Sunday, October 30, 2016

Comforts In Many Ways

Here are some comforts both for the stomach as well as the mind. Sheperd's Pie or Cottage Pie as it's called when made with beef is one of the best meals that you can have on a cold night. A hot pie just out of the oven will put you in a state of mind like nothing else can. This is my version....ground turkey, ground pork, carrot, onion, celery, seasonings, a mashed potato top crust, and grated cheddar cheese.


Even when the day saw you fall in the stream, loose a big fish, as well as a fly or two....sitting down and enjoying this will make the hurt go away.


How about starting your day with this? Creton, a French pork spread. This stuff spread on a slice of toast will put you in a great mood to start the day.


Creton packs well too. Put some in a little container, a few of your favorite crackers and you have lunch, or a snack. Creton can be served hot or cold.




This article gave me some comfort when I read it...I hope you'll enjoy it and also get the comfort that it gave me.





18 comments:

  1. Brk Trt, my grandmother made Creton & made it several times a year, usually in the cooler weather. I'm not a big fan of it, but the rest of my family was/is & loved it. The big thing that amazes me is she didn't have a recipe like a lot of grandmothers didn't have. She just knew what
    & how much to add, and she was always consistent so my family said. They tried to recreate those recipes that died with her. I miss her but not her Creton, no disrespect

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      Phil I to have had some recipes that I did not care for...heavy on the spice. Grandmothers never wrote things down it was all in their heads.

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  2. we still call hamburger-made shepherd's pie here. a good comfort food, for sure!

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa I call it that to. Good stuff.

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  3. I love shepherd's pie and yours sure looks good. I enjoyed the article on the Martha's Vineyard brook trout. I hope they can bring the streams back to their origins.

    Regards, Sam

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      Sam that article shows just how special our brook trout are....tenacious survivors.

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  4. The article is a great read regarding the brookies. Love the food shots too!! Delectable!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete I thought you would enjoy it....both.

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  5. mmmm, now your making me hungry....lol

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      Kirk, but what a way to die....

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  7. Alan,
    I get a warm feeling just looking at the pictures! I can only imagine the aroma and the taste of this magnificent dish! The creton looks great but I have to be honest...I've never heard of it nor tried it! We are great lovers of pork in our region and I am sure this would be a great addition!
    I am glad to see that the brook trout are still admired and sought after by a few dedicated individuals on M.V. Never cared much for swans or ducks on the water esp. when I am trying to fish!
    Dougsden

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug, it's a French pork spread, google it.
      Those brook trout, give them some cold clean water and they just turn up. It's good to read stories like that.

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  8. Great food and fishing--Alan, your site has this and more.
    That shepherds pie looks delicious. Never tried creton--must see if our local delicatessen has it--they have a lot of imported French delicacies.
    I make something that my wife has named Potsagne. Instead of lasagne sheets, I pre-cook scalloped potatoes and make a sauce from beef mince, canned tomatoes, pizza sauce and a little potato flour to thicken the mix.. Then just layer like a normal lasagne with cheddar cheese, sometimes ending with strips of English Red Leicester cheese for colour. Tasty on a cold night. I'll try to send you a photo of it next time I make it. I've tried making something similar but with fried halloumi cheese for the layers but it ended up a little salty yet still delicious.
    Cheers,
    Steve.

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    1. Steve Hynes
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      Steve they just may carry Creton. Potsagne sounds interesting. I love meals where you can lump several ingredients together and they work so well and the end result will almost always put you in a good frame of mind.

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  9. Once again, I ate breakfast before reading you blog. Darn good thing I did too or I'd be starving. Those look great. Oh, and RD's cookies, sorry we ate yours too.

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    1. Mark Kautz-Shoreman
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      Mark I was saving a place beside my coffee for those cookies....oh well.

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