Lockdown Larder – Day 44

The last steak & mushroom pie – and colcannon potatoes


It was with delight I found a third family-sized steak & garlic mushroom pie in the freezer, and that felt like a Friday night dinner. I usually make mashed potatoes with it, but I had some silverbeet leaves to use, so I turned the mash into an Irish dish, Colcannon potatoes. Kinda. The authentic dish is made with cabbage, and LOTS of butter, but mine was a lighter version.

I shredded the (small amount of) silverbeet, and steamed it over the boiling spuds, then set it aside while I mashed the potatoes with butter and milk. Plenty of milk, to make it creamy and luscious. Then I stirred the cooked silverbeet through the mash, added salt and pepper, and a blob of butter on top, to melt into it.



Pie + colcannon + peas = hearty dinner. All washed down with a bottle of beer. Well, it is Friday 😊




New Zealand is still under Lockdown restrictions. This blog intends to avoid the bad news about rising numbers of victims. It focuses instead on food, and the challenges of cooking fresh meals every day – with the ingredients from my larder. A much nicer message 😊


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