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Friday, November 17, 2017

Shepherd's Pie or Cottage Pie? All comfort on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

On Saturday, I will be presenting Shepherd's Pie for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Nadia Kidwai.

I adapted the Gordon Ramsay's recipe.  He uses red wine, I used stout, to bring out the richness of the lamb.  You can watch the video at the bottom of the blog entry.  No language warning required!

This dish really highlights some of the great products of Manitoba, from the lamb, potatoes, carrots, etc., to the eggs and butter.  If you don't have access to ground lamb, you can change this recipe to Cottage Pie by using ground beef.  The St. Norbert's Farmer's Market has excellent ground beef at Wildfire Farms and Manitoba Beef.

Shepherd's Pie

1-2 lbs minced lamb (amounts vary according to your baking dishes) I used Spiritsands Shepherds lamb from Carberry, Manitoba, by Gerry Oliver.  She can be reached for outside of Winnipeg, at

2 shallots, thinly sliced
1-3 peeled and grated carrots
3 cloves garlic, minced
3-5 Russet potatoes, peeled and boiled
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp chopped rosemary
1 tsp dried chilies
1/2 cup (+) good tomato paste (ie, not Hunt's, but there are fantastic tomato pastes from Turkey available at Millad's Supermarket)
1 cup stock, or more (I used lamb stock but use chicken)
1 can rich stout
salt, and pepper, to tastes
1 or 2 egg yolks, or up to 1 cup cream or buttermilk
1/4 cup butter
pinch nutmeg
up to 1 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano
olive oil, for cooking

Heat a deep saucepan to medium high heat.  Add a drizzle of olive oil and brown the minced lamb.  Drain off the lamb, when browned, and keep in a bowl.  Cook the sliced shallots and add the browned lamb when the shallots are translucent.  Add the minced garlic, grated carrots and seasonings.  Then stir in the tomato paste, stock, and stout. 

While that is simmering, cook the peeled potatoes until they slide off of the fork when tested.  Drain and put potatoes through a ricer for a delicate texture or mash.  Add butter, egg yolks nutmeg, salt and pepper, and grated Parmesan Reggiano.  Mix until smooth but not gummy.

Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Spoon minced lamb mixture into baking dish and then spoon on the potato mash.  Top with more Parmesan and fork for a baked design.  Bake for 20+ minutes, depending on the size of your baking dish, until browned and bubbling.  Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes. 

Serve with a green salad.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Manitoba Grilled Roast Beef and cheese sandwiches

I made these Manitoba grilled roast beef and cheese for CBC’s Weekend Morning Show with Nadia Kidwai. Roast beef ready sliced by Manitoba Beef, Sourdough Pumpernickel Rye by Old Church Bakery, “Trappist” cheese, as a new product to come. Mostarda, Beef, and Bread are available on every other Saturday at St.Norbert’s Farmer’s Market at the Eagles Club from 10-1.

Sourdough Pumpernickel Rye - Old Church Bakery
Roast Beef - Manitoba Beef
"Trappist" cheese - TBA from Loaf and Honey
Mostarda - from KarenFood
Dijon Mustard
Notre Dame Butter

Build your sandwich with these lovely ingredients and place on medium high heat pan with butter melted in the pan.  Turn over sandwich when browned.  Finish sandwich when cheese is melted.  Cut and serve immediately.