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Keema Cottage Pie

Keema Cottage Pie

We had a small pack of mince Beef (300g) with a yellow sticker, so Sue decided to make a variation on the Cottage Pie theme. Traditional Cottage Pie meets The Eat Indian Trading Co.!!!!!!

Filling Ingredients:-

1 Onion, finely diced
½ Tsp of Turmeric
2 Tsp of Garam Masala
1 Tsp of Cumin Seeds
2 TSP of fresh Ginger, minced
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Tsp of Chilli Flakes
1 Tsp of Ground Coriander
300g of lean Beef mince
1 Tin of chopped Tomatoes
100g of Frozen Peas
1 Large Carrot, finely sliced
400g of Beef Stock
1 Tbsp of Tomato Puree
Oil to fry

For the topping


4 Medium Potatoes, peeled of cubed
A dash of Milk
A knob of Butter
1 Egg yoke
1 Tsp of Turmeric
Salt and Pepper to season


(1) In a little Oil fry the Onion and Garlic until the Onion is translucent.
(2) Add all the spices.
(3) Add minced Beef and fry until it is browned.
(4) Stir in the Tomato Puree, tinned Tomatoes and Stock.
(5) Allow to simmer for 20 minutes to reduce.
(6) Add the frozen Peas and stir in.
(7) Boil and mask the Potatoes.
(8) Add the Milk, Butter and Turmeric and combine.
(9) Stir in the Egg Yoke.
(10) Spoon the filling mix into oven proof dishes and add the Potato mix to the top.
(11) Place in a preheated oven at 180c and cook for 20 minutes until the Potato has browned on the top.

We served the excess filling on the side and dressed with a bit of fresh Parsley. It might not look pretty, but it tasted really good!

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Chicken of The Woods recipe

As might be clear to some, I’m quite into Mushroom foraging! At the weekend I was out working in central York and happened across a clump of Laetiporus sulphureus (Commonly known as Chicken of The Woods or simply COTW) on an ornamental Plum tree. It took me a few days to gain access as it was behind a tall metal railed fence in the grounds of The Merchant Adventures Hall. But I bagged a decent portion the other day, so we went sort of ‘Buffet style’ last night.

We used the same batter for the Tokneneng (Battered Eggs) and the Chicken of The Woods.

Batter ingredients:-

2 Eggs, whisked
Plain Flour (Gluten free for us)
Hot Chilli Powder
Garlic Salt
Onion Salt
Baking powder
Soda Water


(1) Cut the COTW into rough nuggets, scraping off an debris on the upper surface.
(2) Mix Butter Milk, Garlic Salt and the juice of a Lemon and soak the nuggets overnight.
(3) Mix the batter and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
(4) Dredge the nuggets in Cornflour and then dunk in the batter mix.
(5) Fry and drain in small batches.

We served them with a dressed salad, Bacon and Tomato Pin Wheels, micro Pizzas and some DIY dips. Effectively clearing a few stray bit & bots out of the fridge!


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