Spaghetti and Meatballs 

I love my meatballs to be succulent and not tough and dry. This is my trusted go to recipe for meatballs. I could wake up in the middle of the night to make this.

I’m off carbs for a while so I could only relish the plate you see below with my eyes.

This is one of those posts where I just want to go straight to it and share the recipe.Its quite easy peasy.
Recipe.

Spaghetti 

• 400grams Packet of Spaghetti 
Meat balls

(Makes 16 )

•     350grams ground beef
•     2 or 3 slices of stale bread (for crumbs)
•     1 Egg
•     1/4 cup milk 
•     1 small onion
•     2 Garlic 
•     1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (Ground pepper/Ata gigun )
•     1 tsp Dried parsley leaves 
•     1 tsp Dried Rosemary leaves
•     1/2 Mixed Herbs
•     1/4 tsp Salt
•     Seasoning to taste

Ingredients for meat balls

For Sauce 

•     1 cup tomato puree
•     3 tbsp Tomato paste
•     1 tsp Parsley
•     1 tsp Rosemary 
•     1 tsp Mixed Herbs 
•     * Cayenne Pepper (optional)
•     Salt to taste
•     Seasoning to taste.

Procedure 
–     In a blender or food processor , blitz the bread into crumbs. If using 3 slices , this would yield about  2 cups. Separate 1 cup.
–     Roughly chopped or blitz your onion and garlic.
–     Mix all the dried spices, seasoning and salt together, work it gently into the meat using your hands 

–     Add Egg and Milk mixing it in evenly
–     Add 1 cup of Breadcrumbs and mix till well incorporated 
–     Sprinkle some of the left over Breadcrumbs on a flat surface. Scoop some of the mixture into your palms and roll into balls, place them on your flat surface sprinkled with breadcrumbs. When you are done you can sprinkle some more bread crumbs on the meat balls.

Bread crumbs, roughly blended onions, ground beef mixed with all ingredients , rounded balls on breadcrumbs covered surface. 

–      You can grill or bake the balls at this point. I added 2 tbsp of vegetable oil into a pan, and placed the balls into it to cook on both sides for less than  5 minutes. Take the meatballs out of the pan and services aside. 

–      I used the pan I made the meatballs in for the tomato sauce. Add all your ingredients at once. Cook the Tomato sauce for at least 15 minutes before adding the meat balls. Then leave it to cook on low it till the tomato sauce is ready.

Meatballs in tomato sauce

For the Spaghetti 

–   I took out all the meat balls from the tomato sauce, added a little water and cooked  the Spaghetti in the sauce till it was done.You can taste for salt and additional seasoning if necessary.
It’s quite easy to make it can bet you, while cooking I had time to feed two kids lunch, wash dishes and bath them in between. Give it a try. 

French Toast 


On the world food calendar, today is French Toast Day. 
So here is some bite sized French Toast with Banana&Avocado slices, dried currants, toasted coconut flakes  and drizzled with honey.

 French Toast is super easy to make.

You need
•    4 Slices of  Bread 
•    1 Egg
•    1/4 cup milk
•    1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
•    *1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract 
•    * I used a pinch of powdered  cloves
•     1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp confectionery sugar 
1 tbsp oil (coconut or sunflower oil)

Procedure

–    Combine all the ingredients but the Bread, Butter and oil.
–    Dip the Bread in the mixture
–    Place a pan on medium heat, glaze pan with butter and oil and place the bread in, let it cook till it browns on the side then flip and repeat with the other side.


–    Serve as you like with your favourite syrup, honey, yogurt or fruits.