Category Archives: Beef



Of Gotham, Alfred and Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie


200g lean rib of beef mince
200g lean lamb mince
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
100g button mushrooms, brushed off and finely chopped
1 medium sized carrot (approx. 100g), finely chopped
3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
3 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves removed and chopped
100ml (½ glass) red wine
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tin (200g) chopped tomatoes
300ml veal stock (you can buy veal stock from good quality supermarkets. If you can’t find it, you can use beef or chicken stock)
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp plain flour
Sunflower oil for frying
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
For the topping
1kg King Edwards or Maris Piper (preferably)
50g unsalted butter
Salt & white pepper

Lightly oil both the lamb and beef mince. Heat a frying pan until smoking and cook the meat, mixing continuously, for about 5 minutes until the meat is a light brown colour. Pour off the excess liquid and put in a dish to one side until the rest of the ingredients are ready.
In the same pan, heat a little oil and gently sweat the shallots, thyme, button mushrooms and carrots for about 8 minutes. Add the mince and mix in the tomato purée and cook for about 5 minutes; then add the chopped tomatoes, red wine and reduce for about 10 minutes. Add flour and mix thoroughly. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; add more Worcestershire sauce if required and then the oregano. Keep to one side.
Preheat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 4.
Peel and cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces. Cook in boiling salted water for around 15 minutes until soft; then drain and return to the pan over a gentle heat to remove any excess moisture. Using an old-fashioned masher or a potato ricer, thoroughly mash the potatoes and mix them with butter and season to taste.
To assemble and serve, put the meat mixture into an oven proof dish. Top with the mashed potato (you can pipe this if you have the time), put into the oven and bake for around 30 minutes. It should turn a nice golden colour.
We serve with buttered peas and carrots at The Ivy.


I made a roast


2016-03-21 17.06.35

A slab of beef, some carrots, potatoes, onions, red peppers and some spices go into a crock pot with no real recipe to base it on.

2016-03-21 18.17.49

8 hours later dinner comes out.

It was good, but a pain in the ass. I won’t be doing this again.


When It’s Good To Go To The Dawg House

2015-03-24 12.12.28


Scooter’s Dawg House!  Not only do they have some of the absolute BEST onion rings around, but check out the dawg! This is a “Long” Bacon & Cheese Dawg and I can’t tell you how delicious it was.  While one of their plainer offerings, it is hard for me to try anything else.


Before becoming so enamored by the Bacon & Cheese Dawg I had a brief relationship with this regular sized Cardinal Dawg, smothered with grilled onions and red peppers.

They also offer the following free condiments to top off your dawg!

Ketchup — Mustard — Onion — Stadium Mustard — Relish — Jalapeño Peppers — Pepper Rings — Dill Pickle Slices — Lettuce — Tomato — BBQ Sauce