Autumn is well under way and with winter fast approaching, comfort food is the order of the day especially for family dinners. There’s nothing quite like a hearty roast, a warming casserole or a family favourite of ours, shepherds pie on a cold blustery day. These dishes fit the bill so well for Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) new winter campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI as the perfect wholesome comfort food. I needed no encouragement to get cooking as we’re a family who loves our Scotch beef and lamb and to help, QMS sent me this lovely comfort box full of cosy goodies.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be cooking a range of healthy and nutritious comfort food meals that are guaranteed to provide satisfying dinners that all the family will love.
The first dish, shepherds Pie was traditionally made with the leftover meat from Sundays roast and would be served up for dinner on Monday. The meat would be minced and my mother talks of also using leftover vegetables by mincing them with the meat to make the base for the pie. If I’m lucky enough to have leftover meat it’s how I like to make shepherds pie but in the absence cooked meat I use minced lamb.
This is real tasty comfort food and I’ve been making this recipe for 30 years and to be honest it’s never really changed much. When the boys were small they loved it with baked beans but as they’ve got older I serve it with whatever seasonal vegetables are available.
More information about cooking with variety of cuts videos, recipes and recipe booklets can be found at Scotch Beef and Lamb and at Scotch Butchers Club where you’ll also find a list of Scotch Butchers Club members in your area. Scotch beef and Scotch lamb is among the best in the world and has been awarded PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and only farms, cattle and sheep that meet the stringent standards laid down by Quality Meat Scotland are eligible be called Scotch beef and lamb. To be confident when buying meat, look for the blue Scotch beef and Lamb label and PGI logo. That way you can be assured that what you’re buying is quality lamb, born and bred in Scotland to the the QMS standard.
I was sent the comfort box along with a £20 Scotch Butchers Club voucher by QMS. I was not expected to provide a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own