When things go well in the kitchen


I went into town this afternoon to get some cash for the wood man tomorrow, pick up some supplies for the man-cave from ITM (I had no idea deck screws were so expensive!!) and fill up the truck: I’m still refusing to support the local garage because they just don’t get what small communities are about (long story). It’s a 30 minute drive each way so I took the dogs for a ride as well (dogs get cabin fever too, you know) and also took the opportunity to progress my current Audible book, The Templar Legacy – man, it is so good to have an Audible-compatible MP3 player again thanks to the helpful young lady at The Appliance Spot in Taumarunui.

I got home with a real case of the munchies. Of course the munchies never hit ’til after the last shop on the road home otherwise I’d’ve filled the gap with the $10 Special fish’n’ships from the shop in Mananui…pottered around a bit, put my latest batch of pies in the freezer, ate the last one because it wouldn’t fit in the container but it just didn’t fill the gap…and I’m all outta other munchies in the pantry…

1 small onion diced into tiny pieces
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 teaspoon fresh mint
1 sprig of rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons chopped chives.
2 teaspoons coriander
1 tablespoon Carmen’s special chili relish (or local equivalent)
1 teaspoon gourmet pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
300 grams mince
1 tin spaghetti

Heat a non-stick pan on an element. When hot add onions and garlic and cook until onions are soft.
Add remaining spices and flavours – stir well with a wooden spoon (NO METAL IN THE TEFLON PANS) for 2-3 minutes.
Add mince and mix into spices and herbs – make sure that there are no lumps in the mince – cook until mince is brown.
Add spaghetti and gently mix into other ingredients.
Simmer for ten minutes.

Serve on thick slices of walnut toast.

Am off to a job interview in Taupo tomorrow and away down to Palmerston North to look at another opportunity on Friday (an early start and probably a late finish day) so there mightn’t be any updates til the weekend…

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