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Turkey Bolognese

Posted: October 27, 2013 in Culture
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This has become a monday night favourite in our house. A simple and tasty bolognese made with Turkey Mince.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion – chopped
2 garlic cloves – crushed
2 carrots – peeled and diced (or grated works well.)
500g (ish) pack of turkey mince( breast is better, but leg mince works well too.)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes (Tesco value range is good, just literally chopped tomatoes and nothing else!)
2 tablespoon size squrts of tomato purée

1 beef stock cube dissolved in 150ml of boiling water
100g of dried pasta per person- i usually halve this for the kids.

This sauce goes with anything, not just pasta. It’s great with some mashed sweed, sweet potato or rice.


1. Prepare the carrots, onion and garlic.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok.
3. Fry the onion, garlic and carrots and for 5 minutes, until soft.
4. Remove the vegetables and brown the turkey mince, breaking it up to ensure it’s cooked.
5. Add the veg back in and stir in the chopped tomatoes.
6. Mix the tomato purée with the beef stock and add to the pan. I usually use the chopped tomato tin to mix it up.
7. Simmer uncovered, on a low heat for 20 minutes.
8. Cook the pasta while the sauce is cooking.
9. You can serve it with grated cheese on top.


Had another issue with the Garmin 310XT the very week after I managed to sort out the horrendous sync issue. I was running along minding my own business when I noticed my left wrist became lighter. The 310 had come lose and landed on a grass area at the edge of the trail. I retrieved it and to my horror found the front of the unit had cracked!

I have owned the 310 for nearly a year. It has been used several times a week in a variety of activities from hill walking, fell, trail and road running, kayak, swimming and snorkelling. I zipped the unit into my shorts pocket and and carried on training. 

At home, I found that one of the watch pins had failed, causing the strap to stop holding the unit on my wrist. I spoke to a customer representative at Garmin who asked me to send the unit off for inspection. He gave me a Return Authorisation number and within another week I mailed the package to them. To be fair, the turned this around quickly – I had an email and a call the same day they received the device to explain that it was all my fault and not a mechanical or quality issue. The cost for fixing the unit was £75.

I was then left with a dilemma – Fix it, buy another type of Garmin, Buy another type of computer. The other option was to live with it. They send it back and I keep it in a plastic bag until the battery dies.

After doing a thorough trade study and finding that Garmin provide replacement units that have a new battery, casing, etc. I decided that paying 75 quid was the better deal. I did try to argue the case that the fault was theirs, but they were having none of it!


Not very impressed, but pleased to say that upon stumping up the cash via credit card on Wednesday, the replacement unit was delivered Friday and out running/swimming on Saturday Morning! 

Ugali & Sukuma Wiki

Ugali & Sukuma Wiki (Photo credit: ‘Bacardi’)

I don’t usually read this type of book,  but picked it up in a varying book store for £2.99. It’s a sort of autobiography of the, athletics journalist, Adharanand Finn. He decides to move his family to Kenya to learn the secrets of Kenyan running.  The narrative focuses mainly on his various running exploits in training for the Lewa Marathon. It’s quite a good read and has some insights into the portrayal of Kenyan athletics in the world press and the craze for barefoot running.

The author compiles a list of “Kenyan running secrets”. This includes the local staple of ugali. This it basically corn meal boiled until it becomes a solid block of starchy white goo. I had bought some corn meal by mistake last year and it was still in the cupboard so thought I would have a go.

Ugali on it’s own didn’t sound too appetizing so a quick search on the web resulted in a Kenyan curry recipe that sounded just the thing. Sukuma wiki means “Week pusher” in Swahili. It’s a simple stew with lots of vegetables and meat that would go really well with the ugali. It was a wet and miserable day today so just the thing!

The original recipe is posted at the website.

I made a few substitutions but it turned out great! I used turkey instead or beef or chicken. I used a tin of chopped tomatoes and 2 table spoons of curry powder. I didn’t bother with the stock cube and instead of Collard (or spring) Greens I used a mix of spinach and kale.

The recepie is a bit unclear on the water required for the ugali. I went with 2 mugs of water and a minutes of corn meal and there was enough for about 4 people.

There was plenty of Ugali left over for pudding too! Just add jam…