Liz's Teviotdale Pie
Mince (hamburger!). Onions, carrots, celery, any other veg you choose.
Fry onions carrots and celery with some mixed spice, salt and pepper to taste, when onions are transparent add mince.
Use some beef stock (or if using other mince e.g. chicken - using corresponding stock), add some worcester sauce (not sure if you have that - could try bbq sauce or anything with some flavouring!), possibly tomato puree or even soup. Add any other veggies that you want (either left overs or frozen or whatever you fancy!). So at the end you have a nice thick mince stew with veggies in - full of flavour. (mine changes every time I do it depending on ingredients to hand). Put it into an oven proof dish - I use a roasting tin for size, but any sort of dish would be OK.
Then make the topping. This is a suet type of dumpling/scone topping.
About half fat to flour - I use lots because I do a big one for the family, but a family of four probably 8oz flour to 4oz fat.
SO: flour with some baking powder, fat (I use suet -either beef or vegetable suet, margarine would make a lighter topping), some herbs - to taste. Then using a knife to stir (I always use a knife, don't know why - you could anything you like really!) - add water (or a mixture of water and milk) until you have a nice really thick batter. Then pour/spoon/splodge the batter over the top of the mince. Cook it in a fairly hot oven for about 30 mins - until it has risen and is a golden brown colour. It is heavy and filling, but can be really tasty too depending on what you have added to it.
This is much the same as above, but you have scone topping instead of dumpling type topping.
FLour, baking powder, just under half the amount of butter (i.e. 8 oz flour/3oz butter), 1 egg and about 2 fl oz milk. You can leave out the egg and use about 1/4pt milk. Make a thick dough that you can roll out. Tip it out onto a floured surface, knead it a little, then roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick - using a cookie cutter cut out rounds that you pop on top of the mince mixture, again cook for about 20 mins to about 1/2 hour at a medium to hot oven - till nicely risen and a golden brown colour. This is less heavy than the teviotdale pie.
Easy pancake somethingorother. (A very easy quick meal)
Make a stack of thin pancakes (or cheat and use wraps). Fill them with a good flavoured mince mixture - like a wrap - then lay them in an oven proof dish - allow at least 1 per person. If there is any mixture left over you can either put it on top of the pancake/wraps or keep to one side to just dish a bit more up on each persons plate! Then pour over some mushroom soup - you can be good and make your own, or you can cheat and buy a can! I would use at least two cans, maybe 3 - for a smaller family probably 1 would do. Then grate some cheese on top and pop it in the oven until the cheese is all nice and bubbly - and the whole thing is hot right through.
You can make this with lamb mince or beef mince (or anyother mince you like - just vary the flavourings). Again make up a nice flavoured mince mixture - possibly adding things like peppers/courgettes (zucchini)/aubergines for a slightly mediterannean flavour.
Make a stack of thin large pancakes. Now layer the mince and the pancakes - similar to a lasagne.
Top the whole thing off with a white cheese sauce and grated cheese on top. In the oven to melt and brown the cheese.
Then there is always a curry. Mince (sorry, hamburger) can be made into a mild curry or a really hot one - depending on your preference.
Hope this adds a little to the cookbook!! All of the meals are cheap and easy and fairly quick to do.
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