Nana’s, Mum’s and now our Mince on toast Recipe

Photo credit: Markus Spiske from Unsplash 

Those meat-eaters among us, probably crave a wholesome homemade Mince on Toast now and then. Back in my student days, Eva Dixon’s (cafe) did a mean M.O.T, which soothed one or two post-Blair-Street hangovers.

Nana Frances (the gardner, cook, piano player, one of the first women to attend Auckland University as the story goes, lover-of-renaults, cracker bridge and bowls player) features within this blog for her Rice Pudding Recipe also. She was a constant woman. This is her recipe, dictated over the phone by my Mum Maggie (also extraordinary gardner, cook, lover-of-clothes and ever-changing-hair-dos, adoring of young children, characterful canines and a good giggle) during the winter. Mum Maggie also features within this blog for teaching a few of us to bake the perfect scone, a radical meringue and light fluffy spongecake.

1 kg prime beef mince
2 onions – brown or red (chopped finely)
2 x medium carrots (peeled and grated)
1 cup frozen peas
(Optional) 1 cup of fresh or frozen spinach (pre cooked and with water squeezed from it)
1/4 cup of Watties lite (less sugar) Tomato Sauce
1 Tablespoon (i think) of Worchester Sauce
about 1/4 cup Chicken Stock (homemade – it’s sooooo easy)
(Optional) 1 Tablespoon (i think) of Cornflour (this is to thicken the ‘gravy’/sauce)2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
a few cracks of fresh black pepper (more or less to taste NB: Tis VERY delicious to use a lot of pepper, but not all that kid friendly this way)


On a low heat, add the oil to a casserole pot, or large deep frying pan.
Add the chopped onion – sweat it (stirring occasionally) for 10 minutes. Up the heat a little. Add the mince (brown it) breaking it up using a wooden spoon. Once the meat is browned and ‘crumbly-ish’. Add the carrots, sauces, stock, salt and pepper. Let it simmer away. Stirring now and then (so it doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan). Probably after 20 minutes or so, add the peas (and/or) spinach.

* On hot-buttered vogels or molenburg or some specialty bread toasted
* Mashed potato
* Steamed rice

NB: Freezes well.

Our kids do.

Buckets of love from emily at wild & grace media|events

Here’s a couple of other recipes:
Nigella Lawson’s Choc Chip Chilli 
Alison Holst’s Brown Rice Salad
Nigel Slater’s French Pancake (Crepe)


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