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The Plagiarist in the Kitchen

By Jonathan Meades

Published 2017

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Shepherd’s pie is an accredited health hazard in canteens, schools, hospitals. Hachis parmentier is different. Still, here is the one shepherd’s pie recipe that is worth essaying. It was my father’s. His genes and voice apart I have not nicked much from him so am unabashed about this theft.


  • leftover lamb leg or shoulder
  • 1kg onions
  • celery
  • potato


Sweat 500g sliced onions and celery – cook till soft. Mince the meat. Mix meat and onions/celery with half a pint of Guinness, Worcester sauce and Angostura. Reduce till getting still liquid but going on sticky.

Mash potatoes with butter and milk. He liked them to be fairly stiff, and to