Although we have dined on mince unlike the owl and the pussycat we did not have slices of quince to accompany it, nor did we have a runcible spoon.
I did, however, eat quince milles feuilles at our favourite pub for lunch today. A cold dessert of layers of puff pastry, whipped cream and quince purée. It was nice but I have to (modestly) say, not as nice as any of the desserts I have made with my quinces.
Yesterday was the 25th, the day I photograph the Quince Tree.
Although you can't see them there are still quite a lot of quinces on the tree.
Some are rotting on the tree.
I'm sure everyone knows how to make a tasty pot of mince. I expect we all do it slightly differently. This is how I make mine. I like it rich and tomatoey. I use passata rather than tinned tomatoes as I like the smoothness it gives to the sauce. I also include some smoked bacon which adds flavour and smokiness as well as salt. This is one of the rare times when I use a stock cube. I don't often make beef stock. Kallo make good stock cubes free from junk. The stock cube also adds salt so I am careful to only add extra salt at the end of cooking if necessary. Sun-dried tomatoes are another of my special touches -again adding saltiness as well as flavour.
Ingredients for a big pot of mince to feed at least five depending how many teenaged boys you have.
4-5 rashers of smoked streaky bacon.
1 stick of celery (optional)
Half a red pepper (optional)
1-2 cloves of garlic
5-6 sun-dried tomato halves
1 kilo of beef mince
big pinch of dried herbs - I use a blend labelled Italian herbs, something with oregano is good.
Heat some olive oil (or some of the oil from the sun-dried tomato jar) in a roomy pan and gently fry the chopped mixture.
Add the mince, stir well and let it cook for until the redness has gone from the meat.
Add the stock cube directly to the pan and prod it around to dissolve it.
Let it cook covered for at least 30 mins over a low heat. Longer is better and it improves if reheated.
We ate it with potato wedges and a sprinkling of grated cheddar.
Following Katie's energy drink experience I spoke to the manager of our Tesco Express. He said that as far as he knew Tesco had no policy regarding the sale of these drinks to children. I suggested they get one.