My first shepherd’s pie

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Orchards in the Oasis: Recipes, travel and memories

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 2010

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I’ve made countless variations of shepherd’s pie but they all began with this, the first dish I ever made in the kitchen of my basement flat. Serve with a green vegetable or a simple green salad.


  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable


Peel the potatoes and steam or boil until cooked. Meanwhile, peel the onions and chop up fairly small. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, deep frying pan and fry the onions over a fairly low heat until soft and slightly browned. Then, using a slotted spoon, transfer the onions to a plate and set asid