So tonight it is shepherd's pie (or is it cottage pie I never know the difference?) with homegrown carrots!
500g premium mince beef
4 medium carrots diced or grated
1 onion diced
4 cloves of garlic crushed
750ml homemade stock I used a dark chicken because that's what i had just made but you can definitely used beef! (if you can't make your own buy the liquid stuff *please please read the ingredient list* and please please not the *insert rude word here* cubes/powder with all the artificial flavours colours preservatives and God only knows what else!!!!)
pepper to taste
mash potato (or a combination of potato and sweet potato or any other veggie you like)
grated cheese to top around 50-100g
Sweat off the onion and garlic and carrot until soft and try not to colour too much.
Remove from pan. Fry mince meat breaking it up as much as you can. Season with pepper only (as the stock will reduce and can be quite salty. Taste at the end to see if you need more salt.)
Add the stock and reduce down until you have a nice gravy (should take 30 - 45 mins)
While stock is reducing start boiling the potatoes to make the mash.
I left the skin on the baby potatoes that I mashed.
Place under the broiler until golden brown. It should take 5-10 minutes.