Today, I was going to share with you a child-friendly recipe featuring lamb mince, flavoured beans, and puff pastry. Simple, easy, nutritious – this recipe had it all.
And then some.
That was to be our dinner last night.
Knowing that we had a busy day ahead, I decided to be smart and prepare the mince mixture ahead of time. I browned mince and onions; I added grated carrot and a can of flavoured beans.
I left the mixture to cool while I got the boys ready to leave the house, and just before we left, I covered the pan with a wooden board, in lieu of a lid, to keep any flies off it.
Five hours later, I lifted that bread board so I could take out a portion to make a little pie for Tiny. As the board was lifted, a dirty great blow fly buzzed out of the pan.
I won’t repeat what was uttered at that moment. I also won’t repeat what was uttered when a cursory glance into the pan revealed lots of little white eggs nestled gently into the congealed mince.
Turns out the bread board I used didn’t quite cover the pan.
That dirty fly managed to squeeze his way in and had a lovely old time in our dinner.
Last night, Tiny begrudgingly ate an impromptu dinner of rice and tuna. Tall and I had steak sarnies with homemade caramelised onions. Not a bad outcome, in the scheme of things, but throwing all that food into the bin was not a good feeling.
As those of us in the Southern Hemisphere head into summer, please take my misfortune as a reminder about food safety and all the nasties that summer can bring!
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