Sunday, July 29, 2012

Day 2 of Olympic Dinners-Great Britain MUMMY BOOMES

Day-2: Since the Olympics is being held in Great Britain and since my brother lives there I thought I would be fun to have a traditional meal from England and let me tell you.... It was a huge hit in our house! I have never seen "Sweet Girl" and "Migs" eat so good! It is super DELISH and super easy! The name of the dish is also fun to say: Mummy Boomes!!!  :)  Its basically shepherds pie, but with a funner name. :)



  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or lamb
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 1/2 cups garden peas
  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, recipe follows


Preheat oven at 400 degrees F.

Add butter and oil to a large skillet on medium heat. Sauté onions, carrots, celery and garlic until tender for about 7 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Once the vegetables have softened and start to brown a little add the tomato paste and mix evenly. Add the ground beef and cook until beef is no longer pink about 10 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce and beef stock. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook and simmer for another 10 minutes. Mix in peas. Transfer mixture to an oven-proof baking dish and spread evenly. Place potato on top of ground beef mixture and spread out evenly, once the top surface has been covered, rake through with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. Place the dish into the preheated oven and cook until browned about 20 minutes. Spoon out the shepherd's pie and serve.

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, quartered
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated mature white Cheddar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fill a large saucepan with cold water and a tablespoon of salt. Add potatoes to the water and bring to a boil. Let potatoes cook until soft about 20 minutes. Once the potatoes are at a desired density, drain the potatoes and place them back into the saucepan for mashing. Add butter and cream and begin to mash potatoes into a semi smooth consistency. Once at desired texture add cheese and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

I was also able to speak to my brother  in London today. He told me opening ceremony was held 2 blocks from his house and the torch ran past it on the way to the ceremony! I asked him for a fun word or phrase I could teach my family that they use there. He told me "cheers" They use this in place of thank you. So during dinner time when we passed something we said cheers to each other. They kids also told me cheers as they place their dish in the sink. :)

Another fun phrase I we have been saying today is "Tickety boo" meaning: 1. Going smoothly, doing all right.

2. Proceeding quickly.

As I was about to put dinner on the table I yelled from the kitchen "Everything is tickety boo!" It makes me and my family laugh. I guess you can say we are easily entertained. :) 

During dinner I shared these facts

  • Capital ~ London
  • Anthem ~ God Save the Queen
  • Official Language ~ English
  • Currency ~ Pound Sterling
  • Type of Government ~ Constitutional Monarchy
  • Monarch ~ Queen Elizabeth II
  • Prime Minister ~ David Cameron
  • National Day ~ 23rd April
  • Major Religion ~ Christianity
  • Flag ~ The Union Flag (Union Jack)
  •  London is also one of the most populous cities in the Europe with its population over 10 million.
  • The Windsor Castle, one of the three official residences of the Queen, is the largest residential castle in the world. It is also the oldest one that is in continuous occupation for over 900 years.
  • The highest temperature recorded in this country, was in Faversham in Kent with 38.5ºC (101.3ºF) in August 2003.

After dinner we played London Bridges falling down. I am looking forward to tomorrows dinner and activities! Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Mmmmm! That looks yummy Ashley! & what fun facts!!