Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Remember the Marrow?


Well here is what my friend done with it , she cooked me Iftar (fast ending meal)
She made a curry of prawns, coconut milk, red pepper and the marrow.
She baked potatoes and we ate it as a jacket potoato topped with the marrow and prawn curry. It was lovely! Thank you dear friend Amatuillah!
The pleasure was all mine having someone cook for me as i don't enjoy my own cooked food so someones elses is delicious!

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie is an English dish, traditionally made with lamb or mutton.
I used beef........ Shepherd's Pie is essentially a casserole, lined with cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked.

To be honest i was a little tried last night and entered the kitchen late to start cooking so it was a little rushed and of couse even though i tried to cook for two ended up with too much.

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.
Serves four.

As i had too much i made extra in the Ramekin dishes

As Ramandan progresses

Fast eleven already ! Subhan Allah we waited so long and now its all moving along , i must say that Allah has made it easy and all the fears that Satan had put into my mind before about it being hard with such a long day until sunset have all been proved wrong alhamduilah.
A picture i took of the moon outside my window last night
its not quite a full moon full.
I have been attending Tarwiyyah prayers just a quick link i googled for those who don't know what they are. Now this is the first time i have been able to attend in my whole Muslim life. So its been a really blessing for me. I have visited two mosques East London and a local one. The experience has been uplifting and warming spiritually and i hope to attend more in years to come as its has really made Ramadan come more alive for doing so not to mention the rewards boost!
On saturday i meet up with Ameena we prayed at the mosque and headed back to mine we ended up staying up all night well until dawn , just chatting , laughing and advicing not to mention munching on snacks. in the morning we assisted Ameena with some shopping for her bridal outfit. It was good fun and i am so glad i got the oppurtunity to help Ameena this way! I must add she is a top lass!

Prayers for Peace

Prayers for Peace