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Astar's Recipe - Indian Mince, Beef Curry, Bran Muffins - 4 June

Sandra Holmes' Indian Mince

250-300g low-fat mince
1-2 tsp curry powder (or to taste)
3/4 cup beef stock
1 tin Watties Indian tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
3-4 cooked potatoes, cut bite-size (or 2 tins Edgel Tiny Taters, cut bite-size)

  • Brown the mince in a non-stick pan, add curry powder and cook a little longer. 
  • Add the tomatoes, stock, potatoes and salt and pepper.
  • Cover and simmer approximately 15 minutes.
  • While the mince mixture is simmering cook the peas, add the peas to the mince mixture just before serving.

Serves 4-6

Jodie Collins' Easy Beef (or Lamb) Curry

The original recipe is made with lamb chips but beef ones are a great inexpensive substitute.

1 packet of Aria Farm Lamb Chips
1 cup of chopped spinach (optional)
1 onion finely chopped 
1/2 teaspoon of curry powder (for extra spice add more or use hot curry powder)
1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
1 can of chopped tomatoes (I puree mine)
1/4 cup milk

  • Heat non-stick pan and add lamb chips.
  • When chips are brown add onion and spinach, saute till onion is clear.
  • Add curry powder and garam masala, mix in well.
  • Add canned tomatoes and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Add milk, stir through and remove from heat.
  • Serve over rice with a green salad.

Serves 3 to 4

Kathy's Bran Muffin Recipe - with variety!

This recipe was given to me by my friend Kathy, who I believe is the world's muffin queen!

The great thing about this recipe is that the combinations are endless.

2 cups wholemeal stone-ground flour
1 cup sugar
3 cups All Bran or San Bran; or 2 cups and 1 cup muesli
1 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs - beaten
1 tsp salt
1 pint of milk warmed (dissolved 2 tsp bicarbonate soda in the milk)
Melt 4 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp golden syrup

Above is the basic recipe. Add if you want any of the following:

  • 2-3 granny smith apples chopped with sultanas

Kathy tells me you need a good couple of handfuls of:

  • Dried apricots or tinned with syrup
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple and ginger
  • Banana
  • Mixed berries


  • Preset oven to 200 degrees Celsius and fan bake.
  • Grease muffin pans, or line pans with paper cups.
  • In a bowl put flour, sugar, bran, salt, and baking powder and mix well.
  • Add eggs, milk, melted butter and syrup and mix to combine.
  • Then, add as indicated above, a good couple of handfuls of your choice of fruits.

These muffins really are delicious. Kathy makes the basic mix then divides the mix to add different combinations. They also freeze well.