Being nostalgic on Mashed potatoes & ground beef

Being nostalgic is like wishing to come back to those days in which magic fulfilled day after day. Today, there is some magic, but this insists to be away most of time.

Mom used to prepare mashed potatoes followed by ground beef. There were times she tried to match something else than ground beef. I didn't like when mashed potatoes were served with anything else but ground beef. It was like a disappointment whenever that happened.

Mom teached me how to prepare mashed potatoes. On how to prepare ground beef, I learned with dad. Yeah, he used to cook. Mom got jealous most of times he did that, because I used to like his food more than hers. Now, I see I liked it because there was a different approach on the same dishes. Picture that: your mom cooks at least 3 times a day, seven days per week and, once in a while your dad goes to kitchen and makes anything. Tell me, you'd probably say: \"Wow, dad, that's delicious\"... wouldn't you?

{Dad also teached me how to cook rice & beans...}

Most of times my parents cooked, I used to watch them. The utmost thing was when they allowed me to chop or measure things. I got thrilled. When I started cooking by myself, I mean after I made a cake by myself, I was able to open pantry and turn on oven and so. Afterwards, it became an only girl working process.

If you have kids, let them join you. Show them what they can do and what they can't. Explain them there are dangerous things and supervise whatever they do, but, also, give them some responsabilities. For example, ask them to remind you when you should take out cake from oven {they'd review some math lessons}. I don't have kids, but those things are great. It made me feel like I was wonder woman girl.

Mashed potatoes & ground beef

{Mashed potatoes}
1 lb. of potatoes
1 and 1/2 tablespoon of butter
1/2 cup of milk
Salt to taste

{Ground beef}

1 lb. of ground beef
1/2 lemon juice
1 tablespoon of butter
1 medium onion - chopped
1 garlic clove - minced
1 teaspoon of chive - chopped
1 teaspoon of parsley - chopped
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
2 teaspoon of salt
1 pinch of black pepper - ground
1 tomato - diced
{{How to prepare}}

{Mom used to say: \"Never prepare more mashed potatoes you're supposed to eat. Mashed potatoes are not good in the next day\"} Take a medium saucepan. Put the ingredients in this order: butter, garlic, lemon juice, salt, black pepper. Mix them all. Following, put ground beef, onion, chive, parsley and rosemary and take to the fridge for, at least, 15 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, boil potatoes with peel for 15-20 minutes. You'll know when they're ready when you stick a fork and feel that's tender.

As soon as you start boiling potatoes, take the pan in where is ground beef. In medium heat, cook them until gets brown. Always stirring. Then, add diced tomato and cook it until tomato is softened. Turn off the heat.

Heat up milk. It's not necessary to boil it. Take aside.
As soon as potatoes are cooked, peel them. Use a cloth for you not to be burned. Be careful, because potatoes take a long time to be cooled, but we can't wait for them to be cold to peel them. Sorry.

Put some salt and mash them. Then, drop butter and mix until it's combined.

Last, pour milk and mix again until all is combined. Taste salt.

I like to serve like this and while mashed potatoes are still warm.

PS: Here's a wonderful tip -> sprinkle some grated cheese on top of ground beef. It'll be awesome!
PS2: It serves 1 person + 1 glutton