This innocent-sounding dish comes from our first Meal of Fortune experiment – a random Catherine Wheel spin of some of the recipes that caught our eye in The Australian Women’s Weekly “New” Cookbook, circa 1978. And what a treat it is! Not one but two surprise ingredients help make this a memorable meal that will linger.



  • 1 tablespoon of oil (nothing fancy, just vegetable will do)
  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 diced brown onions
  • 1 cubed potato
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 1 diced green apple
  • 1 chopped banana
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup rice



Heat oil in pan, add mince, curry powder and onions. Cook until browned. Add carrot, potato apple and banana. Our tip, don’t let anyone see you do this. Add salt, pepper, water and crumbled stock cube; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until vegetables and meat are tender. (Hopefully in this time the banana may disintegrate – thus avoiding the need to explain its presence to your startled guests.)

Meanwhile, cook the rice. Drain and add to the meat and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve with a seventies sprig of parsley and enjoy!



We wanted to celebrate our first Meal of Fortune so we reached for the party wine for any time – Lambrusco Rosso. This sparkly red fiesta in a bottle goes down a treat with almost anything and helped wash away the curry powder aftertaste while we pondered, where did the banana go? You can pick this little winner up for $7.