For me, this winter has been all about long slow cooking. One-pot dishes that gently bubble and blip away until their contents collapse, full of flavour, and ideally alongside a big spoonful of risotto, oozy wet polenta or hunk of crusty bread. My favourite of these one-pot dishes is the Milanese classic, osso bucco.
Of all the food I’m nostalgic about, shepherd’s pie sits right up the top of the pile. From the raft of smells that would fill our kitchen for an entire Sunday afternoon, to hassling mum for the leftover mash potato, few meals came with the same sense of anticipation or satisfaction. This recipe is a play on the original.