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THE WORLD'S HEALTHIEST FOODS: TURNIPS

One of the basic vegetables in the Moroccan Couscous recipe which we eat once a week in the North African ( Berber ) culture. This way we make sure we get these amazing health benefits that Turnips offer.  I even love its smell when it's being cooked and the texture it gets later when done.

Turnips are starchy vegetables belonging to the Brassicaceae family which also includes cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts etc. Though we usually refer to the bulbous roots as turnips, their sprouts and leaves are also edible and highly nutritious, and are used in European, Asian and Eastern American cuisines.

I  collected these info about Turnips benefits below together with recipes to make delicious low carb meals with them on my Cooking Pinterest Board


Health Benefits of Turnips:

1. Cancer Prevention:

These cruciferous vegetables contain high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals, which reduce the risk of cancer. Presence of glucosinolates prevents as well as reduces the effect of cancer. These are natural plant chemicals that break into two compounds while digesting i.e. indoles and isothiocyanates. They help the liver process toxins, fight the effects of carcinogens and can inhibit the growth of tumor cells. Inclusion of this vegetable in your daily diet can reduce the risk of breast cancer as well as colon and rectal tumors (2).

2. Cardiovascular Health:

Turnips possess great anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of large amount of vitamin K. These help in preventing heart attacks, heart strokes and other heart ailments. Turnip greens aid in digestion by absorbing more amount of bile which uses up the cholesterol present in the body. This results in the reduction of cholesterol. Turnips are also excellent sources of folate, which further helps to boost up the cardiovascular system (3).

3. Bone Health:

Turnips are an important source of calcium and potassium which are vital for healthy bone growth and maintenance. Regular consumption of turnip inhibits joint damage, risk of osteoporosis and the incidence of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is also an excellent source of calcium, a mineral that supports the body’s production of connective tissues (4).


4. Lung Health:

The carcinogens present in cigarette smoke cause vitamin A deficiency, resulting in lung inflammation, emphysema and other lung problems. The vitamin A contained in turnip greens helps in maintaining healthy lungs by counteracting this defect (5).

5. Aids in Digestion:

The high fiber content in turnip greens supports the body’s digestive system (6). Research has proved that glucosinolates may also help the stomach process bacteria like Helicobacter pylori.

6. Prevents Atherosclerosis:

Too many free radicals in the body cause oxidation of bad cholesterol and clumping of platelets in our body, thus leading to atherosclerosis, a condition that damages the blood vessels. Vitamins E, C and beta carotene in turnip roots and greens are excellent antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body. Thus, regular consumption of turnips prevents the development and progression of this condition (7).

7. Treatment of Common Ailments:

The curative power of turnips is beneficial in preventing several common illnesses such as lack of hunger and hemorrhoids. Regular consumption of turnip can even cure kidney stone if it is small enough (8).

8. Beneficial for Weight Loss:
The anti-inflammatory properties of turnips can be attributed to their high content of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. These properties are effective in curing asthma and curbing the symptoms of asthma. Studies have proved that giving turnips to asthmatic patients can lessen wheezing.

9. Cures Asthma:
The anti-inflammatory properties of turnips can be attributed to their high content of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. These properties are effective in curing asthma and curbing the symptoms of asthma. Studies have proved that giving turnips to asthmatic patients can lessen wheezing.

10. Prevents Body Odor:

Body odor is a common problem, particularly in the summer months. Turnip juice is quite beneficial in getting rid of body odor. Drinking turnip juice is generally good for health and also helps to avoid body odor (10).

11. Strengthens the Immune System:

Turnip root plays an important role in the proper functioning of the body’s immune system (11). The beta-carotene content in turnips helps the body in producing healthy membranes.

12. Eye Health:

Turnip greens are a rich source of lutein, a carotenoid that promotes eye health and prevents ocular diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts (12).

13. Benefits of Antioxidants:

Turnips are rich in antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, manganese and beta-carotene (13). The roots are particularly rich in vitamin C whereas the leaf-greens are full of all these antioxidants. They also contain complex phytonutrients which stimulate antioxidant activity, thus increasing their ability to combat free radicals and preventing DNA damage to cells.

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Blog Updates for April

Now that the winter is finally over and we love to spend time outdoors, walking, grilling hot dogs and doing lots and lots of picnics.. traveling is also on the list.. So I am going to slow down with the blogging management to avoid burnout. Instead of posting everyday I will be posting every other day or maybe a total of 4 post per week. This way I will organize the blog content even better and work on the other things that need development.

I am going to send a weekly posts summary, including some from the archive for those who are subscribed to the newsletter. So if you are not a social media follower you can still get whats new by email. 

This month there will be more detox food and beverage recipes, spring and summer diy projects, event food and decoration ideas including free printables, a new GIVEAWAY,  and lots of coupon codes from lovely fashion stores. 

There are two travel trips which I am going to write about once we are back so stay in touch and subscribe by email if you don't want to miss a thing :-)

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UPDATE

I am going to make monthly newsletters instead of weekly to be able to collect various topics. 











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The Classic Hummus Recipe!

Every now and then we make Turkish or Lebanese style dinner at home and invite family members or friends over. This is usually the main dish in my homemade Middle East Feast. Where I make Kibbeh, Falafel, Baba Ganoush / Moutabel.. Shish Kafta and Tawook Grill. My hubby loves this meze dishes and grill together with fattoush salad or tabbouleh. 

Hummus became the number one famous dip worldwide. Its origins as we all know from the Middle Eastern cuisine . If you want a great flavor and texture to your hummus it is easy enough to make at home. All you need is a food processor and the ingredients and then you can adjust it to suit your own tastes: a little more garlic, more lemon? Just taste it and add as you go.


Soaking and cooking your own chickpeas makes this a very cheap and cheerful dip for parties, but it is just as good and much quicker to use can chick peas. Just grab a packet of pitas from the freezer to toast and you have a tasty impromptu basis for a casual lunch in minutes.


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Ingredients

1-2 garlic cloves depending on size
a 400g chickpeas drained or the equivalent weight of home-cooked chickpeas
4 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons tahini
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon paprika, coriander or parsley for garnishing 

Method 

Start the food processor running and then drop in the peeled garlic cloves. When they are finely chopped add the chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, salt and cold water. Process until you have the texture you like best. Fairly smooth with a little texture is ideal. Taste and add a little more lemon juice, tahini or salt if necessary, according to your personal preference. You can also add more cold water it you prefer it thinner.

Serving Hummus:

Scoop the hummus into a shallow bowl and then sprinkle with the paprika and drizzle over the oil just before serving.

Serve with warm pita bread or raw vegetable sticks to dip into the hummus. Or make it into a lunch dish and dollop hummus into the hollow pitas with a generous amount of salad.

Storing Hummus:

Hummus can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. Add a little olive oil if it appears to be too dry.

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DIY: 5 Modern Home Decor Ideas

Hello blog readers! It's been awhile since I collected a couple of DIY ideas. Now that the summer days are quite longer, one should start planning to do some DIY projects.. it can be for your own home or can be given as a handmade precious gift. If you have kids it's even more fun to teach them to be crafty and creative. 

I am planning to make the pillows and the chunky knit blanket. We've got couple of birthdays and events coming, so why not give something to be enjoyed by the whole family members, friends and loved ones. 

There are more previous DIY everything , LUXURY Home decor DIY AND DIY GIFTS posts if you are interesting in finding out more projects to do this summer. In fact I have even made special post for spring DIY to make outdoor home decor. Enjoy it! 



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Kale Pesto Recipe

Back again with another new pesto recipe. I hope you tried and liked the beetroot pesto recipe I shared with you at the beginning of this month.

I made this for our Cod Fish Lunch last week and used the rest the other day as a pizza dressing. Despite of the rich nutrition facts this sauce is so yummy and can be made in 5 minutes. It is a very flexible recipe , you can adjust the ingredients and quantities depending on what you have on hand as the original recipe writer wrote.  Enjoy! 





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Swedish Cuisine: Cabbage Rolls

I tried this lovely recipe by the famous Swedish Chef Leif Mannerström. I only changed one thing which is adding tomato sauce instead of the gravy that was described in the original recipe. I like cabbage rolls better with thick tomato sauce.  

I think the Swedish cabbage rolls method is a lot better than the regular international one that I made before. It gives the cabbage and the ground beef even more richer taste. I gotta admit being shocked while reading that syrup and brown sugar was on the ingredients list. But I trusted that the Chefs recipe sure to be something good and delicious. And it was finger lecking gooooood...


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Ingredients 

1 head of cabbage 
1 onion
butter, for frying
1 big boiled cold potato
200 ml milk 
1 dl bread crumbs
800 g lean ground beef
2 eggs
4 tablespoons soya sauce
2 tbsp of syrup
2 tablespoons of concentrated veal stock
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Sauce
6 cups gravy or tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
10 black peppercorns

For serving
Mashed potatoes


Method 

Cut out the log from the cabbage and blanch in lightly salted water for about 15 minutes.
Remove the cabbage with a slotted spoon and gently loosen the cabbage leaves.
Cut away the hard parts / nerves and put them aside for now.
Add up the leaves on a cutting board.

Heat the oven to 200 degrees.
Peel and finely chop the onion, and the hard cabbage parts.
Fry until golden brown in a little butter.

Mash the potato with a fork.
Mix the milk and bread crumbs with mashed potatoes and onion mix.
Leave to stand and swell for about 10 minutes.
Mix the batter with ground beef, eggs, soy sauce, syrup and veal stock.
Salt and pepper.
Stir quickly to get a smooth batter.

Spoon out the mixture on the cabbage leaves, roll them and put them in a greased, ovenproof dish.
Brush with butter, pepper and dust with a pinch of salt and brown sugar.

Bake in middle of oven about 30 minutes until nicely browned on all sides.

Mix the sauce ingredients. 
Next add the gravy or tomato sauce mixture and spices.

Reduce heat to 150 degrees.
Braising additional 30-40 minutes and scoop diligently sky.
Serve the stuffed cabbage smoking hot.

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Beauty: My Skin Care Routine


Few days ago some friends and social media followers asked me about my glowing face secret and skin care routine by commenting on a morning photo of mine drinking my first cup of coffee. To be honest I don't see that I have the glowing perfect skin but since I have been asked,  I thought.."well they say that people see themselves less beautiful than they actually are :-) "... especially women! that's why they spend enormous amount of money on beauty and makeup products that they don't really need. 

My everyday routine is very simple. First I am no longer an everyday makeup fan, it's been few years now since I stopped even wasting money on it. I rarely apply make up, maybe only on special occasions. And if I apply it on regular days it's often the " No make up - make up" which is very very light and barely seen. To remove makeup I use ACO Face Ultra Soft Cleansing Milk


I moisturize my face day and night. Sometimes even three times a day if I notice my face getting dry or after shower. I use Forever Aloe Nourishing Serum in the morning and I use either Elizabeth Arden Moisture Cream  or VISAGE D'OR  in the evening. I also make sure to apply Clinique ( all about eyes ) cream eye cream once a day. 

I try my best to drink lots of water. That doesn't mean a lot of water at once. I make sure I drink few sips of water all day long on different times during the day this way the body really uses the water instead of flushing it out fast. 

If you are really bad at remembering to drink water often. Make sure you place a glass of water or a jar on each table in the house. You can also set a reminder or use one of the apps on your phone to keep a track of your water consuming. 

And at last, during summer sunny days I try to wear my sunglasses all the time to protect eye circles from getting dark and tired. I also put on a large beach hat to protect all face and neck area when sun tanning and I of course use sunscreen with sun protection lipstick. And the after sun lotion later on the day. 

My favorite face pampering masks every now and then are mud mask, dead sea herbs mask and I love to apply almond oil sometimes after shower. 

I am not sure this would work for everybody. But this works for me and I hope this way I have answered your questions.





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Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi







Ingredients 

200g young spinach
, washed
small handful parsley
 leaves, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
140g ricotta
85g plain flour
2 eggs
100g freshly grated vegetarian Parmesan-style cheese, plus extra to serve
freshly grated nutmeg
olive oil and rocket, to serve

Tomato sauce

1 tomato sauce can
Fresh or dry basil ( or spinach ) 
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste



Method

Boil the kettle. Place the spinach in a large bowl and pour boiling water over it. Leave for 2 mins until wilted, then drain thoroughly. Leave to cool, then wrap a clean tea towel around the spinach. Hold it over the sink and squeeze out as much water as possible. Finely chop.

Place the spinach, parsley, garlic, ricotta, flour, eggs, cheese and a generous grating of nutmeg into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Use a fork to stir very thoroughly until everything is completely mixed. Using wet hands, form the mixture into walnut-size balls. Place on a large plate or tray and refrigerate for at least 30 mins.

When ready to cook, heat the oven to warm and bring a large pan of water to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and drop in batches of about 8-10 gnocchi at a time. They will sink to the bottom, and when they rise to the top give them about 1 min more, then remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm while you cook the rest. 

You can serve the gnocchi on warm plates drizzled with olive oil and scattered with rocket and more cheese.

or 

With Tomato Sauce

In a sauce pan add the olive oil, tomato sauce, basil, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes 
Place the sauce on the serving dish first then add the gnocchi. Garnish with basil or spinach leaves and parmesan cheese just as seen in the photo above.  

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SHOPPING DIARY: Babygirl Faux Fur Ivory Top


I felt in love with this top the second I saw it at the Gap store in Malaga airport duty free. I knew this would make a perfect birthday gift for Julia introducing her to a little bit of baby fashion and glam hehe. As I mentioned in my previous shipping diary post that I adoooore ivory color. I know for a toddler like Julia it's not the practical color but I don't mind dressing her up a little bit stylish from time to time. 

What caught me even more what the soft touch of this faux fur. She will be like a little white bear wearing it. A perfect cuddly cozy top which we will both enjoy. 

I made sure to buy a bigger size so that she can have it for longer period, and fit until next fall / winter.    









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Creamy Spring Broccoli and Potatoes Soup




This is one of my favorite Spring soups. Comfort food is what I try to cook often during fall - winter and spring. Its has to be saucy, creamy and warm and delicious. This loaded chunky soup makes a perfect late lunch or light dinner. You can also serve it with garlic bread. Kids love this recipe by the way since it has both broccoli potatoes and cheese. Enjoy! 






Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 large white potatoes, cubed, about 4 cups
3 cups chicken broth or water 
½ teaspoon kosher salt
6 cups broccoli florets
3 cups whole milk
3 cups shredded cheese
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Optional:
Fried crispy bacon for garnish

Instructions

Boil the potatoes and broccoli each on a pan before starting with the soup. 
Cut or mash the potatoes after they are boiled and peeled.
Cut the broccoli to small pieces.

Melt the butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, until softened,  while stirring occasionally. 

Add the potatoes, chicken broth / water and the kosher salt and bring to a boil. Add the milk and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cooking for 5 minutes.

Toss the cheese and some of the bacon and add while stirring until cheese melted before adding the next batch of cheese. Season with black pepper and more salt to taste.

Tip: The chicken broth / water amount depends on how thick you want the soup to be. I usually prefer thick soups. You can also replace the milk with cooking cream.

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Fancy Flowers: Pink Duke

While in Hötorget / Stockholm, the square market where you can find enormous amount and types of flowers and fresh vegetables. I noticed these fancy looking flowers which I had no idea what they are and what they called. I took this photo and googled them when I came home. Since I didn't know what they are called I looked for " flowers that look like artichoke". And that is how I found more info about them which I would like to share with you. 

It's a large winter / spring flower. Color in vibrant pink petals with creamy base and a light pink center. Long vase life ++.  I would definitely make these flowers part of my next events arrangements to decorate the dining or coffee table. I also definitely recommend it for wedding events arrangements. 



Florist & Wholesaler Information
  • A family of interesting and unusual long lasting flowers available in a vast array of shapes, colours and sizes.
  • Widely grown in Californian as well as Australia / South Africa / New Zealand Protea are available virtually year round because of their opposite seasons.
  •  Most varieties of Protea dry very well.
  • One of the oldest groups of flowering plants, protea have existed for over 300 million years.
  • Protea are named after the Greek god Proteus , who could change his form at will.


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Low Carb Cauliflower Gratin


This is one of my favorite low carb recipes which I've came up with myself. I love the taste of cauliflower and egg. My mother used to boil cauliflower, dip it in egg and fry it which made a lovely summer side dish. From that taste combination I have created this recipe adding more flavors that goes perfect with Cauliflower. You can skip the bacon totally and add a tablespoon of olive oil instead. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! 

Here are two more cauliflower recipes that I previously wrote about:






Ingredients

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
3 eggs
2 dl milk / 200 ml
1 dl cream / 100 ml 
1 1/2 dl grated cheese / 1 cup
1 tsp salt
1 pinch black pepper

Fried bacon pieces and coriander to garnish. 


Method


Cut the cauliflower to 4 parts
You can either  steam or boil the cauliflower

"Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, 5 to 7 minutes."
or
"Boil the cauliflower in a pot until almost tender for about 10 minutes." 

Strain the cauliflower and cut to small pieces. 

Fry your bacon until crispy brown and cut to small pieces as well. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9-inch baking dish. 

Take the remaining bacon oil / fat from the fry pan and pour over the cauliflower and mix well with some salt and black pepper. 

Move the cauliflower to the baking dish like the one shown in the pictures. 

In a bowl mix together the egg, milk , cream and cheese very well. Then pour it over the cauliflower. 

Place some of the bacon on top and leave the rest until the gratin is baked.

Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and browned, about 25 minutes.

Serve after garnishing with the remaining bacon and coriander. 


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Stockholm Family Getaway Hotel Review


We just got back from Stockholm the last couple of days. Everything was last minute planned as usual and we got back exactly on the evening of Julius First Year Birthday. She had fever the night before we left and I got it from her when we came back home. I am still not feeling perfectly well. 

Anyway I try my best to remember our " Pilot Family " travel experiences when we accompany my hubby during his work trips so he doesn't have to come all the way home to be with us when his schedule is tight. This is one of my quick hotel review this year: 

The first night we stayed at Victoria Scandic Tower , since we had to stay close to both the airport and Scandinavia's Shopping Mall. The hotel building is quite interesting but its interior design is very simple for such a high tower. They had one of the best hotel breakfasts with everything from waffles, pancakes, pastry, egg and sausage, fruit, great smoothies... well everything you expect in a breakfast. They got a lovely children play area which was perfect for our little Julia to sit and play with other kids while we're there in the lobby. Unfortunately the two things I didn't like were; the pillows were very tiny and the sky bar had a limited and bad timing open times. We really wanted to see the view from the tower top. But I recommend this for families with small kids. 

The other night we moved to Upplands Väsby Hotel. Which we previously stayed in while we were on our way to our last Canary Islands Vacation. Its perfect for near airport accommodation. They even have early breakfast timing or they arrange a breakfast takeaway bag if you let them know you are leaving early. The lovely family rooms are cozy and got perfect bedding. We also enjoyed their relaxation floor that includes a gym, game hall, sauna and hot tub. I also recommend this one for families.

On our last night we stayed in Haymarket Hotel also runned by Scandic and it's located in the heart of Stockholm where the flower and vegetables square market is. I loved the 20´s century luxury interior that made me feel like it was a location from the Great Gatsby Movie,. It's design is inspired by the the golden age of the cinema. And the old building right at the Hötorget square is a perfect match for such atmosphere. Unfortunately the front desk agent was unfriendly during check in because of a booking issue. It was the worst hotel check in regarding hospitality while I had a crying sick baby on stroller. I wouldn't say this hotel is a kids friendly place. The breakfast area was just like all hotel building luxury and glamorous. Breakfast itself was very good but not like the one in Victoria Tower I would vote for that one as best Scandic hotel breakfast, especially for families with kids. 

Here are some photos from the Haymarket hotel room. I didn't want to use any photo filter to make you see how romantic and unique the atmosphere is. I would recommend it for romantic couples and friends, girls getaways. And for those traveling with pets. The hotel has a gym but no relaxation / spa facilities. 

I hope this reviews can be useful for those who are planning to visit Stockholm soon.









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SHEPHERD'S PIE


Another comfort food recipe from my everyday family cooking list. This is an update for the previously posted mini Cocotte Shepherd's Pie.  You can make the same pie for the whole family in a big pie mold instead of the mini cocotte. 

Since I often get creative with the random recipes, I loved adding mexican taco mix spices to the ground beef mixture. I've also made regular mashed potato from only potato, butter and milk. Salt and white pepper and garnished with dry rosemary. 

This recipe is perfect for anytime, lunch or dinner. you guys gonna love it :-) . Enjoy!






You will need

For the meat filling:


2 tablespoons veg oil

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds ground lamb or beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth or water
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1/2 cup fresh or frozen English peas

Optional 

2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves

Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
1/4 cup half-and-half
2 ounces unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg yolk

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch dice. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender and easily crushed with tongs, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Place the half-and-half and butter into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave until warmed through, about 35 seconds. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return to the saucepan. Mash the potatoes and then add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper and continue to mash until smooth. Stir in the yolk until well combined.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Place the canola oil into a 12-inch saute pan and set over medium high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and saute just until it begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the meat, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.

Add the corn and peas to the lamb mixture and spread evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula. Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.




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