Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shepherd's Pie

This is one of my favourite 'easy, cheap eats'. Originally this was a recipe to use up leftover roast meat, gravy, veggies and potato BUT times have changed a little.
Unfortunately now because we are eating pasture fed meats the roast meats are much more expensive than mince, so we tend not to buy roast with the view of having left overs. So, economically this dish is probably cheaper to create with mince!
Please enjoy my classic Shepherd's Pie, everything is from the pantry, remember this also purees well for baby (freeze in ice cube trays or portion tubs). If it is a little to thick for baby just add some puree veggies when reheating.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Interesting thoughts from an episode of "Cheese Slices"

I have recently started watching a program on the ABC called Cheese Slices. The host who is a master of cheese takes you to different parts of the world and explains the hows and why's of artisan cheese. I had to have a small giggle to myself checking out the website as there are 'cheese photos' which are like cheese lover's porn....seriously have a look!
This week's episode was on Parmigiano-Reggiano, coming from the north of Italy from the town(s) also famous for parma ham. It was actually facinating to hear how this process has not changed for hundreds of years - what was really interesting is the government regulations on how the cheese is made, to keep its authenticity and quality.
The cows only come from certain areas close by and only certain slopes on the countryside - they are also only fed grass and hay from the local area!
Interesting that in one country they value the differences between grain and grass fed cows milk yet most westerners would be hard pressed to know there WAS a difference!
This was very interesting that quality went hand in hand with natural-ness - now that IS food for thought.

The other interesting part of the episode is when the host sits down with the cheese maker's family and eats a pasta lunch with lots of grated parmigano-reggiano on top. The comment is made about "eating like this everyday" to which the family replied "we eat this for lunch everyday".
This to me shows the difference in western diets again,  we are so hung up on choices! I am starting to wonder what is really so wrong with eating only a small selection of foods everyday?? (providing they are good...of course!)