turn the heat down to med/low.  Add in the ketchup and the pureed lentil mixture.  Check the tastes and adjust if necessary (maybe a little salt or add a little water if it's too thick for example).  On top of the meat/lentil mixture place the corn and peas.  On top of the corn and peas spoon the potato/celeriac mixture so that it totally covers everything underneath.  Sprinkle with a little cheese on the top.
Bake for about 30 - 35 minutes or until you see that the meat mixture is bubbling up the sides a little and the top is turning golden.
Cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

2 comments:

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هل تعاني من الكثير من الحشرات المزعجة فى منزلك, وتريد ان تتخلص منها بطريقة امنة
تقدم لكم خدمة القضاء الحشرات بالدمام للقضاء التام على كل انواع الحشرات التي تسبب الكثير من الامراض,
فسكان المملكة السعودية معروضون الى اصابة منازلهم دائما بالحشرات لان المناخ صحراوي بالمملكة
ولذلك عملينا العزيز يجب عليك فورا التخلص من تلك الحشرات اذا ظهرت لكى لا تتكاثر بمنزلك وتسبب لك الكثير من الامراض الخطيرة على صحتك وعلى صحة اسرتك
كثير من سكان المملكة السعودية تصاب منازلهم بالحشرات المزعجة والتي تسبب الكثير من المتاعب في الكثير من الأُسر ,
نحن في شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالدمام نقوم بتخليصك من كل الحشرات المزعجة الى الابد وعدم رجوعها ابدا
شركة تنظيف بالقطيف
شركة تسليك مجاري بالقطيف
شركة تسليك مجارى براس تنوره
شركة تسليك مجارى بالجبيل
فنحن ذو خبرة لأعوام في مكافحة الحشرات ورش المبيدات نتخلص من كل الحشرات المزعجة وذلك عن طريق عمالة مدربة جيداً وذو خبرة ممتازة في مكافحة الحشرات عمالتنا
يقومون بالتخلص من الحشرات باستخدام المبيدات اللازمة الأمنة .
شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام
نقوم بالتخلص من كافة انواع الحشرات مثل الصراصير وحشرات النمل الابيض,
وأيضا مكافحة بق الفراش, و مكافحة الخنافس و النمل الاسود و مكافحة حشرات العته ايضا مكافحة الفئران,
و مكافحة الثعابين ومكافحة جميع انواع الحشرات الاخرى السامة والغير سامة .
شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخبر
إطمن دائما معنا فلدينا عمالة ماهرة في مكافحة الحشرات فان كنت تعاني من الحشرات فلن تجد افضل من شركتنا
العمالة لدينا مخصصة لمكافحة الحشرات حيث يقومون بالتخلص من كافة انواع الحشرات مع العلم ان كل حشرة لها مبيد حشري معين,
تلك العمالة تتوصل ايضا الى المكان الذي تأتي منه تلك الحشرات فان كانت تلك الحشرات الموجودة بمنزلك صراصير
فلابد ان يوجد مكان في منزلك يدخل من خلاله تلك الصراصير والتوصل لذلك المكان هو الحل لنصف المشكلة
وبعد ذلك نتخلص من الحشرات بسهولة تامة الموجودة بالمنزل بسهولة لاننا ذات خبرة طويلة في مكافحة حشرات بالدمام,
توجد المئات من شركات المكافحة للحشرات بالمملكة و التي تقدم كل خدمات رش المبيدات ومكافحة الحشرات
ولكننا في شركتنا نتميز عن باقي الشركات بالعديد من الاشياء والتى تجعلنا من افضل الشركات واهمها
واساسها الخبرة والسعر والمستوى والعمالة

hamada wady said...

شركة سبق كلين تقدم افضل الخدمات في مجال التنظيف وكم اننا نستخدم افضل المعدات المان جدا على صحه الانسان شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة
وكم يوجدا لدينا افضل شركات نقل الغفش المستعمل والجديد ويوجدا لدينا افضل الدينات النقل الغفش بحرص تام شركة نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة ويوجدا لدينا ايدانا افضل الخدمات في مكافحة الحشرات
شركة مكافحة حشرات بمكة
وكم يوجدا لدينا افضل الخدمات في مجال تركيب الكاميرات وتوصيل النت في الشقق والفلل والمنطق العام
شركة تركيب كاميرات وتوصيل نت بالدمام

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