Today I was going to blog about San Francisco, but I had to deal with some bullshit at work and came home late. I was tired to do much, so I decided to cook meatballs and pasta, and then I thought it looked freaking awesome, so I am going to blog about my dinner instead.
I tried making meatballs once, it was disastrous. My meatballs were crumbly and they fell apart quickly when frying. No matter, I just learned a wonderful trick when watching Felicitas of FoodTube fame.
I like Felicitas. She’s Argentinian, that’s hot. She speaks English with a Latino accent, that’s doubly hot. She usually cooks outdoors over wood or coal fire, that’s triply hot.
Anyway, this is the wonderful trick I learned: small bread pieces soaked in milk.
Mix the bread with the minced meat (I use a mixture of minced pork and minced mutton this time) and seasoning, and then roll them into balls and fry the balls, and voila, my balls did not fall apart!
Fry the balls over medium heat for a few minutes each side, turning them occasionally. The balls are ready when they turn golden brown on each side, slightly charred.
For the sauce, I decided to use the ingredients that Felicitas always uses. Onion and garlic finely chopped into the pan, fry until fragrant,
And then finely chopped red bell pepper, green bell pepper and tomato, all added into the pan. And then drizzle some vinegar into the mix (I think my apple cider vinegar qualifies as vinegar, no?).
I think this would be a version of salsa criolla that Felicitas might be proud of..
No, wait.. what the f**k am I doing? Salsa criolla is not supposed to be cooked..
Damn.. what the hell.. Since I messed up, might as well mess it up further. Time to add even more flavours to Lazy Man’s salsa by adding a tablespoon of soy sauce and a tablespoon of Nando’s Hot Peri-Peri Sauce. I don’t know, but I think this will work..
Balls done, salsa done, time to make things look pretty. I boiled some capellini (very thin spaghetti) earlier, that goes as base. Then arrange my balls on top of the pasta..
Then pour the salsa on top of the balls to make the plate of food look pretty.
There, it’s done. Lazy Man’s Oriental Style Meatballs and Capellini.
Actually, it’s not really a lazy man’s kind of dish. I spent almost an hour making this. What the hell am I thinking?
But it looks pretty, doesn’t it? I think my meatballs and capellini looks awesome.. And I’m glad I added that tablespoon of soy sauce and hot sauce, my salsa tastes amazing!
But I’m so tired now, I don’t think I will do much else tonight. Maybe I should just finish reading Boey’s comic journals..