I think the last time we flew back home was in December for Christmas of last year, so obviously a trip was long over due. It was a little hectic planning and arranging times to see everyone since we were only staying for the weekend. But it was really lovely seeing all of the fam fam. Here are some photos from Friday where we spent the entire day with my brother (Daisy) and sister (The Beast). We started out the day eating pizza at Pieology (described as the Chipotle for pizza) then ate ourselves into a food coma with ice cream from Farrell’s. The diner has an all american theme to it and they are known for their over the top ice cream sundays. The plan was to end the day on a hot air balloon in Irvine but our plan failed miserably due to my sister and I losing track of time while shopping. Luckily Daisy was still able to go and enjoy it with his girlfriend, Nicolle since he was the responsible one out of all of us. To make up for it the beast, her boyfriend(Tim Tim) , Ian and I went miniature golfing. I can’t remember the last time I played but it was a lot of fun. After mini golf we met up with Daisy and Nicolle only to drive to some bowling alley and bowl for two hours. Still can’t believe we did so much on Friday, we certainly were exhausted the next morning.
This entire summer I’ve been craving pub food. So when one day out of the blue Ian said he wanted to make a cottage pie I jumped at the chance of watching him make it. It really bugs him when we go to restaurants and on the menu is a shepherd’s pie with ground beef. In case your wondering its quite simple: shepherd’s pie=ground lamb and cottage pie= ground beef. It’s in the name and in case you ever find yourself confused ask yourself, “what does a shepherd herd?”
What you’ll need:
-A good mashing potato
– Worcestershire sauce
1. Preheat oven 400ºF
2. Boil potatoes (Make sure to cut the potatoes into large equal sizes because you don’t want to end up with watery mashed potatoes if they are cut too small)
3. Brown ground beef ( If you want to be healthy drain excess fat but make sure to keep some of the fat)
4. Saute Veggies (Remember that extra fat that you kept, pour this on to veggies, will give extra flavor)
5. Once potatoes are boiled, mash, and then let them cool
6. Pour beef/veg mix into casserole dish.
7. Add mashed potatoes on top.
*We decided to go fancy by pipping the mashed potatoes using a zip lock bag. Spreading the mashed potatoes on to the top will do just fine. Keep in oven for about 30 minutes. Once it has a golden crisp add cheese and broil for 5 minutes.