The only hard and fast school tradition when I was growing up was the cookie tin (which I still have) filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies (the Nestle package recipe, of course). I'd come in the door, grab a couple of cookies and a Coke, and do my homework. Did I mention I like sugar?
1 pound ground lamb (or substitute a meat of your choice, ground)
1 Tblsp cooking oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 Tblsp tomato paste
1 Tblsp flour
1 cup beef broth
2 cups cooked mixed vegetables (Note: you can buy a variety of combinations, frozen, at the market, and most include chopped carrots and peas; you can add corn to the mix, since its slightly sweet flavor matches well with the lamb.)
Salt and pepper to taste
5 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed (the potatoes must be loose enough to spread over the dish. Feel free to add milk and butter, and definitely some salt and pepper.) If you happen to have leftover mashed potatoes, they'll do fine.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Transfer the mixture into a large, deep casserole. Top with the mashed potatoes (if you want to get fancy, you can pipe the potatoes on top with a pastry bag), and dot with butter.
One funny story about the doughty kitchen ladies of Springside School. I lived in the burbs, and one day I found in my backyard a small (maybe a foot long?) baby black snake, which I proudly took to school to show off—probably because my mother wouldn't let me keep it in the house. Somehow it escaped from its terrarium in my classroom, on the second floor, and made its way to the kitchen, in the basement, where the lunch ladies found it. Did they panic? Nope—they traced it to me, and politely requested that I remove it, which I did, setting it free at the edge of the playground. Kudos to them for not smashing it with the nearest cooking utensil.
|Our class production of Alice in Wonderland--that's me on the|
right, as Alice. BTW, I designed the scenery. I have no
idea why I put a fountain in it.