Chef Calum Franklin is a winner of the humble pie, working with his French classical instruction and love of British traditions to create a little something special at his London cafe, the Holborn Eating Space, and its adjoining Pie Space for takeaway treats.

“I am happy of this metropolis in conditions of what we signify for foodstuff and the imagined of vacationers coming to London for a traditional British dish like a pie,” Calum claims, “I’ve normally been interested in savory pastry. When I did outdated-college French cookery, we would do issues like salmon en croute. I like things that are crafted and also that you just can’t slash corners.”

Calum’s debut cookbook, “The Pie Room,” printed this week by Bloomsbury Absolute, is a celebration of pies and puddings, with recipes and recommendations for sauces and chutneys, as properly as pastry.

He delivers this easy recipe for Keema-Spiced Cottage Pie. (Calum, whose spouse, Shenali, is Sri Lankan, enjoys spicy food stuff.) I located it quite easy, but I took a huge shortcut by using ready mash potato for the British-Indian mash-up, which I confessed to him.

“I like that,” he reported. “There is no disgrace in applying ready-produced puff pastry, for illustration. I have the luxury of a kitchen area with 35 cooks where we’re not likely to obtain in pastry, but at house you really don’t have the luxury of time. You can make this pie in an evening: Come residence from do the job and have it all set for the household meal. It reminds me of the ease and comfort food stuff I had as a baby.”


  • 1 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp. floor turmeric
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh new root ginger
  • 2 purple chilies, finely chopped
  • 17.5 oz. ground beef
  • 12 oz. chopped canned tomatoes
  • 10 oz. frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 ounce coriander
  • For the potato topping:
  • 2 lbs . peeled potatoes, reduce into chunks
  • 5 oz. milk
  • 3 oz, unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 egg yolk

Preheat oven 400 degrees.

Warmth oil in a big frying pan above medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 10 minutes till it starts off to brown.

Include the turmeric, garam masala and cumin seeds and toast for 2 minutes. Include the garlic, ginger and chilies sauté a different 5 minutes until eventually gentle and lightly browned.

Add the ground beef and sauté until any liquid has evaporated, then increase the tomatoes and prepare dinner 15 minutes additional. Include the peas and coriander leaves. Taste and alter the seasoning if vital.

Spoon into a 9.5-inch round ovenproof pie dish, degree the surface and enable to great.

For the potato topping, boil the potatoes in a pan of salted drinking water for 15-20 minutes or right up until tender in the centre. Drain. Include the milk, butter and turmeric and mash well. Fold in the egg yolk and combine very well to merge.

Distribute the potato topping around the minced beef combination in the pie dish. Ruffle the floor of the potato topping with a fork for extra texture.

Area the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or right until the beef mixture is effervescent up the sides of the dish and the potato topping has a crispy golden crust. Serve straight away.

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