Shepherd’s pie has to be the ultimate comfort food that should only need to be eaten with a fork, preferably in a wide shallow bowl. It’s great to have one of these stashed in your freezer to help you to feed a large group at short notice. If you want to cook it from frozen, simply cover with tin foil and bake in the oven for one hour.

To make this recipe into a cottage pie, replace the lamb with beef. There are now different types of mince available in supermarkets and most butcher’s. As a general rule, the higher the price, the better quality of the meat and the lower the fat content.