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23 February 2006 @ 10:37 am
the corner of sick and pie  
Stayed home sick yesterday (well, stayed in Azeroth sick anyway). Still feeling kind of blah. Then this morning, people were hovering around my cubical so I couldn't post in livejournal. Stupid people.

Right now I'm fantasizing about making Shepherd's Pie this weekend, which is expected to be a cold one and listening to some crazy new song by the Fiery Furnaces.

Listening to: The Fiery Furnaces - "Teach Me Sweetheart"
poshgeordielad on February 23rd, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
Blah or blerrrrh
You have to tell us your syptoms so that we can all tell you that ours are wusser. If it helps I have been blerrrhy for several days; there is an English Disease stalking the land. I hope you know that Shepherd's Pie is a Scottish dish, and is not the same as Cottage Pie. Lancashire Hotpot is more the thing for cold days, just keep throwing bits of dead animal meat and marrow bones and veggies into the pot and leave it simmer for a day or two. We Limeys have just acquired some of your recent weather, albeit somewhat diluted. Snowier oop North as we say so quaintly down here in the South. Excellent bottom today.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: museum: amy crehore 1assmonkeydiary on February 23rd, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Blah or blerrrrh
Yeah, I'd be using beef, rather than lamb. Here in America, we'll call mashed potatoes over any kind of meat Shepherd's Pie, language vandals that we are. I wonder why the term Cottage Pie never took off here. I imagine the original Shepherd's Pie recipe probably got Americanized by suburban housewives of the 50s who had trouble getting lamb in their supermarkets.
poshgeordielad on February 23rd, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Blah or blerrrrh
So that would be boeuf au bergere or thereabouts. Or just minced beef avec carrots et gravy et le mash. I'm really quite distressed at the though of Shepherd's Pie with beef; there has to be a better way. Or has this more to do with your colon-threatening beef addiction?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: museum: lefor openo quel dosassmonkeydiary on February 23rd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Blah or blerrrrh
Well, a craving for comfort food in the face of winter weather is the primary reason, my beef addiction would be the second.

Is the thought of Shepherd's Pie with beef really so distressing?
poshgeordielad on February 23rd, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Blah or blerrrrh
It is because us Geordie lads are just Scotsmen with their brains bashed oot, and lamb is de rigeur for Cottage Pie. The beef equivalent would be served with boiled rather than mashed tetties, on the presumption that the gravy would be that much more succulent. Shepherd's Pie was and is the cheap option, especially for the impecunious shepherd, who would not have had access to Le Boeuf anyway, up on't moors.

I'm going home now by the way; it's gone six here, and the mome raths outgrabe and gwindle in the wabe, or something. Say Goodnight Gracie. Goodnight Gracie.