I was so excited last night because I had found a recipe on line that will use up the left over ham I had from Easter. I was in the mood for a shepherd pie type of dish (having read and drooled over someone else’s pie on another blog) so I did some research and found: SHEPHARD’S PIE WITH HAM AND PEAS.
I wanted to blog just like everyone else on their blog – taking pictures as I went along etc. My husband thought I was nuts last night when I would do/prep something and stop and take a picture of it. “For my blog!” was my answer and continue like a woman on a mission.
So far so good. Ham, peas, mushrooms, white sauce made with chicken stock.
Here is where things went terribly wrong. The recipe called for mashed white potatoes on the top – either your homemade ones or nice instant ones. I did not have fresh potatoes and I had already done my grocery shopping for the week) but I did have a box of instant sweet potatoes. Hmmmm, sounded like a good combination. I stepped out on a limb and cooked them up.
Ready for the oven. When I was cooking up the sweet potatoes I could smell that they had put in some surprise spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg etc.) and at first I just passed it off and didn’t dwell on it too long.
As it started to cook I could smell the spices, like a pumpkin pie cooking in my kitchen. Not good. The family was patiently waiting for dinner to happen and all they could smell was pumpkin pie. Again, not good. I started to panic and squirm in my chair. I was busy working on knitting up a pair of baby booties that will be felted for someone’s baby shower in a few weeks. I could feel the two sets of eyes glued on the side of my head while I feverishly pretended to knit (again, on a mission!).
It finished baking, I let it set for a few minutes and I served it. Ugh.
I do not blame the author of the recipe. The blame rests totally on me. It was the sweet potatoes. I think this would have been an entirely different dinner if I had used nice white mashed potatoes. All the pictures I took while I did the prep work etc. were put in my computer recycle bin. I just saved these three to help me tell this horrible story. Obviously I will not be posting the recipe and NEXT time I will stick to making a traditional Shepherd’s Pie.
I did get one bootie done and started the second one! There is ONE GOOD THING I accomplished last night!