Classic and Delicious, Scottish Mince and Tatties

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It’s nice having friends over for dinner. It gives me an excuse to wear my fancy apron (which I also saw Charlotte in Sex & The City 2 wearing, we must be soulmates) and high heels. It makes me feel very Mad Men when I dress up while I’m cooking.

The other night Mr. Juice and I decided to prepare a home cooked Scottish meal for one of our favorite bar owners. We frequent Jock Tamson’s on 2nd ave. between 83rd str. and 84th str. a lot because he is so inviting and friendly, which is why I thought it was time to reciprocate. When I found out that he missed mince ‘n’ tatties, I insisted on making it for him. I wasn’t going to fancy it up at all because I wanted it to taste like something he would take a bite of that would remind him of his childhood. It was his comfort food and I didn’t want to mess it up, especially since he hasn’t had it since he moved to the states, seven years ago. And when he took that first bite and said that it reminded him of his mum’s I started blushing. I’m going to start making batches for him so that he can freeze them at home.

Below is the recipe for the mince I made. Easy to make and simple, it’s not a hoity toity dish, and that’s what makes it so great. It’s homey food. Traditionally served with mashed potatoes and peas, but you can serve it with rice, pasta, whatever you want. I wish I had a picture to show you of how it came out, but when you’re hosting guests, it’s hard to remember that you have to whip out that camera.

Scottish Mince

Ingredients

1 lb. Ground beef

1 tbs. oil

1 large onion diced

2 large carrots cut small

1 packet of gravy power

2 beef bouillon cubes

2 cups of water

Now What?

Heat up the oil in a pan and sauté the onions until that are slightly browned. Throw in the ground beef and cook till that’s browned on the outside as well. Add carrots and break up the bouillon cubes and mix in. Cook for a couple of minutes and then and the water and gravy water and stir well. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. The end result should be cooked beef in a gravy.

How easy is that?

Our full menu for the night was:

Cheese and crackers

Mince

Spicy bacon mashed potatoes

Buttered peas

Baked kale

Red cabbage slaw

Coffee ice cream cake

Chocolate chip cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Wine

Beer

Orange whiskey

-Joyce Huang

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