First, Caitie and her dad sliced some onions.
Then they cooked the onion in a little olive oil. Caitie's dad told her that the onions would go clear when they were cooked. When they added the beef mince (or ground beef as Americans call it), Caitie asked "What colour will the mince go when it's cooked?" Excellent question, Caitie! Her dad told her that the beef would go from red to brown when it was cooked.
They put some chopped potatoes on the stove to boil while the mince was cooking. When the mince was brown, they added two tablespoons of flour and then some tomato sauce, Worcester sauce, mixed herbs and some frozen mixed vegetables.
Caitie made up some stock by adding a teaspoon of stock powder to a cup of water, then this was slowly added to the meat mixture. While that reduced a bit, Caitie's dad mashed the potatoes with just a touch of milk.
The mince tasted a bit thick and strong, so we decided to add a tin of diced tomatoes, and that mellowed it out nicely. Then the mince went in to the baking dish, with the potatoes on the top.
Then Caitie grated some cheese to go on the top. She used regular cheese and a touch of parmesan as well for added flavour. When she tried both cheeses, she said the regular cheese tasted like 'normal cheese' but parmesan was 'stronger and tasted like it was off'. Ha ha! It wasn't off, but it definitely tastes stronger, so we didn't need a lot of that one.
Then it went in to the oven on fan grill for about 10-15 minutes.
Mmmmmm.... Sooo good, and there was enough left for work lunch on Monday. Yum, yum, yum!!