In England, supper can be any meal eaten from 6:00 P.M. to late at night. Only a very formal meal eaten rather late would be called dinner.

Shepherd’s Pie

Vegetarian shepherd’s pie satisfies the appetites of people who don’t eat meat but who enjoy traditional English foods. The tofu and walnuts provide protein.


3 large potatoes, peeled and halved
2 tbsp. margarine or butter
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c. milk
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 large carrot, grated
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped, or pinch of garlic powder salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. soy sauce


1. Cook potatoes in 2 quarts boiling salted water until soft (about 15 to 20 minutes).

2. Drain off water and add margarine or butter, salt, and pepper. Mash potatoes, adding enough milk to make a smooth mixture. Set aside.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet and sauté onion until soft. Stir in ground beef and then add carrot, thyme, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. (Don’t use too much salt because soy sauce is salty.) Cook for another 5 minutes. Add soy sauce and stir well.

4. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

5. Spread meat mixture in a deep pie dish. Spread mashed potatoes evenly over meat mixture and swirl with a fork to create an attractive pattern.

6. Bake the pie on the middle rack of the oven for 30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 50 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Serves 4