Simple’s Good

I was a bit stuck for dinner tonight…we had roast lamb for lunch which was both simple and quite awesome but once everyone left I was on my own and still quite peckish – possibly because the main fire is misbehaving and so the house wasn’t as warm and comfortable as it usually is…

I’d come across this recipe a couple of weeks ago when I ended up with a surfeit of mince, cheese and potato which was largely a factor of what was left in the house when I was stranded here buggy and with a flat battery…then I got by with my trusty curry and beans recipe which keeps me going for 3-4 days…whatever I did tonight would have to do me tomorrow as well so I didn’t have to thaw out more food that I’d actually use before going to work on Tuesday…

It is very simple, very fast and very yummy…at the moment it is the Formula One of my culinary repertoire…

500 g minced beef

3 slice(s) white bread,crumbled

250 g cottage cheese

1 medium egg, beaten

1 small onion, chopped

salt, to taste


Combine all ingredients and fill into a baking pan.

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Bake for 30 minutes.

 That’s it….uber-simple and served up with steaming hot root veges, tonight parsnip, carrot, potato and two different kinds of kumara…enough to feed four for less than $10…not just bargain food but yummy bargain food…

Next time though, I think I’ll spice it up some…toss in a teaspoon of coriander seeds and probably a good dose of tomato paste or tomato sauce (ketchup to the uncivilised)…

I always like to have a picture in each post but I had a bit of a disaster when I flipped the baking dish to set the loaf on a plate and it kinda went every which way on me so here’s a randomly selected pic to keep the tradition going…

Marines at Arlington

2 thoughts on “Simple’s Good

  1. I won’t comment on the implications of having “a surfeit of mince” but I will tell you a little known fact about your photo.

    Back in 1989 I was newly stationed at Ft. Myers, just adjacent to the Iwo Jima memorial. One evening I decided to get familiarize myself with the nearby terrain and headed over to the memorial where I was surprised at how busy the place was so late in the evening.

    It was only then that I discovered that the monument was a local meeting place for men to have anonymous hook ups.

    Needless to say, that was the last time I ever went there AND now I know why the U.S. Army puts its memorials on military bases.

    Semper Fi, indeed…


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