Daily Archives: 4 October 2010

Squirrel Spotting!

They’re agile, cute and furry, and we’re nuts about them! Red squirrels are one of the most loved animals in the UK.

With their distinctive russet fur, tufted ears and twitching tail, a red squirrel is always a captivating sight in the forests of the UK.

Yet these flashes of red are becoming scarcer, with the current population is estimated to be only 160,000.

Support these adorable little creatures with Red Squirrel Week. There are events at selected red squirrel sites across the UK. See http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/?section=events:autumn:redsquirrelweek for details.

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If you’ve had a long day out in the cold squirrel spotting you will need a quick and warming dinner Good Food, Fast: Dairy Cookbook has the answer: Try the truly comforting Quick Cottage Pie.

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Quick Cottage Pie

The perfect comfort food in an unbelievable time!

Quick Cottage Pie from the Good Food, Fast: Dairy CookbookTime 15 minutes
Calories per portion 736 Kcal
Fat per portion 34g
of which saturated 9.3g
Serves 2
Suitable for freezing

Beef mince 250g (9oz)
Onion 1 small, peeled and chopped
Baked beans in tomato sauce 415g can
Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
Dried mixed herbs 1 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chilled flavoured mashed potato 450g pack

1 Heat a large, dry frying pan over a high heat. Add the beef mince and onion and cook, stirring to break up the meat, for 3–4 minutes, until the meat is browned.

2 Stir in the baked beans, Worcestershire sauce, dried mixed herbs, some seasoning and a good dash of water. Simmer rapidly for 3–4 minutes, until thickened and then tip the pie filling into a deep 1.25 litre (2 pint) baking dish.

3 Meanwhile, preheat the grill to hot. Heat the mashed potato according to the pack instructions, spoon on top of the mince and rough up the surface. Pop under the hot grill for a few minutes, until golden and bubbling.

Cook’s Tip
Supermarkets sell flavoured mash, such as colcannon, in the chilled food section. Use plain mash, if you prefer.

Recipe taken from the Good Food, Fast: Dairy Cookbook.

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