This was not a special meal; just an everyday one, so I had a rummage through the fridge to see what we had. There were lots of vegetables, and these therefore became the basis of my meal.
The mashed potato was spooned on top of the other veg, roughly smoothed-out and dotted with small pieces of butter. The final touch was to grate a little Parmesan cheese on top.
Then (at the appropriate moment) into the oven for about 40 minutes at 160C to brown the potato.
Meanwhile, I prepared the meat element of the meal - some thinly-cut pork steaks. I smeared them with a very small amount of vegetable oil and covered them with a generous grinding of black pepper.
Cooking them was easy - just a few minutes on a hot griddle-pan.
Final touch was a sauce made with cream (Elmlea, actually), shallot and crushed green peppercorns.
So here it is all together - griddled pork steaks with green peppercorn sauce, accompanied by mixed-vegetable gratin.
It probably wouldn't earn me a place on Masterchef, but it certainly served the purpose for which it was intended. Maybe I should also have done some Brussels Sprouts, just for their colour? That's why I added the Parsley garnish, by the way...