Category Archives: mince

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spaghetti elvedenese

spaghetti bolognese elveden forest style Some of the best meals come when your hands are tied; everyone's hungry and you just have to work with what you've got. I had this recently whilst on holiday at Center Parcs Elveden Forest. Worn out from trekking, swimming and climbing, the troops needed fuel! We've been to this village several times over the years and never failed to have an amazing time. We have kids separated in age by 9 years. This presents it's own challenges which is well … Continue Reading ››

keema chana curry

keema chana curry This was completely inspired to the ideas I'd been absorbing from Jamie's 15 Minute Meals. Keeping a few pans on the go, everything cooked separately and brought together, powerful spices to give the flavours a kick... It's exactly in keeping with the way some of the Jamie recipes work. I do have one ingredient in there I'm not convinced Jamie would approve of... frozen mince and onion. But I can't ignore the time-saving this offers me. If' I'd have had coriander leaf to scatter on top, it … Continue Reading ››

lasagne al forno

lasagne al forno Lasagne has to be one of my favourite dinners. If I'm stuck for what to cook, it always pleases a crowd and satisfies. I like a lasagne with gutsy tomato sauce, plenty of layers of pasta and a bubbling, cheesy topping. I've tried all sorts, with Marmite in, with marmalade in, with soy sauce in... this version is about as traditional as I make mine. I used some CIRIO tomatoes in this one, a mix of thick passata, … Continue Reading ››

tagliatelle bolognese

tagliatelle bolognese This was another test for the slow cooker - a sturdy bolognese recipe. This one is lifted from this month's Delicious magazine. It's much more complicated than my personal favourite recipe but they both have merit. The results were very good - it was missing something, perhaps a little acidity - but very satisfying for something left alone for 7 hours. I made enough for ten here, so I have two future dinners perfectly preserved :) Bolognese:

1kg beef mince

1 onion, finely diced

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spaghetti bolognese

spaghetti bolognese I've two versions of a spaghetti bolognese; a workaday version or this, my I've-got-a-whole-day-to-spare version. It's heartily lifted from Antonio Carluccio who claims it's the way they do it in Bologna. It's simple to the point of absurd and a very short ingredient list. I start by browning mince; an equal combo of pork and beef. The pork lends wonderful fat to the dish, and the beef gutsy red meat. Once it's browned I remove it and fry a chopped onion until translucent. Then the … Continue Reading ››