Shepherd’s (And Perhaps Cottage) Pie

Shepherd's (And Perhaps Cottage) PieShepherd’s pie dates back to the late 1700′s when potatoes were coming into common usage as a crop.  It was a cottage pie back then.  The term shepherd’s pie came about in the 1870′s.  The terms cottage pie and shepherd’s pie are used somewhat interchangeably but I think that’s a bit of a mistake.  Cottage pie is generally a meat pie, while shepherd’s pie includes mutton or lamb.  That may be splitting hairs but I suppose it’s worth noting.

I like shepherd’s pie.  It’s one of the few times I use lamb.  It also reminds me of “The Tao Of Pooh” and the companion book “The Te of Piglet” by Benjamin Hoff.  Why?  There’s a brief passage about Cottleston Pie which Winnie the Pooh sings or repeats.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken? I don’t know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fish can’t whistle and neither can I.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie. Continue reading