I finally figured out that if I do grocery shopping after 5 pm on a weekday, there is a huge discount on mince. Turns out that grocery stores are not allowed to keep mince for next day sale and they would have to chunk out what they couldn't sell that night!!! How wasteful! Therefore, they try to put a 50% discount on what is left in the fridge.
Since budgeting is "in" right now (hehehe, given that we have been surviving on student wages + first job wage for some time means we are soo used to budgeting anyway!), there are heaps of mince recipes in newspapers and magazines. I can't quite remember where I recieved inspiration for this recipe for exactly.. Think it was ABC delicious mag.
The result was tender lightly spiced meat patties that has a slight crisp to the outside. Dahl was cooked in the magic cooker that mum bought me for Christmas.
Spiced Meat Patties with Dhal and Savory Rice (Serves 4)
Spiced Meat Patties
300 grams lean beef mince
1 tsp of garlic
1 tsp of olive oil
1 heap tsp of corn flour
2 tsp fo tumeric
1 tsp of chilli
2 tsp of cumin
2 tsp of mixed spiced
1 chopped chilli
150 grams of mixed lentils (soaked overnight)
1 red onion chopped
3 tsp of tumeric
1 cinnamon stick
2 tsp of chilli powder
4 cups of stock
2 cups of rice
1 red onion chopped
1 tablespoons of garlic
1 tablespoon of spread
1) Heat oil in magic cooker around 6 hours before dinner time. Cook onion and garlic. Add all spices and cook till you can smell it. Place lentils and stock in. Bring it to boil. Place the whole pot in magic cooker. (If u r using slow cooker, just put everything in there and boil for 4-5 hrs, if using pot, allocate around 2 hrs).
2) Spiced Meat patties- Marinate all ingredients together for around 30 minutes. Shaped and fridge for another 15-20 minutes. Heat Grill till very hot and grill patties both sides for around 5-6 minutes.
3) Mean while, rinse rice and place it rice cooker. Melt spread and saute onions and garlic till done. Just before the rice cooks, place mixture into cooker.
4) Serve Spiced Meat patties with mango chutney!
Nearly 1 month to the wedding now and all excitment is on board. RSVPS hv nearly all come through for the Perth side of the celebrations and I'm going to be doing sitting arrangements very soon! Not to mention, after saving $ for sooo long, we have started purchasing gifts, finalizing items, booking stuff, making sure ppl have accomodation and activities..etc It's all in the details right?
The best thing I have learned so far is to trust the people who you have allocate the jobs to. I remembered feeling a little flustered-needing to arrange make up/hair for the other girls when one of my best friends just took over and said she will handle it. Then we have an issue with the invites printing, which another best friend then raised her hands and managed to take the initiative to solve the problem and got all invites on time as well. It's those little moments that count more than the whole event-because u feel really loved. really really loved.
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