Saturday, September 4, 2010

pride and prejudice

Jane Austin's novel has been first written in 1796 under the title First Impressions, but it hasn't got published till 1813, after being retitled to Pride and Prejudice. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the society of early 19th century England. Elizabeth is the second eldest of five daughters of a country gentleman landed in the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, not far from London.
About the same time, around 1791, the term cottage pie  has been introduced, describing an English pie made of minced meat and vegetables covered with a crust of mashed potatoes. It was the period when potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor ( cottage referring to the typical housing of rural workers).
Our English fellas are proud of their heritage and cuisine often not understood and laughed at by their continental counterparts, but Cottage Pie or more widely known as Shepherd's Pie is one of those simple dishes that are just impossible no to like.
So leave your prejudices at home and come and try our vegetarian version, as delicious as the original one. For our Vegan friends, the pie is completely dairy and egg free, behalf the cheese topping, so that's a minor detail I will be more then happy to leave out for you. Please mention while reserving that you would like a vegan version. Till later!

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