Gluten-Free Shepherd's Pie Two Ways (one vegan)
A cold rain is rolling through, interrupting a whisper of mist with sudden bursts of stinging wet drops. The skies are wooly gray, gloomy and low. It's the kind of day that calls for comfort in the form of food. Something baked in a crock. Something piping hot and old fashioned. Something with mashed potatoes...
A savory pie, I said out loud, standing at the kitchen sink, listening to the staccato of rain drumming the skylights.
Don't tease me, said my husband, looking up from his latest screenplay.
I wouldn't joke about a thing like pie, I assured him.
Seriously. I'm thinking a shepherd's pie, I said. But not the usual shepherd's pie. No lamb. No beef. No onion. No peas.
Please, he said. No peas.
You know, that could get you into trouble, I told him. Your pea prejudice. The foodie police will be at our door before you know it. Demanding equal time for peas. And I'm already in enough trouble with their ilk.
Their ilk? he asked.
Yes, I said solemnly. My shepherd's pie is going to have tofu. And in some circles, that could get you killed.
Seriously, he echoed. And shook his head. He shifted in his seat.