Mash of Nine Sorts
1 lb potatoes, peeled, halved if large
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 rutabaga, peeled and sliced
2 parsnips, peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 leeks, thinly sliced (white and lightest green part only)
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
2 ounces parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
Preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Boil potatoes, carrots, rutabaga and parsnips in well-salted water for about 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are very tender. Drain vegetables and return to pan. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat until foam starts to subside. Add leeks and sauté until leeks are soft and starting to brown.
Mash the vegetables and then stir in the leeks (and butter), green peas and half the cheese. Stir in salt and pepper to taste then spread mixture in a casserole and top with the remaining cheese. Bake in the middle of the oven 40 minutes, or until cheese is starting to brown.
Adapted from "Mash of Nine Sorts" in Julia Jones and Barbara Deer, Cattern Cakes and Lace: A Calendar of Feasts (London: Dorling Kindersley, 1987), 112.
If there are only two in your house (like mine), you can put half of the Mash of Nine Sorts (before baking) in an oven-proof refrigerator container for another dinner. I just put it in the oven while the oven comes up to temperature and then set the timer for 40 minutes.
Print at Food.com*****
Speaking of cheesy and British--
You probably already know that I often use music as motivation to actually get into the kitchen (I enjoy eating a lot more than I enjoy cooking) and you probably already know about my abiding love for the music of Tom Jones. He's pretty cool, too. Paul and I were in the fifth row for one of his concerts and he was very funny and personable. Paul used to refuse to listen to his music, but after we went to the concert, Paul has become almost as big a Tom Jones fan as I am. (Don't tell him I told you!) In case you were wondering, I kept my underwear on. But there were panties thrown--just by women old enough to be my grandmother.