I realized I’ve been doing a lot of top ten lists. And it being 1/1/11, I thought I’s bring in the new year with some # 1’s.
#1 reason for divorce: Marriage
#1 reason I love Canadians: Canadians are nice, even when they’re being mean. Think of a chipper Irish or British person’s speech – inflection, cadence, etc. – except give them American R-sounds. That’s about how Canadians talk. So when they say mean things, they still sound nice! But the reality is that they will never, ever say anything mean because they’re genetically incapable. See, look! Even when they try to be badass, they’re still so lovable! (And Jon Stewart…..)
#1 reason employees get fired: Facebook
#1 reason for going to college: student discounts and ramen
# 1 reason to drop out of college: Facebook (and tuition)
# 1 reason I love chocolate: I think its because I have a vagina or maybe because I’m half Belgian….dunno its a toss up
#1 reason I love Los Angeles: weather
#1 reason I hate Los Angeles: cars……everywhere!
#1 cause of anorexia: with all honesty, hunger!
#1 leading cause of burping: Dr. Pepper. I swear more than any other drink!
#1 reason I am content with myself: I can laugh at myself
#1 reason I blog: because I’m cool
#1 all time favorite british dish: Shepherds Pie!!!!
So to make my “redux” version with sweet potatoes, you will need
- 2tbs butter
- 2tbs flour
- 1 cup chicken/veggie stock
- ground meat (or any fake crumble for you PETA members out there)
- 3 or so medium sweet potatoes (baked and mashed, I personally like mashing them with a little hot milk)
- salt and pepper
- parmesan cheese (optional)
I decided to split this recipe up into two parts.
Part two: Gravy prep. Make a roux which is a fancy culinary term for an equal parts butter to flour ratio. In culinary school, we had to weigh out the butter and flour to be exact. But I have no patience, so a measuring spoon will have to do. Anyhow, melt your butt until it liquefies completely. I used 2 tbs butter with 2 tbs flour, so then add your flour. Mix mix mix on a medium heat until it starts to look a little “blonde” and then add your stock. Bring the heat to low and stir and let it simmer for about 10-15 minuets. Once the gravy is reduced a little and thick, pour it with your meat (mind you, you could also add veggies with the meat, but I just wanted it to be simply meat and potatoes!). Mix the meat with gravy and pour into individual ramekins and then add your mashed sweet potatoes (even pumpkin would work great!). Place in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minute or until the tops turn a little brown. Top with a little parmesan cheese. I like that this is “individual”. I have a problem sharing food…Have any number ones you want to share????