Ham and ostrich mince tarts with a watermelon green salad.


Ham & ostrich mince tart with a watermelon green salad
Ham & ostrich mince tart with a watermelon green salad

Wheeeu, it’s been a long day. I have not woken up before 06h00 in a very, very long time. But it had to be done today to avoid traffic. After all the efforts, guess what? I still got stuck in traffic. A trip that would normally take about 40 minutes, took me 90 minutes! I really don’t know how people can traverse through traffic like this everyday of their lives, back and forth.

Enough ramblings, dinner tonight has to be a quick one. I still need to go back to the studying. Oh and the good news is, I passed the theory part of my course, 96%! And the ones I got wrong were debatable, not making excuses, but they were. It was a matter of which angle you’re looking at.

So dinner is smoked ham, left over ostrich mince from last night, with fresh basil and half with cheese, served with a watermelon green salad. Summer is finally here and as always it comes with one of my favourite fruits: watermelon! :).

I’ve also made a similar tart for lunch before with a different filling, So it’s a fairly full proof recipe now. Which is what I need tonight.

This recipe was adapted from Siba’s table on http://www.cookingchannel.tv/recipes/siba-mtongana.

What do you need?

  • Ostrich mince- lightly cooked for 5 min with olive oil, 1/2 tsp of sage, 1/2 tsp mixed masala( nutmeg, cumin, coriander powder, cinnamon, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne) Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Smoked ham cut into cubes

-Veggies- red onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms

  • Handful of fresh basil

  • Grated cheddar cheese

  • 300 ml of milk

  • 5 eggs

The ingredients
The ingredients

What to do?

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celcius.

  • Slice 2 halves of a red onion, soften on a hot pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Then cool.

  • In a pot, add 1 tsp of olive oil, then the ostrich mince. Brown, then add 1/2 tsps of; dried sage, basil and homemade masala. Season with salt & pepper and should be cooked enough in 5 minutes.

  • Whisk together the beaten eggs, milk, pinch of salt and pepper, 1/2 tsp of paprika.

  • In a greased muffin pan, place the cubed ham, then the roughly combined sliced mushroom, soft red onions, basil. Top with half a cherry tomato. Then add the egg mixture.image

In half of your tarts, top with grated cheese. But you can vary it however you like it.

Pop into the oven, at 180 degrees, for 20 min. Then out of oven, remove from pan and cool.

The cooked tarts
The cooked tarts



I’m serving this with a watermelon green salad, dressed with olive oil, salt & pepper.

Ham and ostrich mince tart with a watermelon green salad
Ham and ostrich mince tart with a watermelon green salad
Dinner ready!
Dinner ready!







Quick and Easy with minimal preparation and cooking time.

Dinner done in 35 minutes.

Bon Appetit!

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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