You can make one large pie here or use small dishes for individual servings. Just remember how many allspice berries you put in so you can count them out again once the mince is ready. If you prefer not to use wine in your cooking, you could always add some unsweetened grape juice (red or white) instead.
Heat half the oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the mince over fairly high heat for about 10 minutes until it is golden brown, stirring often and breaking up any clusters with
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan. Sauté the onion for 5 minutes or so over low–medium heat until it is lightly golden and a bit sticky. Add the garlic and carrot and sauté for a few minutes more so that the carrot looks a bit caramelly. Add the passata and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the browned mince. Season well with salt and add the bay leaf, allspice berries, basil and parsley. Stir in
...and at night, once they are sound asleep, there are opened tubs of cream here and there, and not-even-half-eaten apples and strawberries. And still bits of chewed-up liver or other meat they tossed to their friend — the dog.
© 2010 All rights reserved. Published by Murdoch Books.