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What Are You Eating? Or the Last Thing You Ate

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Post by diamondlil » Wed October 15th, 2008, 11:04 am

I think we are talking about different types of mince. Not the fruit mince pies, but meat mince mixture topped with mashed potatoes.
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Post by Carine » Wed October 15th, 2008, 11:08 am

Yes, meat mince pies are the ones I'm talking about as well only the ones in Scotland are with a pastry top.

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Post by diamondlil » Wed October 15th, 2008, 11:13 am

Oh okay. Here they are just called meat pies, hence the confusion.
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Post by pat » Wed October 15th, 2008, 11:18 am

Homemade beef curry and rice, followed by chocolate fingers!

Well, I had been to the gym..... :)
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Post by Vanessa » Wed October 15th, 2008, 12:07 pm

A banana! LOL.
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Post by EC2 » Wed October 15th, 2008, 12:10 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]A banana! LOL.[/quote]

LOL, that was my breakfast!
Just about to go and have slow cooked brisket of beef in red wine with home grown veggies and then leftover apple crumble.
Dinner in the daytime today cos we go to the gym in the early evening and then have a sandwich when we get back.... so like Pat I can eat the naughty stuff knowing I'll be exercising!
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Post by LCW » Wed October 15th, 2008, 3:31 pm

[quote=""diamondlil""].....Not the fruit mince pies, but meat mince mixture topped with mashed potatoes.[/quote]

Here in the US we'd call that a Shepherd's Pie. My Mom used to make those all the time. Love 'em!
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Post by EC2 » Wed October 15th, 2008, 3:38 pm

[quote=""1lila1""]Here in the US we'd call that a Shepherd's Pie. My Mom used to make those all the time. Love 'em![/quote]

Yes, they are still Shepherd's pie in the UK or Cottage Pie.
As I recall, Shepherd's pie was officially supposed to be minced lamb and cottage pie was minced beef, but that's largely been forgotten now. They both describe the meat and mashed potato topping dish.
A mince pie would be a pie made with mincemeat (moist spicy dried fruit mixture)
A Scotch pie would be the kind Carine describes I think with mince and pastry. They tend to be a product from Scotland (obviously!) and available in the more northerly counties of England. We don't have them in Notts except for in some of the major supermarkets.
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Post by LCW » Wed October 15th, 2008, 3:44 pm

Interesting, EC2! My Mom lived in England as a child so her cooking when I was a child was highly influenced by her time there. Sometimes I'm never sure if I'm calling a dish by it's American name or it's Brittish name. She makes Shepherd's Pie with 1/2 lamb 1/2 beef so I always thought that was the proper way to make it. I didn't know about Cottage Pie. That's why I love this thread. It has such interesting tidbits of international food trivia :D !
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Post by EC2 » Wed October 15th, 2008, 3:53 pm

[quote=""1lila1""]Interesting, EC2! My Mom lived in England as a child so her cooking when I was a child was highly influenced by her time there. Sometimes I'm never sure if I'm calling a dish by it's American name or it's Brittish name. She makes Shepherd's Pie with 1/2 lamb 1/2 beef so I always thought that was the proper way to make it. I didn't know about Cottage Pie. That's why I love this thread. It has such interesting tidbits of international food trivia :D ![/quote]

I agree; it is a great thread isn't it. I love learning about each other's culture. :D
The Shepherd's and Cottage names are totally interchangeable these days and nearly every Brit will know what you mean if you refer to either. We eat it about once every four weeks. Not that I'm into a strict regime but mince is a once a week staple and it'll go over a month something like, meatballs, bolognese, shepherd's pie, chilli, then back to meatballs and repeat with the occasional variation.
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