Yesterday I wanted to be brave and cook in the kitchen. I have stated before that I am not that good at cooking. I am good at warming things up and basic cooking. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day we made cookies and I made shepard’s pie (English or Scottish in origin- I know not exactly Irish, but pretty close, and I wasn’t about to attempt to make Irish Soda Bread).
First we went to the grocery for the ingredients. Arriving home I started by cooking the meat and boiling water for the potatoes. Next I peeled the potatoes. The kids patiently waited while I did my prep work for the shepard’s pie.
Then it was time to make the cookies. I have low expectations on my cookie baking skills. You have to think that the end result is good. At the grocery we could not locate shamrock cookie cutters so I figured we could use some Christmas ones I had at home and add green sprinkles. I opened the package of cookie dough and gave the kids a blob each.
The roller didn’t work too well, everything stuck to it.We used our hands instead to flatten the dough.
The kids made one cookie sheet with shapes. By chance I found some mini cookie cutters that someone had given me with shapes (animals and mushrooms). The dough was laid out on the sheet. We did a second sheet just with balls, I was tired of all the shaping!
I was shocked when I checked in the oven. As the cookies baked they had lost their shape! Oh my goodness.. I will have to look into how you’re supposed to maintain the shape of cookies one day. It made me feel good though that I had done the second sheet just with balls, those cookies came out enormous!
After the cookies cooled down I moved them to a plate and we added the green sprinkles. Awesome taste, that’s what matters, right?? And we had fun making them.
Back to the shepard’s pie, I don’t use a recipe, I just make it. The mashed potatoes came out AWESOME. I actually can make some things, although when I make mashed potatoes for Max they are always instant. I layered the potatoes, meat and corn (two to three layers of each). I topped it with cheddar cheese and put it in the oven. The dish came out superb! Too bad I’m the only one in the house who eats it; I guess I know what I’m eating for dinner all week.
Our meals and desserts were topped off with green lemonade and green beer. I think I’ll attempt cooking a big meal again late summer. Max is such an excellent cook that I’ll let him continue to take on that task.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!