Wednesday, 9 September 2015

A Family Meal of Sweet Potato Cottage Pie with Finish and Giveaway!

I love cooking a meal for a get together with family.

Once upon a time, it would have been a dinner party, but now that we have children a dinner party for us is getting the family around a table and enjoying a meal together.

I love sitting down and deciding what meal I am going to cook for everyone. Having children it means that the meal must be one that does not take too much preparation and time. Our family get togethers are usually at the weekend which is valuable family time together. 

My ultimate dinner party would consist of the hubby and I with our children and parents. I would host the party in our home. It would be a relaxed dinner party where the food would be child friendly, there would be plenty of laughs and quality time spent together. Time with family is so important, not just for us but for the children as well.

When I cook a large meal I have a tendency to use every pan available and do make a mess! There are always plenty of pots to clean. When hosting a dinner party you do not want to waste time cleaning pots. This is where Finish dishwasher detergents can help. Regardless of whether the pots have been cleaned straight away or if they have been left out all night, with dried on food, you can guarantee that they will come out of the dishwasher clean first time.

To really put Finish to the test I decided to make one of our family favourites that does make plenty of pots to wash!

This is my Sweet Potato Cottage Pie...

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie


450g lean mince beef
1 onion. chopped
1 stick of celery, chopped
1 broccoli, cut into small florets
100g sweetcorn
100g peas
3 med carrots, chopped into cubes
2 parsnips, cut into cubes
500mls beef stock
Gravy granules
4 lg sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp butter
Black pepper
50g cheddar cheese, cut into cubes


1 - Pre heat the oven to 200C

2 - Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the sweet potato, simmer for 15 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft enough to mash

3 - While the sweet potatoes are cooking place the meat, onion and celery in a large saute pan over a medium to high heat for 10 minutes

4 - Add the sweetcorn, carrots, peas, parsnip and broccoli to the pan and cook for 5 minutes 

5 - Pour over the beef stock and bring to the boil

6 - Once the sweet potatoes are soft, drain and mash

7 - Stir in the butter and a sprinkling of black pepper according to taste

8 - Sprinkle over the meat some gravy granules to thicken up the stock

9 - Pour the meat mixture into a casserole dish and top with the sweet potato mash

10 - Scatter over the cubes of cheese

11- Place in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until the gravy sauce is bubbling and the cheese has thoroughly melted and serve!

This is a meal is sure to be a hit with the whole family. The children will love it as will the adults, especially now that the season is changing.

Many of the pots were washed on the night, but a couple did get left over. I knew that my casserole dish, that had baked on food, would be a great test for Finish. I also had a cup that Joseph had left out with dried on hot chocolate. Another great way to check out the cleaning power of Finish was by seeing how it would cope with a glass that has been used for a smoothie. In the past I have found that cheaper dishwasher products have left the glasses cloudy and not fully clean.

I was delighted with the results after using Finish Performance Enhancing Dishwasher Salt, Quantum Max Shine and Protect, Dishwasher Cleaner and Rinse Aid. The glass pots came out crystal clean with no smeary streak marks. All of the pots had a fantastic clean shine to them. Along with the clean pots was the lovely scent of the apple and lime dishwasher pods. 

Since trying Finish I have been converted. It really is worth spending the extra cost to get a quality product. The cheaper supermarket one really are false economy as there have been many times that I have had to rewash pots due to them not coming out clean. The Finish products even work when using a quick economy wash! I would thoroughly recommend switching to Finish. Carry on reading to see how you can see the great results for yourself!

Getting pots clean first time makes life so much easier. Come on, who really does enjoy washing pots? No body! Instead of spending your time rewashing pots you should be spending time with your family creating memories! 

If you are going to host a dinner party or a good old family get together Finish have some great entertaining tips that you can find here.

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  1. Having your hands in left over food water yuk!

  2. Washing up is a job that I hate. It takes ages and then I have to dry up and wash down the sink and draining board

  3. The thing I hate most is the drying !

  4. never do it, which is why we have a dishwasher - and hubbie is in charge of loading and unloading it... :)

  5. everything!! but mostly the bits left in the sink! yuk

  6. The time it takes, time that could be much better spent doing something you actually enjoy!

  7. Things that stuck to baking trays!

  8. Ruining my nails - sad but true!

  9. theres always too many dishes cups plates knifes forks spoons and they dont all fit in the draining area

  10. Just hate washing it takes too long, thank god for the Dishwasher.

  11. I hate my hands going soggy in the sink

  12. Scraping leftover sauce off the plates.

  13. I hate struggling with the stuck on or burnt on food!

  14. Water gets trapped under my ring and my skin gets itchy and red

  15. I hate washing pans and baking trays with stuff stuck on them.

  16. Dirty water, burnt on food & dry hands

  17. I hate when there is baked on cheese that doesn't come off.

  18. The odd bit of food that hides in the sink! Ewwwwwww!

  19. Having to constantly change the water :-(

  20. I hate that no one but me can seem to rinse their dish off when they put it into the sink. It saves so much work when it comes to the washing up side of things. I have to remind my family every single time. Argh

  21. the saucepans never get as clean when washing by hand

  22. Cleaning the sink and draining board! No matter how much I check there is always something that should have gone in the dishwasher.

  23. Scrubbing greasy baking trays is rank. They never seem to be completely grease-free.

  24. Getting water everywhere :-(

  25. Bits that are stuck on baking trays

  26. the feeling of the water as it cools down, seems to get greaier then :((

  27. Even filling the dishwasher - I find is hard work

  28. I hate having to scrub pans where something has burnt, and having to clean the backs of frying pans to get rid of grease that other members of my household always fail to wash off

  29. Everything!!! That's why I bought a dishwasher before a washing machine when I first moved in to my new house lol!!!

  30. Emptying the plug hole after it has caught the stray bits of food and gunk :(

  31. Sunday roast dishes are the worst! Greasy roast tray and Yorkshire pudding tin and mountains of pans!!

  32. I hate trying to stack the plates in the rack when you've washed them

  33. Everything, The grease, The bits of food and its time consuming,and such an anticlimax after enjoying your meal


Thank you for your comments I do love to hear what you think and try to reply to as many as I can x