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Monday, 1 July 2013

HAM & EGG SALAD

After a weekend of BBQs and eating out - a simple lunch - HAM AND EGG SALAD was most welcome. We ate this with a few buttered new potatoes. Just be careful about the number of calories in the dressing you use. We tend not to use artificial low-fat dressings. Make your salads look enticing and you'll feel very satisfied.
Strolling through the local fruit and vegetable market I was delighted at the fresh produce on offer. The fruit was very tempting too, so I'll be making up a fruit salad later. As the weather remains warm, this week we'll be eating quite a lot of salad. I've also made lots of this spaghetti bolognese recipe (see below), and we'll be eating that later with pasta. The basic recipe can be used in a lasagne too. It's economical to make more than you need, then freeze into portions.



SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE - BASIC MINCE MIXTURE
450g good beef mince (fat poured off) 
160g onions 
120g mushrooms (optional)
Tablespoon tomato puree 
400g (large) tin chopped tomatoes
A few fresh chopped tomatoes (optional)
Mixed herbs to taste - either fresh or dried
Bay leaf
Garlic
Salt & pepper
Large glass of red (or white) wine - optional
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Brown the mince in a frying pan and pour off the fat or drain on kitchen paper. 

Fry the onions in a little oil until soft then add as much garlic as you like.

For added flavour you could de-glaze your frying pan with a large glass of red wine.

 Pour the onions, garlic and minced beef into a large saucepan. 

Add dried provencal herbs and/or your own fresh herbs. 

Add the chopped mushrooms (no need to fry these first).

Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and tomato puree.  

Season with salt/pepper and add the bay leaf.

Simmer for around 30 minutes.

Freeze in portions.
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