MEATBALLS IN THICK HONEY AND GARLIC SAUCE

Do you ever have one of those meals that you can prepare so good and comes out exquisite each and every time you make it? Well, that would be meatballs for me. I make this not only for myself but the entire family and it’s always a hit with them. Thank God because I come from a family of harsh critics dear friend.

For these meatballs, I was experimenting with a different type of sauce that came out thick beautifully. If you don’t like your sauces thick, you definetly have the option of making it as light as you want.With that said, Let’s cook:

INGREDIENTS:

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  • Minced beef
  • 2 eggs
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Coriander (finely chopped or crushed)
  • Spring onions (finely chopped)
  • Garlic (finely chopped or crushed)
  • Ginger (finely chopped or crushed)
  • Fresh lemon juice.
  • salt

For the sauce:

  • 3 diced tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Coriander
  • Flour
  • Cold water
  • Tomato paste

PROCEDURE:

  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the meatballs until well mixed and combined. This includes: minced meat, crushed ginger and garlic, eggs, spring onions, coriander, breadcrumbs, lemon juice and salt.IMG_20170626_175428_518.jpg
  2. Once all your ingredients are well combined, section your mixture into equal balls and set aside ready to be fried.IMG_20170626_175432_259.jpg
  3. Heat your oil in a shallow pan and once your oil is hot enough to cook with, cook the balls ensuring that all sides are well cooked and a dull brown cover has now developed coating the balls.IMG_20170626_175438_791.jpg
  4. Now set the balls aside once all of them are cooked and get to working on the sauce. In a sufuria/pot (you could use the same pot you used to fry the balls) heat enough oil (preferably the same oil you used to cook the meatballs to avoid wastage and you know, economy) and cook chopped ginger and garlic until fragrant.IMG_20170626_175447_184.jpg
  5. Next add in your chopped tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for a few minutes befor adding in lemon juice from half a lemon, 5 tablespoons of soy sauce and 5 tablespoons of honey. cover and let simmer.IMG_20170626_175450_938.jpg
  6. Once you start getting a gentle simmer goin on, go in with a cup of water and chopped coriander and continue cooking upto a boil. You can serve your sauce up right now but if you like a thicker sauce, stir up 3 tablespoons of flour with cold water and add in the pot to boil. *A quick tip to a smooth sauce is to pour the sauce in a blender or food processor to get it all smooth without any lumps.IMG_20170626_175454_750.jpg
  7. Toss your meatballs to lightly cover them with this sauce and serve it up over a plate of hot steaming rice or spaghetti. Enjoy!IMG_20170626_175502_315.jpg

LOVE, C&C.

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PINEAPPLE FRIED RICEΒ 

Don’t you just love it when leftovers come through for you when you have no idea on what to cook for lunch or maybe dinner? I’m going to show you how to change plain old leftover rice into something totally different and delicious. Let’s cook. 

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pineapple 
  2. Leftover rice from the previous day 
  3. 2 eggs
  4. Coriander
  5. 3 large tomatoes 
  6. Soy sauce
  7. Turmeric 
  8. Red onion and spring onion 
  9. Lemon
  10. Garlic 
  11. Bell pepper 
  12. Salt and preferred seasoning. 
  13. Oil for cooking 

PROCEDURE :

  1. In a pan, heat your oil and add in chopped red onion, garlic and spring onion. 
  2. After the onions are cooked and fragrant, add in your chopped tomatoes and bell pepper. Season with salt (a pinch of salt will do since later we’ll be using soy sauce which is also salty),  turmeric powder and pepper. 
  3. Cover for two to three minutes to cook and in the meantime, whisk your eggs. After two minutes, check to see if the tomatoes are cooked and softened then proceed to add your whisked eggs into the mixture. Cook the eggs slowly on low heat. 

  4. Once the eggs have cooked and solidified, add in your leftover rice and stir to combine with the ingredients in the pan. 

  5. Once the rice is thoroughly mixed together with the eggs, add about 6-8 drops of soy sauce and sliced pineapple chunks. Do not put pineapple juice to avoid soggy rice. 

  6. Continue cooking and combining all the ingredients together in the pan on low heat. Turn off your heat and serve. 

  7. Enjoy your new favorite meal. 

LOVE, C&C.