A South African dish, Bobotie (boh-boo-tee) is baked minced meat, with herbs and curry powder. It is quick and easy to make and very tasty. It may be served with rice and a mixed salad.

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon vegetable oil medium-sized onions, coarsely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

½ tablespoons curry powder

2 oz. shredded almonds

4 oz. sultanas or raisins

1 teaspoon mixed herbs juice of

½ lemon

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon wine vinegar

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 lb. lean minced beef

3 thick slices white bread

10 fl. oz. milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to moderate 350°F (Gas Mark 4, 180°C). Grease a large, deep pie dish with tablespoon butter.

In a small frying-pan, melt the remain- ing butter and oil. When the foam sub-sides, add the onions and garlic to the pan and fry, over moderate heat, for about

10 minutes, or until the onions are lightly browned.

Remove the onions and garlic from the pan and place them in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the curry powder over the onions and add the almonds, sultanas, mixed herbs, lemon juice, salt, sugar, vinegar, pepper and meat. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

Soak the bread in the milk. Squeeze the milk from the bread and mash the bread into the meat mixture together with 1 beaten egg. Turn the mixture into the buttered pic dish and press it down with the back of a spoon.

If necessary add a little extra milk to the milk squeezed from the bread to make up 6 fluid ounces .

Beat the remaining egg into the milk with a whisk. Pour the milk-and-egg mixture over the meat in the pic dish. Stand the pie dish in a pan of water and bake for about 1 hour, or until the top of the Bobotie is light golden brown and firm to the touch.

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