Correct me…

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?

Author: suituapui

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6 thoughts on “Correct me…”

  1. Looking at your missus shepherd’s pie really makes me want to sink my teeth into it though I am not a fan of lamb or beef. They look so good. A nice change from the usual rice meal day in day out. But if you marry someone who is a “rice tong” (hope you get what I mean), then it is another story…😊😊

    1. My missus is not so into western stuff but she will cook and eat. My girl enjoys these and I don’t mind sometimes for a change. Same with other cuisines, Japanese, Korean.

      My late father was one who MUST have rice – that was why when he went to New Zealand to visit my brother and his family there, he was quite unhappy unless he could find a Hong Kong takeaway or he ate at home where there was rice…and my mum would cook the usual dishes she would cook at home.

  2. I love both cottage pie and shepherd’s pie.
    There’s also fisherman’s pie, but I don’t really like this because its sauce is slightly salty than the beef or lamb one.

    Lamb mince is actually rather rare in my little kampung, but you can get frozen lamb meat imported from AU/ NZ easily. Local mutton (goat) meat tastes better in satay. By the way, mutton also refers to “sheep” meat here in the UK, which is very odd, not like how we differentiate them in Malaysia.

    1. I don’t know how to differentiate between the two. Here, as far as I know, they call it mutton curry at the Indian and other places…but I do not think there is anybody selling goat’s meat anywhere here – we do have a goat’s milk farm though, have not heard of them selling the meat. All we have is imported lamb from Australia or New Zealand. Ah well! As long as it tastes great, I guess that is all that matters.

  3. I would enjoy eating shepherd’s pie and cottage pie but not so my hubby. He will stick to his own preferences like steak or lamb chop. Your missus’ shepherd’s pie looks so good and delicious.

    1. Well, at least he will go for some western dishes, not like Irene’s hubby. LOL!!! I like lamb chop but not steak – the beef we have here isn’t anything to get excited about.

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