When a maternal uncle of mine was living in Sibu, we would get to eat his shepherd’s pies at family gatherings, something so special at the time that everyone would look forward to. Well, that was what we called it even though it had beef, not lamb, as its filling.
Eventually, I started making my own and I went on calling it a shepherd’s pie too – you would not find me using lamb as it was not easy to come by before and it was not that popular – many were not all that fond of the smell. I even used canned corned beef once before. Why, even Secret Recipe calls theirs shepherd’s pie when there is no lamb in theirs either.
I do not remember when or who corrected me but in this 2011 post, I did get it right and this was what I said at the time: I have assumed all this while that they are just different names for the same thing…as they look the same – on the outside at least. It seems that cottage pies have beef filling while shepherd’s pies use lamb instead.
According to Wiki, the term cottage pie was in use by 1791 while the term shepherd’s pie did not appear until 1854, and was initially used synonymously with cottage pie, regardless of whether the meat was beef or mutton/lamb. However, in the UK since the 21st century, the term shepherd’s pie is used more commonly when the meat is lamb.
Well, talking about shepherd’s pies, my missus made this very awesome one…
…the other day.
Yes, it was a shepherd’s pie all right, not a cottage pie. My missus cooked this delicious lamb stew and used it as the filling…
Wiki says that in early cookery books, the dish is given as a way of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined on the sides and bottom with mashed potato, as well as having a mashed potato crust on top.
There was quite a lot to go round…
…enough for the three of us for lunch as well as for dinner that day and there were carrots inside and those, plus the mashed potatoes used as the pie cover, made it a complete meal in itself, a one-dish meal, so to speak.
We sure enjoyed the pie very much that day, a great change from our usual rice plus a few dishes menu that we would normally have almost every day – more to come in tomorrow’s blogpost. You’ll stick around, won’t you?