THIS quick and easy microwave meal is bound to be enjoyed on a cold winter’s evening. The recipe is a variation on cottage pie and a favourite of herb expert, Marie Bowker. Cottage pie Serves 6Ingredients:1 large onion12,5 ml margarine1 kg beef mince50gram (100ml) cake flour250 ml (1cup) beef stock, use a stock cube.100ml tomato sauce12,5 ml Worcestershire sauce25 ml (1 Tablespoon) finely chopped parsley5ml mixed dried herbs (if fresh herbs are used, add 5 medium basil leaves, chopped finely.)Pinch of pepper7ml saltMethod:Use one of the following toppings instead of mashed potato.Crust toppingIngredients:125 ml milk125 ml sunflower oil1 egg200ml cake flour10 ml baking powderPinch of salt50g(125ml) grated cheesePaprikaMethod:Beat the milk, sunflower oil, egg, cake flour, baking powder and salt to form a smooth batter. Pour the batter over the cooked mince meat mixture, sprinkle the cheese and paprika over.Microwave the pie uncovered for 6 to 8 minutes on 100% power. To ensure that crust is cooked through test with cake skewer. Leave the pie to stand for a few minutes before serving.Mashed cauliflower topping1 kg fresh cauliflower125 ml water2 ml salt25gr margarine50ml milk 125ml grated cheesePaprikaMethod:Cut cauliflower into pieces, wash and drain, place in a deep dish add the water and salt cover and microwave for 20 minutes on 100% power, stirring every 5 minutes.Drain the cauliflower, mash well, add the margarine and milk and mix thoroughly.Spread the mix over the cooked mince meat, sprinkle with cheese and paprikaMicrowave uncovered on 100% for 5 minutes. Serve. - Annette Human.