St. Patrick’s Day Shepherd’s Pie Recipes
When we’re looking for truly authentic Irish dishes to cook for St. Patrick’s Day, there’s nothing more appropriate or crowd pleasing than Shepherd’s Pie. A stew made of minced lamb meat in gravy, topped with mashed potato that’s been browned to crusty perfection, Shepherd’s Pie is Irish comfort food at its best.
According to Darina Allen — head chef at the Ballymaloe cooking school, seat of Ireland’s Farm to Table movement with its emphasis on freshness, seasonality, local availability and simple preparation — Shepherd’s Pie is best made with leftover cooked lamb and gravy. So it’s a great next-day dish after a lamb roast dinner. But if lamb is not available, it’s fine to substitute ground beef, though technically that’s called “Cottage Pie”. If you’d like to top your potato crust with breadcrumbs, that would be called “Cumberland Pie”. Darina Allen’s Shepherd’s Pie is topped with a potato crust that calls for two types of grated cheese: cheddar and parmigiano reggiano.
If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day gathering and wanting to accommodate your guests’ food restrictions, a few tweaks to the traditional recipe will have you covered. Over at Farmette, Imen McDonnell, an American expat living in Ireland, is cooking up three versions of Shepherd’s Pie — original, vegetarian and a third with a cauliflower crust. The cauliflower crust version would be great for your gluten-free guests, so long as you leave out the flour in the gravy as well. (I use a few tablespoons of arrowroot to thicken sauces, in place of flour.) This roundup of 19 sweet potato recipes includes two versions of Shepherd’s Pie that are topped with sweet-potato crust, one a vegetarian version made with lentils.
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(Photo via Farmette)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)