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Today’s meatballs and yesterday’s cookies

It rolled off the table
And onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball
Rolled out of the door.
~ Tom Glazer, The Meatball Song

Oh, meatballs. Whenever I see them, especially atop a plate of spaghetti, I think fleetingly of Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp”. Crazy how videos you watch as a kid stay with you for 17 years (and counting)…

These meatballs from Tessa Kiros’ “Falling Cloudberries” are almost too easy.
#46 Keftedes – Page 156

All you need to do is soak bread in milk, grate an apple, grate an onion, mix it all up with pork mince, eggs, herbs, salt, pepper – and voila! Meatball mix! You roll it into little balls, arrange them nicely on a tray, before frying them in about 1cm of oil (yes, the last step does make me feel less than good, but I won’t be making them often).

They did splatter a little, and I really don’t like cooking with lots of oil, but these are probably close to the best meatballs you can make for yourself at home (they even have healthy apple in them!). There is no good way to take photos of these unfortunately, as you can probably tell in this post! But the end result was mildly sweet, tender meatballs, and I served them with some penne dressed with a garlic, zucchini and tomato sauce.

Modifications: I adjusted the quantities of ingredients to make less meatballs, and used only pork mince (skipped the beef).

Oh and before I sign off. If you are in the mood for some seriously good chocolate chip cookies, don’t miss out on this recipe from Deb at Smitten Kitchen! I did modify the mix slightly, adding some olive oil and using less chocolate (in a bid to be ever so slightly ‘healthier’), and using more brown sugar because I ran out of white sugar midway, but they still turned out beautifully.

Good thing these were birthday cookies (tip: it’s dangerous sitting next to yummy chocolate chip cookies when you are on your own for more than half an hour).

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Cypriot Flat Dinner

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
~ Julia Child

This evening saw the making of 2 Cypriot recipes from “Falling Cloudberries”:
#15 Pitta Bread – Page 183
#16 Sheftalia (Mince Meat Parcels) – Page 179

served with tomatoes, lemon wedges, tzatziki, and tomato-sauce-for-Jono.

Pretty tired right now, so I do not have much to write – but I saw and worked with yeast for the first time ever today in making the pitta bread, and it was fun. The feel of warm foamy yeast and flour running over my fingers was simply amazing. I think I understand why, in this day and age of relatively affordable commercial bread, some people never give up baking their own.

The beginnings of pitta bread dough

Pitta bread dough! All cute and puffy.

Watermelon juice (Matt made this)

Dinner is served – and, big yay for John, Jono & Matt who make dinner more fun.