It was something like this:
When I saw the recipe for 'Crispy Potato topped lamb and lentil pie' in this month's Super Food Ideas I wanted to try it, and my food processor slicer has broken, and as much as the thought of slicing potatoes that thin seemed like good remedial therapy - I knew I had to face my fears. I needed to buy that mandolin. Many foodie friends of mine rave about theirs - and their fingers are still attached to the hands right? I really should stop being a baby? They must have moved on a bit with the technology right?
I thought about all the other things I could use it for. Potato bake, batons, cheese. Right-o. I was ready to invest. So I got myself a zyliss one. It's pretty good actually, and no need to touch what your slicing, the guide you hold takes it all the way down to nothing.
Lastly, I need to disclose that this is NOT exactly the recipe at Superfood ideas - I adapted based on ingredients :)
- 800g lamb mince (I minced 1.2kg of forequarter chops!)
- 2 medium brown onions, diced
- 2 tb oil
- 2 x 400g diced tomatoes
- 1 tin cannellini beans
- 1 1/2 tsp dried herbs - or whatever you like from the garden (I used thyme, rosemary and parsley)
- 1 beef stock cube
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 10 fresh beans, chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 tb tomato paste
- 800g new potatoes, washed and sliced thinly
In a frypan or large saucepan heat the oil and add the brown onion and fry until transparent. Add the lamb, bit by bit and brown also.
Whilst it is browning, chop up your herbs, I love having fresh herbs in the garden, and chopping them up and taking in their perfume makes me feel quite virtous!
Add the herbs, then the vegetables - fry off for about 3-4 minutes then add the beans - the whole tin including the water and then the beef cube and diced tomato. Simmer for about another 5 or so minutes.
Then you can get using the mandoline! See how the potato just fits in the top... that means I can hold the edges and away from those scary blades. It will work it's way down until there's no more potato... no pushing with fingers at all!
Then take off the foil and cook for a further 20 minutes - I like my potato nice and crispy - but you might not so just bake it until it's golden brown on top.
Serve! In the words of Dora: Delizioso!
Do you have a fear of the mandoline or any other kitchen/house appliance?
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