Less cooking and not many more cars


5 days. I feel like I’ve abandoned my blog but it’s only been 5 days. I can understand the comment made on an earlier blog about feeling like you are having an affair with WordPress (although I have told my other half that I blog now.)

Part of the reason for the lack of blogging is that since the last one, we’ve eaten at the local pub or I’ve been away playing with cars, more about that later.

We did manage to spend one night at home so I cooked mince beef enchiladas as we had some wraps and mince beef in the fridge.

500g mince beef
4-5 wraps (depending on the size of your oven dish)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tins of tomatoes
100g cheese
Onion, chopped
Handful of chopped mushroom
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 Red Pepper

Gently fry the onion in the oil until it starts to soften, then add the pepper, garlic and mushrooms. Once that’s all starting to soften too, add the mince, increase the heat slightly and fry until brown. Mix in the spices then add one of the tin of tomatoes and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. You could also add a splash of red wine before the tomatoes or some Dark Soy Sauce with the tomatoes.


Once the sauce is ready, put roughly a ladleful in the middle of a wrap and parcel it up. The wraps have a habit of sticking to the bottom of tray so I also spread a small ladleful of mixture in the bottom of the tray. Once you have filled a tray in a single layer, pour another tin of tomatoes over the top (I prefer these blended but you can leave them as normal or use passata instead) then cover with as much cheese as you want. Put into a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 6 for about 15 minutes by which point the cheese should be starting to brown. Stick under the grill to crisp up some more, if needed, then serve.

One experiment the Other Half and I were talking about trying is using wraps instead of pasta sheets next time we make lasagne but that will wait a month or two!


And the car bit….yesterday I went to a sprint at MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association) and its a slightly odd place. Its great for drivers as the bit we use for the sprint has a super grippy surface, but there’s no spectators and cameras are banned. We get a nifty little blue sticker to cover the lens for phone cameras. Saturday was more modern machinery and not really my favourite place or spectacle. Next weekend is the British Hillclimb Championship round locally so should provide a little more entertainment.


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