Via the Grinder, some Brits getting all Cain and Abel over shepherd's* pie:
A row over the correct way to make shepherd’s pie ended up in court after a disagreement between two brothers turned violent.
After a day spent drinking, Michael Garvin cooked his brother John the traditional English dish for dinner, expecting a grateful response.
John, however, voiced his disquiet that the pie was not topped with a layer of sliced tomatoes.
His brother, a chef, claimed a layer of tomatoes was not the appropriate way to finish off a shepherd’s pie, and responded by hitting him over the head with a shovel.As the argument got out of control, John threatened to petrol bomb his brother’s flat and was arrested.
One can shake one's head, and say that it's wrong to hit one's brother in the head with a shovel, and that's usually the case. But that's a very glass-half-empty way to look at this story. Wouldn't a better lede be "In Lancastershire, two brothers are still passionate about traditional English food"? In an era when so few seem concerned with what a dish is, and what it ain't, I call this the feel-good story of the week.
*They have shepherd's, rather than shepherds', which would make for some pretty chubby dudes with pastoral employments.