SHEPHERD’S PIE WITH CREAMY RICE TOPPING

It’s a cold, windy winter’s day here in Melbourne today, so this Shepherd’s Pie sounds like the ideal meal for tonight.  This recipe is a bit different as the topping is rice, cheese and cream instead of the traditional potato. It comes from a Women’s Weekly Rice and Easy supplement Mum pulled out and kept back.

SHEARERS STEW AND DUMPLINGS

On a cold winter’s day in Melbourne the idea of a lamb stew for dinner is very appealing.  I love the name of this one that was published by the Herald Sun back in July 1992 – not quite sure that a shearer ever made it, but you never know it’s certainly hearty enough.

BEEF CASSEROLE WITH CORN TOPPING

Looking through Mum’s recipes there’s quite a lot that use tinned sweet corn, not something that’s used much these days.  This savoury beef casserole topped with creamed corn is a bit unusual, but as it says the corn adds some sweetness to the standard savoury mince so it could be worth trying.

SAVORY LAMB CHOP BAKE

Winter is only four days away here in Victoria, so it’s time to start thinking of hearty winter casseroles.  The combination of tomato sauce, vinegar, curry powder and brown sugar in this recipe reminds me of another one I make, which has pumpkin instead of the potato in it.  The good thing with this recipe is that you probably have all the ingredients in the cupboard so it can be a last minute decision to make it.

SPICY LAMB AND COUSCOUS PIE

This recipe comes from an Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Pies without Pastry’ liftout dated August 1994.  I love the first paragraph explaining what couscous is and where you can buy it.  It was obviously a very new ingredient back then, quite a contrast to how easy it is to find in every supermarket now.