- Is School Lunch Really All That Bad?
- Write a letter to your reflection in the mirror.
- What is your zodiac sign? Does it fit your personality?
- Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear.
- Write about a teacher who had a lasting impact on you.
- Your relationship status and how you feel about it.
- Where you’d like to be in ten years.
- Write about friends that are like family.
- Put your iPod on shuffle and write down the first ten songs that pop up.
- Write a verbal vision board.
- Write about being inside an old abandoned warehouse.
- How important do you think education is?
- What if you mirror started talking to you?
- List five celebrities that you’re attracted to.
- Write about how you celebrate New Year’s Eve.
- Write about what you do on Valentine’s Day.
- How impulsive are you?
- Write about your favorite US President, living or dead.
- Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?
- Protected: Would You Want to Be a Child Prodigy?
- Do You Perform Better When You’re Competing or When You’re Collaborating?
- What are your favorite cartoons?
- If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- How Do You Find Peace in Your Life?
- How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
- What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
- How to Properly Pack a Suitcase
- A food that reminds you of your youth.
- Why would you be a great president? Give at least three arguments.
Cottage Pie, hands down.
Yes, yes, it’s basically shepherd’s pie but ours.
It’s very, very simple to make. It’s flavored ground beef with a layer of mashed potato on top, baked in the oven.
It is wonderful. It fills you up, it’s warm, it’s made of simple ingredients. My mom has made it continuously since I was a little child–and probably even before I was born. Finding something that both my father and I would agree to eat was difficult for a while there. For instance, I always picked the onions out of everything. My dad hates cruciferous vegetables. Neither of us can have wheat, and I’ve got a list of other things I can’t have. (The worse for cooking, behind eggs, would probably be the fruit because it means no Mrs Ball’s Chutney, which used to be a key ingredient in cottage pie.) But straight meat and potatoes? Oh yes.
We even managed to make this when we were staying at Wynnstay, which has no oven. For a brief period we bought and then returned a mini-oven (toaster oven) and made a few casserole dishes in it.
The mashed potatoes are saltier here–we always make from a box, it’s easier. The only time we’ve ever done from scratch was when I was 8. We were staying in Fish Hoek and the rental house had a potato masher, which I had never seen before. We HAD TO USE IT OMG. I don’t remember if we made cottage pie then. It was such a regular occurrence it wouldn’t have made a ripple for me.
But I appreciate it more now. It’s a special dish, tailored to us, and it’s delicious.
Photo: Ansy Dupiton (A shepherd’s pie, but close enough.)