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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Sunday cooking - meatballs!

Sunday is always a good day for cooking. When the chores are done, there is always a lull in the afternoon to plan and plot.

This evening I started with 700 grams of minced beef and the aim was to create different dishes to freeze so I can eat them during the week when life's a bit too busy to cook.

First beefball recipe:

Mix together
100 grams bacon, chopped
350 grams minced beef
1/2 onion chopped
1 tsbp plain flour

Form into balls and fry in a pan with heated 1 tsbp olive oil, until all browned. Add 100 ml of red wine and let is bubble for 2 minutes.
Add 200 grams chopped tomatoes (which is about half a tin)
Add salt & pepper to taste
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Then toss together with pasta.

Second beefball recipe:
Mix together
200 grams minced beef
Salt & pepper
1 tsp thyme, chopped

Clean 6 medium mushroom caps, remove stalks. Pick up a small ball and squeezed into each cap. Line the caps in a roasting pan. Dot each cap with soy sauce and some vegetable oil. Roast at 180 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes.

Remove the caps, and in the roasting pan add
1 tsp cornflour, mix
1 garlic clove crushed
150 ml water
simmer

Transfer to a cooking pot and add 3 tbsp rice. Simmer covered for 15 minutes until the rice is cooked in the thick brown sauce.


Third beefball recipe:

150 grams minced beef
1 tsbp plain flour
dashes of Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
form into balls

Chop some mushrooms and fry in 1 tbsp olive oil with 1 garlic clove, crushed. Add the beefballs into the pan, let is fry a minute or two. Add 100 ml of red wine, let is bubble for a minute, cover and let it all steam for a further 15 minutes. If you prefer, you can have this one with some boiled potatoes.

And then roasted vegetables...
I also roasted some carrots, peppers, onions and potatoes in 180 Celcius for 40 minutes with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkling of herbs. Roasted vegetables are always delicious.

Please try these recipes and leave me with your comments. I would especially be interested in your 'improvements'. Good luck!

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