The cold is already in the country and that calls for a wholesome and comforting meal. One of my favourite dishes on cold days is definitely the shepherds pie. I found this amazing recipe on the website of http://www.veganeasy.org, but for those who know me… you know I had to adapt as I love spicy food.
Ingredients (serves 2):
1 sweet potato
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 zucchini, diced
1 large carrot, diced
125 grams mushrooms (we used oyster mushrooms), cut into big chunks
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1/2 can tomatoes
1 tablespoon mixed herbs ( we used rosemary, thyme, oregano)
1 tablespoon vegetable stock
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 red chili pepper (only if you like your food hot and spicy)
Salt and cayenne pepper
Heat oven to 200°C – 390°F
Peel potatoes, halve or quarter them depending on their size, then cook in boiling water with 1 teaspoon vegetable stock until soft. Mash and set aside until the sauce is ready.
While potatoes are cooking you can prepare the sauce. Heat a little oil in a large saucepan. Add onions and red chili pepper. Cook for a minute or two until soft and just starting to brown.
Add zucchini and carrot, cook for a further minute or two until they are beginning to soften.
Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs and 2 tablespoons of vegetable stock to the pan and stir well. Add the water after 5 minutes.
Cook on a medium heat, until all vegetables are soft, approximately 15 minutes. Stir through frozen peas and mushrooms, cook for another 5 minutes
Pour half of the sauce mixture into a large oven proof dish. Spread half of the potatoes evenly over the top of the sauce, pour the other half of the sauce mixture and finish with the potatoes and roughen the surface a little with a spoon.
Bake in the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes, until the top is browned slightly.
Have a lovely meal Foodies!