Two Ingredients Bolognese -Convenimince.


On Sunday I went to The Wellington Food Show, it was entertaining but there was rather a lot of wine for a food show and me and wine are not friends any more. The best parts were watching chefs in the theatre, having a wonderful lunch from the Origin Gourmet Food Truck  and buying beef from Green Meadows Beef.

Green Meadows are excellent on the social media front and  great to follow on Twitter and you can find them here. I found out about their new product Convenimince through Twitter and I was curious about  the ‘Grass-fed beef mince blended with sautéed onion, red capsicum, garlic & a hint of magic.’ As I bought a 4 choice deal pack at the show I brought a packet home with me.

I have been pondering over what to do with it and after over complicating things I talked myself round to keeping it simple, really simple. I chose to do a two ingredient bolognese and it was very good. I had to fight the urge to cut up and onion or clove or garlic. I felt proud of my achievement as I love to add things. I am pleased I managed it.


Dinner was delicious and it made a brilliant midweek staple dinner easy. We will certainly be buying Convenimince regularly as the taste was excellent and flavourful .It would make great patties, meatballs and kofta.

All I did tonight was –

Brown the Convenimince in a little olive oil.

Added the tinned tomatoes, I used Wattie’s Crushed and Sieved.

Cook with lid off for 10-15 minutes until liquid has reduced.

Cook for a further 10 minutes with lid on,  stir occasionally.

Serve with pasta of your choice.



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At last, my tomato sauce for pasta recipe

This is one of those recipes I have always just made. Until I had Miss Muffin it never occurred to me to buy ready made pasta sauces. Often I have one in the cupboard for ‘Justin’ (just in case) and I often end up using the jar as a curry base rather than a pasta sauce. In this recipe I do not use the cheapest tinned tomatoes, they do work fine, the Wattie’s special range give a fuller flavour. I stock up when they are on offer.
The great thing about this simple sauce is you can make everyone’s bowl to their taste. For example, I put chilli flakes and some sour cream in my bowl and chilli flakes, sliced salami in Mr Muffin’s bowl. 

Tomato pasta sauce-

  • Servings: 4
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2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium size onion white or red, diced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 tin of tomatoes
2 tsp dried mixed herbs 
Heat the olive oil and then add the garlic and onion
Cook until transparent
Add tomato paste and cook until all goes red
Add tomatoes and dried herbs
Simmer gently for 5 minutes
Cover and cook for a further 10 mins
Serve over pasta of your choice.