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On first encounters.

Throughout my life, I’ve often clashed initially with the people I go onto having great respect for and good relationships with. I know it’s because those people are like me in many ways – stubborn, smart, idealistic and saying what she thinks. So I’ve learned to not write people off after the first few encounters. Some of you know who you are ;)

At the other end, there are the pretenders, those who lie their way through encounters, almost trying to trick you into thinking they’re someone they’re not. That they are nice, or agree with you on everything. Sure, agree with me on everything, but because I have great ideas, rather than cos you’re a little suck up.

Anyway, just musing this rainy Good Friday,

And loving my (Mum’s) herb scissors.

Still in love with these herb scissors

Bolognese Pinky Style for the Gourmet Garden Blog off / Cook off

Blog Off Cook Off

I received a cooler bag with herb tubes from Gourmet Garden to be able to participate in the Blog Off challenge. Below is my sketti bolognese, with the Gourmet Garden herbs in action. A step by step breakdown of cooking with Pinky.

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Step One: Tie Back hair and PUT ON CAT EARS. Because I’m always more awesome when I’m a cat. Ears are, of course, from shanalogic.com, but they’re not stocked at the moment :(

Step Two: Figure out what I’m going to put in it.
What? You’d think I’d know before this in case I needed to pick a certain something up at the shops? Not this kitty. Yup, got the mince, tomatoes and veges when I was at the shops. The rest is left to the pantry gods.

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Ingredients:
700g-1kg of mince. I have Beef 5 star here from Coles. I usually use Roo mince, but I couldn’t see it that day, plus Rish’s mum has an aversion to ‘roo meat…
2 tins diced tomatoes.
1 tin or tub of tomato paste.
An onion.
A carrot.
Some mushrooms.
Olive oil.
Red wine of your choice.
A few squirts of Garlic.
A few squirts Basil.
A squirt of Thyme.
A smattering of Oregano.
A pinch of Salt.

Pasta, to serve with it. I love San Remo’s gluten free range. It holds together well. Their usual pasta is here for the boys who like their meals full of gluten :p

Step Three: Crank on some tune via my last.fm radio

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Step Four: Get cooking!

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Yup, still got the ears on.

Okay, step one, dice the onion while a generous splash of olive oil heats in a large pan.

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Brown it up a little, then add the mince.

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Break up the mince as much as you can with the spatula. When it starts browning add the tomato sauce and paste.

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Realise you need a can opener and search for it in the DRAWER OF DOOM.

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Find it, safely. Add the tomato and fold it through. (You can ‘fold’ on the stovetop, right?)

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Try not to trip over the dog at your feet while you fetch the herbs. He’d like that. You’d probably get mince everywhere and he’s eat all the mince. And be happy. But sick. But most importantly all those hours hanging around in the kitchen will have paid off!

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Squirt in the desired amount of garlic, thyme, basil. Shake oregana and salt in. Add anything else you like, like chili, or rosemary, at this stage.

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Chop the mushrooms and carrot roughly and throw in with a glass of wine.

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Let this simmer for at least 20 mins, but an hour is better, just add more water and/or wine as the moisture boils away.

Gourmet Garden Bolognese

Serve with your pasta of choice and parmesan cheese, and a Greek salad. mmmmm. Enjoy that you have leftovers for days!

What’s your special bolgnese ingredient??

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