Back in 2008 I made DVD copies (legitimately) for "Delia's How To Cheat At Cooking".
One of the recipes was for Shepherd's Pie and when she got to the mashed potato topping she revealed the cheat for that particular dish. It involved using frozen discs of mashed potato which you placed on top of the mince. The next week I discovered they were part of a new range of her frozen food and that they cost an inordinate amount of dosh.
Ever since then I've been making my own. It's dead easy and means I always have mashed potato available at the touch of a microwave button. I've been doing quite a bit of that recently as we are now into potato digging up season and I rather overdid the seed potato ordering at the beginning of the year.
Suffice to say that last weekend I dug up 35lb of potatoes (the result of one bag of seed potatoes) and that there's rather more to come. When I sort them through all the ones that have been accidentally speared by the fork, or which don't look like they'll keep I turn into either mash or sauté (wow, that accent appeared like magic) and then freeze them.
What cheats do you have?