This is the first time I have cooked from one of Sarah Wilson’s books. My effort is long overdue. Wilson is from Canberra (my town) and one of six children. Our daughters went to primary school with some of her siblings.
Wilson has worked in many aspects of the media, including more than four years as editor of the Australian Cosmopolitan magazine. She is best known for her I quit sugar books and for urging Australians to reduce their sugar intake and lead a more healthy and active lifestyle. She closed her I quit sugar business in early 2018.
1 kg beef or lamb mince
2 tablespoons almond meal or breadcrumbs
1 carrot, grated
1 brown onion, finely diced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large eggs
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
English mustard, to serve (optional)
Transfer mixture to the greased loaf tin. Bake for 45 minutes. Top with tomato slices and bake for another 10 minutes. Cover loaf with foil for 10 minutes to rest. Gently remove from tin and slice. Serve with green salad or steamed greens and English mustard. Serves 8.
How it played out
I made this as written using beef mince, 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 50 grinds of black pepper. The only way to mix something like this is to get your hands dirty, so I got to work massaging the ingredients in a large bowl.
While the oven heated, I sat down to type the recipe. Oops! That’s when I realised I forgot to add the almond meal. So I dumped everything back in the bowl and massaged that in too. The bake times were spot on. Served with potatoes wedges, steamed asparagus and green salad.
Travel and fires
If you ever visit my travel blog, you’ll know that much of eastern Australia has been on fire. To date, 29 people have died, almost 6000 homes and buildings have been lost, more than a billion animals have died and almost 19 million hectares (46 million acres) of land have been burnt. Here’s a rundown of the unbelievable devastation.
Miraculously, our beach house in South Rosedale is still standing. North Rosedale (separated from us by a timber foot bridge) has been wiped out. Only 14 of about 80 houses there have survived. We hope to check on our place soon and report back. In the meantime, we’ve offered it to someone who lost their place. They moved in today.