History Lesson: Shepherd’s Pie

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A shepherd herds and oversees sheep, usually to raise them for eventual sale in a meat market. For sheep, which often means from their pen to a field of grass where they graze. Therefore, the shepherd shepherds the sheep into the field from their pencil.

A pie consists of pastry formed into a bowl which will have a staple food product which the baker chooses (beef, vegetables, or fruit). With that done, the product could be called something other than a pie. When the baker adds a pastry cover (lid or top ) then bakes his or her creation, he or she has baked pie. The title shepherd’s pie implies that mutton (the meat of sheep) got baked into the pie.

You know the title for prepared food products that were not all consumed: leftovers. Shepherd’s pie, a freshly-baked demonstration of kitchen leftovers, provides a baker with a range of chance to liven up an otherwise B record meal while clearing the fridge of older, yet useable food before it spoils. I’ve seen the title”cowboy’s pie.” A pie will eat (taste) the same if the title changes; the pie itself stays the same. Cowboys herd cattle, as shepherds herd sheep.

If from Argentina, you may consult with a pie as gaucho pie, as a gaucho (the Argentinean word for a cowboy) herds cows while on horseback. Speaking of cows, western Americans prefer the title cattle, and they detest the term boy when speaking to themselves and their heritage of herding cows. They like cattlemen better. Cattlemen’s pie works then, does not it? Additionally, it seems better than cowboy’s pie. Probably, we should let go there, since cattlemen do not usually herd cows, which reside in barns, create dairy products, and make small cows (calves).

Cattlemen herd steers to the meat industry. Steers, young castrated bulls, must be consumed before they become oxen (massive feed-consuming beasts once used to haul heavy burdens in carts). We don’t require oxen anymore since we have trucks to haul heavy burdens. If you prefer to eat steak and hamburger, then you recognize the usage of steers. However, you probably don’t want to consider a pie made with leftover castrated bulls.

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