Sometimes a recipe just gets stuck in my head and I have to make it straight away. This week it was for curried mince. I went out and bought the ingredients and came straight home. The mince was made and served up with some vetkoek. A traditional South African meal that I hope you try to make yourself.
I have a white board at work that I use for our delivery schedule. Towards the end of last year it started looking very tatty. I got a bee in my bonnet that it had to be cleaned up immediately. The first thing I had to do was remove all the stuck on letters. These denoted the areas we went to. After the place names were removed I got stuck in removing the sticky stuff. This left me with a blank slate so to speak. I headed off to the Mall to buy some tape to mark off the board, separating it into date and days of the week. I also wanted a new pen to use for writing on the board. One that could easily be wiped off, and had a thin tip. The first store I went to had the pen and not the tape.
And the second store had the tape but not a pen. I really only wanted to shop once, and went to a third store. There they had the tape and about two-thirds of the price of the previous shop. And they had the perfect pen. While I was browsing I noticed an eraser for the write and wipe board. There was not price on it. But as everything else was so cheap I added it to my basket. It was only when I looked at the till slip did I see that the cost was over R100. I did not need something so expensive to do the job which is as easily done using something much cheaper. I asked for my money back, returned to work and sorted out the board straight away.
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- 30 mls olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2.5 cm fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 7.5 mls garam masala
- 500 g minced beef
- 2 large ripe tomatoes, grated, skins discarded
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan and then sauté the onion until soft
- Season and add the garlic, ginger and masala
- Cook until you can smell the spices
- Brown the beef in batches
- Seaon generously and add the tomatoes
- Reduce the temperature and leave to simmer until the liquid has evaporated