Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Meatballs & knitting

We had a full day today. We had a trip to the newspaper office today with the homeschool group, which also included a trip to the printing press. Then the usual activities, and lunch with the cousins. Then this afternoon I managed to finish off chicken no. 2's scarf, and have successfully started my own scarf! (Watching those video's on KnittingHelp.com has paid off - I didn't need to unravel it at all this time).

The mystery seeds chicken no.1 planted have produced one nice bush with beautiful pink paper daisies. I'll have to sort through my seed packets and plant some more, because the rabbits are slowly but surely destroying the bush. We have rescued some nice flowers from it, though. Perhaps we'll have to plant it inside the veggie patch fence to keep it safe next time!

Chicken no.2 has decided to ditch the training wheels, and with a replacement of his old broken bike pedals he's hooning around the back yard! It's nice to have an acre to ride around!
And would you believe, after so long of saying next to nothing, chicken no. 3 pronounced this morning "Mummy! I want bickie!" (That's short for biscuit, by the way).

And here is the meatballs recipe (we actually modified a rissoles recipe to get this one), as promised & requested:

The best meatballs ever:
For the meatballs:
500g minced beef
1 grated onion
1/2 cup (sometimes we use up to a cup) of breadcrumbs (none of that packet stuff - grind up the leftovers from a home made loaf)
1/4 cup white wine
1 egg (or more if necessary)
good pinch salt
some fresh chopped parsley if it's handy
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
flour for coating
oil for frying

Mix it all together and roll smallish balls of mixture in the flour, then shallow fry. Once they've browned, add the sauce to continue cooking.

Meatballs sauce:
A tin of tomatoes
generous spoonful of tomato paste (we use a whole 140g tin of it)
a good splash of wine
a dash of Worcestershire sauce

Stir the sauces in together then pour over the meatballs. Keeping cooking till the meatballs are done.
Great with spaghetti and steamed veggies.

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