Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Across The Pond

on February 26, 2014

When I was around 10 years old, my mother, sister, and I lived in London for a few years. Besides being a total culture shock for someone like me, coming from New Jersey, years later I learned to appreciate that time in my life. I learned so much about the style of food, which really is different from anything I was use to. The food was fixed simply, and most often cooled for a long time. Now I wouldn’t eat this style of food everyday but now and again I long for it. It takes me back to a time in my childhood that I cherish. One of the things I have noticed are the differences in how Americans have put a spin on the classics, like Shepard’s pie. I was taught that you never mix vegetables in with the meat of the traditional Shepard’s pie. The vegetables are always served on the side. Another traditional dish was called a meat pie. This basically was stewed meat in a brown gravy baked inside of a pie shell.  The beef simmered on the stove all day and filled the house with this wonderful smell, and then mom would put this meat filling into a pie. It was so simple but so delicious.This is the dish I going to recreate tonight. I’m going to put a modern spin on the original, but  still stay somewhat true to the classic recipe that I grew up on.

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