Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Well, my friends, there's a good chance I have strep throat. My throat has been awful today and my friend, Ann (of Thibeault's Table), has made me promise to call the doctor in the morning if I don't wake up any better. So today was a day of comfort foods... things that were easy on the throat. This afternoon I sipped on soup made with orzo and rich homemade chicken stock I keep stored in the freezer. For dinner, I had taken some ground chuck out of the freezer, and Ann again came to my rescue and suggested reverse shepherd's pie... ground chuck browned with some chopped onion, minced garlic, and whatever vegetables I could come up with. I seasoned the mixture with Worcestershire, a little tomato paste, beef broth, and thyme, simmering it for about 45 minutes. About 10 minutes before it finished simmering, I mixed a little soft butter with some Wondra flour to thicken up the mixture. In the meantime, I cooked peeled potatoes until they were tender, then mixed them with some butter and milk, seasoning them with salt and pepper. Once they cooled down just a little, I put them in a bag with a star tip and piped them into a small baking dish/pan, and then baked it in the oven at about 450 F. for about 20 - 25 minutes, until the potatoes browned up a little. Once the potatoes were done, I spooned the meat mixture into the potato 'crust'. Whoa - this was so good. Perfect comfort food (of which I seem to be in dire need of lately...). Leftovers for tomorrow, too. Love that!