Family Favourite

Family Favourite Lamb Pie topped with Sweet Potato Mash

Weekday family comfort food at it’s best & it’s hubby’s favourite dinner too, so I know how to get into his good books -just make this for dinner & some apple pie with custard for dessert ūüôā

Lamb Pie

Family Favourite Lamb Pie topped with Sweet Potato Mash
Recipe type: Family Comfort Food
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Serves: 6 - 8 serves
Comfort food to keep the whole family happy - try different veggies or a combo of veggies for the topping, cauliflower, potato, parsnip, jerusalem artichoke.
  • 1kg lamb, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 each sprigs fresh rosemary and thyme leaves
  • 1 brown onion halved
  • 2 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 400g tomatoes, diced, canned (or fresh cherry tomatoes)
  • 50g tomato paste
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 1 carrot halved
  • 1 celery stick cut in two
  • 1tbs Stock Concentrate
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh, or dried
  • 10g cornflour (optional)
  • 20g olive oil
  • Sweet Potato topping
  • 1kg sweet potato cubed, no need to peel
  • 50g Good Parmasen cheese
  • 250g milk or cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 30g Butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  1. TOPPING- Chop parmasean cheese (and garlic) for 5 secs speed 10.
  2. Set it to one side.
  3. Insert the butterfly whisk & add your sweet potatoes, milk or cream (or a mix of both) salt & pepper, cook for 15 - 20 mins 100 degrees speed 1 until cooked completely.
  4. Add the butter & mash for 20 secs speed 4.
  5. Place to one side while you make the filling (or you can make the filling first & then make the topping, your choice!)
  6. LAMB FILLING -Place garlic & herbs into TM bowl & chop for 5 secs speed 7.
  7. Add onion, carrot & celery & chop for 5 secs speed 4, you may need a couple of seconds longer depending on their size.
  8. Scrape down side of the bowl add the oil & saute' for 3 mins Varoma temp speed 1.
  9. Add lamb & cook 10 mins 100 degrees reverse speed 1.
  10. Add remaining filling ingredients except the peas & cook for 20 mins 100 degrees reverse speed 1. Add the peas & cook for another 5 mins 100 degrees reverse speed 1.
  11. Pour mixture into a large baking dish.
  12. Spread with your sweet potato topping & cheese.
  13. Bake in the oven at 180 - 200 degrees for 20 mins or until brown.


Lamb Pie with spoon

Arwen’s Black Forest Trifle

We made this delicious trifle at our recent INSPIRE Christmas cooking class

This is a favourite recipe my friend’s Mum¬†used to make for us. The original recipe¬†used 2 packets of port wine jelly instead of¬†using the cherry “juice” to make the jelly.
You may also like to add cherry liqueur to the jelly ūüôā
There are so many different combos for a¬†trifle, use any kind of fruit ‚Äď fresh figs,¬†pomegranate seeds, passionfruit, mango,¬†berries, kiwi fruit, then make a jelly to go,¬†with that fruit even a wine or sparkling¬†wine jelly.
Match it with your style cake a plain sponge, or try chocolate, orange or pistachio.
Then flavour your custard to match or use a lemon or lime curd for something different.
Top with fresh whipped cream & something for a bit of crunch your favourite nuts, biscuits, toasted coconut, chocolate.


Devil of a Cookbook Sponge Cake Recipe

Arwen's Black Forest Trifle
Cuisine: Christmas
Serves: 12
The orginal recipe was one that my friends Mum made for us when were young - then we started having it for our family Christmas!
  • Black Forest Trifle
  • 1 chocolate cake or chocolate sponge
  • 1 x 600g jar morello cherries, keep the liquid
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine power
  • 1000g cream
  • 100g flaked almonds, lightly toasted or coconut flakes
  • 50g dark chocolate, or to taste
  • Chocolate Custard
  • 1000g milk
  • 100g Corn Flour
  • 150g dark chocolate, good quality (add more to taste)
  • 150g sugar, or to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 40g unsalted butter
  1. Black Forest Trifle
  2. Heat 100g of the liquid from the cherry jar for 3 mins/100 degrees/speed 1, add the gelatin & mix for 5 secs/speed 5.
  3. Add the rest of the liquid & mix for another secs speed 5.
  4. Using a strainer pour into your chosen glass trifle container or individual glasses (8).
  5. You can either add the cherries now & place into the fridge to set or place the cake in to soak up the cherry jelly & place the cherries on top & into the fridge to set. In a clean TM bowl whip your cream with the butterfly around 20 - 30 secs /speed 3.5-Time will vary depending on how fresh your cream is. Place the cream to one side & without needing to clean the bowl, place all the custard ingredients to the bowl. Cook for 15 mins 90 degrees speed 4 or until thick.
  6. Pour the chocolate custard on top of the cherry jelly & cake. Place into the fridge. Once it has cooled completely spread the top of the custard with cream & sprinkle with almonds & grated dark chocolate & or toasted coconut flakes & fresh cherries. Can be made the day before, although the cream is best done on the day of serving.
  7. I like to use the sponge cake from the Devil of a Cookbook replacing use 40g of cornflour with cocoa powder.