Savory Saturday – Jolly ol’ England

I am having flashbacks of some English food I was “forced” to eat growing up. One included Shepherd’s Pie and I remember absolutely haaaating it! But now I feel like my tastebuds have ‘grown-up’ and that I should give this traditional English dish another try.

Wish me luck:

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice


1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).

2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.

3 Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

4 Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.

5 Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.

6 Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.

7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.

Yield: Serves four.



Fantasy Friday – Happy birthday to my sister!

It’s my fabulous sisters birthday, so I am dedicating my Fantasy Friday destinations to a few of her favorite places:

Her favs:

Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World

Brugge, Belgium

London, England

Las Vegas


Jasper, Alberta

Waterton, Alberta

New York City

Some places I think would be her favs some day:

Vancouver, B.C.




Something to be proud of and ashamed of at the same time

Toronto’s own St. Lawrence Market has been named #1 in National Geographics Top 10 Food Markets.

So proud for my home city to be recognized world wide for something quite delicious and sustainable.

So ashamed that I have only been there a handful of times. But I must agree with the article – it is the freshest pick of meats, cheese, fruits and vegetables I have tasted, and the variety is outstanding:

  1. St. Lawrence, Toronto, Canada

    This farmers market emporium has operated since 1803, when it cohabited with Toronto’s city hall. Redeveloped between the 1970s and 1990s after long neglect, the area’s mix of homes and businesses showcases urban regeneration. More than 120 retailers dispense everything from seafood to coffee.
    Planning: The market is in Toronto’s old town; Saturday is market day.

The other 9, you ask?

  1. Union Square Greenmarket, New York City
  2. Castries Market, St. Lucia
  3. Ver-o-Peso, Belem, Brazil
  4. Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile
  5. Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Singapore
  6. Kauppatori, Helsinki, Finland
  7. La Vucciria, Palermo, Italy
  8. Cours Saleya, Nice, France
  9. Borough Market, London, England

Time to get up early this Saturday and head down to the market. Such a gorgeous area of the city!

Related Articles:

CTV News – St. Lawrence Market

Italy then, and now.

Yesterday, I showed you a photo I took when in Florence, Italy in July two years ago.

Please watch the video from BBC to see what it looks like in Italy right now! Yikes, someone seems to be getting our snow!

BBC News – Snow-covered scenes across Europe.

Also, check out the photo from the Daily Mail:

The Vatican

The Colosseum