Cottage Roll with Mash

Had dinner at my parent's house tonight. I was expecting Chinese food but got cottage roll and mash instead. It's a nice change. My dad is the cook of the family and although this dish is pretty simple to make it was delicious! He has a special spice that he likes to use for everything...cottage's his secret...but not anymore...he uses pickling spice. I know it sounds strange but it actually give his dishes a very unique flavour. Everyone loves his prime rib and even on a cheap cut of meat like cottage rolls, it makes it taste great.
All he does is boil the cottage roll in a pot of water with a handful pickling spice. He allows it to simmer for a couple of hours and then he makes a gravy with the "soup" and a roux. It's the gravy that really makes this dish.

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