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How to make scones

This week we’ve been talking about healthy eating and vegetarians and vegans, and in this video Tina makes a vegetarian version of another classic British dish: shepherd’s pie.

Shepherd’s pie is also called cottage pie. Some people say that shepherd’s pie is made with lamb (from a sheep) and cottage pie is made with beef (from a cow), but really there’s isn’t a lot of difference between the two dishes. It’s a dish of meat with a topping of mashed potato. The version that Tina cooks in the video uses lentils instead of meat.

These are the ingredients she uses for the potato topping:

  • potatoes
  • cheese
  • spring onions
  • frozen peas
  • salt and pepper

and for the lentil base:

  • oil
  • red onion
  • garlic
  • carrots
  • celery
  • a tin of tomatoes
  • a tin of cooked lentils
  • vegetable stock

Look at what Tina said about preparing the potatoes:

I’ve already chopped up three potatoes, so I’ve peeled them, chopped them up and, as you can see, I’ve actually cut them into quite small pieces so they’ll cook.
and then
So you need to put those on the stove, with a little pinch of salt, bring the water to the boil and then just simmer for about fifteen minutes until they’re soft.
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