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Becks Cottage Pie

Becks Cottage Pie

Becks Cottage Pie

Many of us have them, bet you do too, those comforting dishes embraced in tradition, foods whose flavors or scents conjure up meaningful memories of holiday occasions, special times with family and friends.

Sometimes recipes of special dishes eventually evolve within their story line to even include the name of the person who prepares it like ‘Mom’s Turkey Stuffing,’ or ‘Nana’s Chocolate Cookies.’  Some favorites might even be named to honor the person who inspired the dish such as today’s “Becks Cottage Pie” where upon its recent preparation in my household landed its own definitive name as such.

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Technically, it was really Becks mother, Nicola, who inspired the dish, and I first prepared it after researching Cottage Pie like a dissertation, piecing together the desired ingredients combination whose early on intended loving outcome was meant to connect a comforting piece of Becks homeland in Wales to our American University Field Hockey Tailgates upon Becks arrival as a member of the team over five years ago now.

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I know I’ve shared, at least within the body of a former Tailgating Post on Spiced Peach Blog, that the first appearance of this Cottage Pie was met with a beaming smiling face by Becks, well, all until shock ensued at the Tailgate table just minutes later. Having anticipated an extra take-away extra package of her homeland comfort food, a mere green pea remained.

Subsequent tailgates then set forth 2 much larger casserole size dishes, enough for Becks to snag a bit extra for later on, early on in the buffet. 

Eventually Cottage Pie began making its appearance at other gatherings, team dinners hosted at our house, then moving on as a permanent feature for at least one of the meals whenever Becks would visit over holiday seasons or otherwise. 

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Really, I should thank my youngest, Alex the Athlete for being talented and fortunate enough to not only to play on such a great team in college, but also for the blessing of such great lifetime friends like Becks. Ah. Those treasured fleeting moments of college field hockey matches and big team family tailgates, those days we would literally truck my Grams old convection oven from Philadelphia to DC, along with a suitable extension cord,  enabling serving up steaming hot entrees each to be shared.

Tradition. I can’t wait to see Becks when she visits from Wales in a few weeks and perhaps maybe, just for old times sake, I should one night prepare this special dish whose story line and title named, Becks Cottage Pie, continues on its inspiration with meaningful memories of special times. Cheers Becksie!

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