Connee’s Curry

A family recipe of a vege (meat optional) stew


Connee's Curry served into bowls for fridge storage

Connee’s Curry served into bowls for fridge storage

  • 500g premium mince (or vegan equiv)
  • 5 large brown onions
  • Veges to boil down to mush
    • Original recipe (and instructions below) uses:
      • 6 medium potatoes
      • 1/2 medium butternut pumpkin
    • or replace with equivalent proportions to taste. Can also use
      • sweet potato
      • carrots
      • etc
  • 500g baby frozen peas
  • Keen’s Traditional Curry powder (orange tin)
  • cornflour
  • olive oil
  • salt


  • 1 large frying pan with lid (electric frypan ideal)
  • stirring spoon
  • cutting board
  • knives and measuring spoons. etc


(3+ hours cooking time)

Approx 30 minutes into cooking Connee's Curry

Approx 30 minutes into cooking Connee’s Curry


  • Dice 5 large brown onions into small pieces.


  • Put 8 dessertspoons olive oil (or 4 tablespoons) into a pan on medium heat and add 5 diced onions.
  • Cook 10 Min on medium heat, 10 Min on low heat turning all the time- until onions are ‘clear’and a light brown. Push onions to outer edges of pan – leaving the centre clear.


  • Add 500g premium mince to centre of pan and break up mince turning all the time. Juice will come out of mince and provide moisture.
  • Cook for 10 minutes on low heat turning MINCE in centre of pan all the time – no pink bits.


  • Mix onions and mince together. Cook for 5 Min on low heat turning all the time.


  • Sprinkle 4 heaped dessertspoons Keen’s Traditional Curry (orange tin) on top of mince and onions.
  • Cook for 5 Min on low heat turning all the time.


  • Add 1 litre water or enough to just cover mince and onions – turn curry to mix well.
  • Cook on Medium Heat until mince starts to simmer then turn down to low heat and put lid on.
  • Prepare 6 medium potatoes (cut in to quarters vertically / then 3 cuts horizontally – chunky pieces.


  • Add and mix 6 chunky potatoes. Turn up heat to medium and keep turning curry so it wont settle on the bottom. Push the potatoes down so they are under water. (Only add 1/2 cup water if absolutely necessary if it is catching on the bottom because it is to dry.
  • When curry starts to simmer – turn down to low heat and put lid on.
  • Cook for 30 Min turning every 5 Min so it wont catch on the bottom.
  • Whilst potatoes are cooking prepare half butternut pumpkin – peel and cut into chunky bits like potatoes.


  • Add pumpkin chunks and turn so they are all mixed in.
  • Turn up heat to medium heat until simmering, turning all the time. Push pumpkin down with back of spoon into the curry to cover. (Only add a little water if necessary). Turn down to low and put lid on when simmering Cook for 55 Min.
  • Keep turning the curry every 5 minutes (from the bottom) so it wont stick on the bottom of the pan.
  • Push vegetables down into the mix. Be careful it does not stick – Turn mix from the bottom.


  • Add a bag of frozen 500g BABY peas. Turn into curry – make sure you are going along the bottom of the pan when turning the mix. Turn up to med heat and when it starts to simmer turn down to low heat and put lid on. Cook for 25 Min keeping the mix turned at least every five minutes – check it is on low.

Connee's Curry - The finished product

Connee’s Curry – The finished product


  • Mix 3 dessertspoons cornflour (or plain flour) in 4 dessertspoons (about a 1/4 of a cup) of water. Just enough to make a running paste with no lumps. Add 1 level teaspoon salt. Simmer on low heat.


  • Turn off


Additional Notes

The above was cooked on a gas stove. Gas is faster to heat up and can be slowed down immediately.

Electric stoves hold heat longer – slower to heat up and slower to cool down – so the cooking time may vary. Also the curry might catch more and might need to be stirred more often. The schedule may need to be varied – the first time it is cooked keep and eye on it.


Serving suggestions

Growing up we ate this served on a shallow plate, often with toast to heap it onto, and a squeeze of fresh lemon for a little added zest. These days I usually eat it as a dip for corn chips, with sour cream, or with rice. The recipe above would provide for 4-10 meals, depending on extras.

Freezes fine and reheats in microwave easily.


I got this from my mother Connee-Colleen (1941- ) who probably got it from HER mother Jess (1912-1986). The Method and Additional Notes sections above are Connee’s own words and emphasis.



(I wrote this at the end of July)


There have been so many words, so much grief, and so much love expressed in your memory these last days. Everyone wants to share their story. How you touched their life. How you were wonderful. I have not been immune to this.

The grief is strong. I suspect I am not alone in being the only one for whom you are the first close friend – a peer – to die.

You were one of the most genuine, forthright, honest people I have known. You were one of the most accepting people I have known, but also you had a very strong sense of justice, and would not tolerate that which was wrong.

I wrote in a comment that you affected people, and I think that defines well your interactions with the world. You knew people, and people knew you. You were affected by people because of your great empathy, but you affected people because of simply who you were.

There is an Elizabeth shaped hole in so many hearts, and my head-Lizbeth appreciates the love from us all, but also tells us to stop being so daft and get on with our lives.

And we will. I promise. We will.

But maybe not just yet.

There are a few more tears to shed, memories to share, and hearts that are still raw

Time heals wounds – because as time passes, events in history appear smaller. Right now the grief at your loss looms large on our collective horizon of history, and in time it will become part of the tableau of life. But memories of you will remain strong, of that I am sure. You wont be forgotten. Your affect on people wont be forgotten. Memories of you will join with other events over the years, but you will remain bright.

The world is a better place that you were in it, and a sadder place now you are gone.

Australian Independence

It’s Australia Day… so, a timeline of thoughts. When did Australia achieve independance?

Soon afterwards, however, in Shaw (2003),[19] the whole Court (including Kirby) took a more comprehensive view: that the Australia Act in its two versions, together with the State request and consent legislation, amounted to establishing Australian independence at the date when the Australia Act (Cth) came into operation, 3 March 1986.

The three main steps to independence were 1901 – formation and recognition of a country. 1942 – Ability to contradict UK laws. And 1986 – UK unable to override Australian courts.

A return…

After many months of downtime, unintended – due to a server crash, this blog is back up.

Well, mostly.

Images were not backed up – though the originals I uploaded are likely to be findable. I just have to go and find them. Not yet done… but anyway, the important thing is… it’s back!



Grids. A story of 2001.

Back in 2000, a favourite geek/fan past time was Star Wars vs Star Trek. Who would win between the Enterprise-D and a Star Destroyer, and that kind of thing.

I eschewed that in favour of pure size comparisons. (there is no other kind of dick waving contest, right? ;) And created multiple images to handle multiple scales smoothly (something that many modern implementations of this idea, which whilst better in every other way, often fail to handle well).

My project faltered, in part from interest waning, and in part from difficulty in sourcing images and information in the 2001 internet.

However, I’ve dug up what I did, and presenting it for the first time in years…

Sci-Fi “Grids”

Dating The Aztecs

This post is not about romantic dating, but chronological dating. It’s not about the Aztec culture, but about The Aztecs, the Doctor Who story.

(A story I watched while pursuing my epic attempt to watch all Doctor Who during 2013.  (follow along on twitter: =)

Within the story, Barbara identifies the body of the ancient high priest Yetaxa as having died around 1430, as all the tomb bling around him is from the Aztec “early period” (Aztec empire formed from an aliance in 1427). She confirms that Aztecs were a specialty of hers – which presumably is why she immediately robs the grave for a shiny new bracelet!

Apart from that though, the story is undated. – list the Doctor and Companion’s visit as “Unknown date”.

The novelisation, for what it’s worth, dates it to 1507.

But I was wondering… can we date the episode more accurately than that, from other plot elements?

I think so… Continue reading