I have to be honest neither myself or my partner are big sport fans, however with the Olympics being on the TV we have seen some of the coverage and I have to say that it has been great to watch and how well have we done so far? Go Team GB!
We eat a lot of pasta dishes in my house because they are very quick to make, tasty and they are usually a good way for me to get some hidden goodness inside my boys tummies, without them even realising!
Sometimes it is hard trying to think of meals to cook when your family are a little on the fussy side. I was watching an episode of Food & Drink the other day hosted by the chef Tom Kerridge, the theme of which was about creating new dishes as apparently many people eat the same meals week in week out, and admit to not trying new dishes and havent done for 10 years!
Until about a year or two ago I would never have considered buying pork meat because asides from sausages, ham and bacon I thought I did not like it. This is because growing up we never ate it at home as my Mum did not like it so it was not a meat we would have. However, my OH’s MUm invited us for tea one day a couple of years ago, and she had made a cottage pie using pork mince – eeeeeek! I thought but, because I am always telling Burton and Jenson they should try new things, I felt I could not make a ‘thing’ of the fact that I do not eat pork, so I ate some. And I liked it and so did the boys, and now I use pork mince quite a lot for cottage pies and bologneses .
At the weekend, I decided to try something a little different and make some pork and apple meatballs as I had a large pack of pork mince bought reduced (yes,I cannot resist a bargain), 3/4 of which I made a cottage pie with and the remainder I used to make these meatballs, which were really easy and only required 5 ingredients.
- 200g pork mince
- 1 large eating apple, peeled and grated
- 1 tsp dried sage
- pinch of black pepper
- 100g breadcrumbs - I used Finn Crisp Original Crispbread
- FOR THE SAUCE
- I roasted:
- 1 red pepper
- 1 green pepper
- 1 onion
- ½ head of broccoli
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 x 540 g bottle of Cirio passata
- pinch of sugar
- pinch of black pepper
- TO FINISH
- 1-2 tbsp oil
- enough pasta for your dinner guests, I used Garofalo pasta
- Place the pork mince in a bowl and add the grated apple, sage and black pepper and using your hands squish it all together.
- Break the crispbreads up - I used the end of a rolling pin and smashed them up and used my fingers to break them up even more
- Add the crushed crispbreads to the mince and with your hands mix it all together
- Then make 15-16 meatballs from the mixture and place in a container and chill in the fridge for a few hours/over night to firm up
- TO MAKE THE SAUCE:
- Place the vegetables chopped into chunks in a roasting pan with the oil, herbs and garlic
- and roast in an oven (200oC / 180oC (fan)) for about 20 minutes
- Place the Cirio Passata, the sugar, pepper and the roasted veg into a blender and blitz until smooth
- TO SERVE:
- Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160OC (fan)
- Heat the oil in a non stick pan and brown off the meatballs and then transfer to the oven for 20 minutes to finish off
- Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the pack
- Drain the water and add the tomato and vegetable sauce and heat gently and then stir in the meatballs
- Serve with grated cheese if you wish
These meatballs were very easy to make and you could even get your children involved in making them as I am sure they would love squishing the ingredients together! They tasted great too and the apple adds a lovely subtle sweetness and keeps the meatballs moist, and makes for a lovely caramalised coating after cooking.
I used 3 ingredients from this months Degustaboxuk to make these meatballs. Degustaboxuk is a monthly subscription where for just £12.99 a month a box like this will be sent to you which includes the shipping, and all items included are made by well known brands and arive to your front door at the end of each month. You can see what was inside my box here (I forgot to take a photo!)
I was sent a Degustaboxuk for the purpose of this review. The recipe is my own as are my comments which are honest.
To me, Bank holiday weekends are always about family time and in the warmer months picnics and BBQ’s provide us with our food when we get together with our families and friends. Last month my OH bought us a BBQ – the first one we have ever owned – and it has meant that for the first time ever we are able to host a family BBQ on a Bank Hoilday weekend.
Along with the usual food that gets cooked on a BBQ like sausages, burgers and chicken which is served with salad, dips and bread, I wanted to devise a BBQ recipe which I could call my own and which would be something maybe a little bit different too. I have often made homemade kebabs before on skewers using chicken and peppers or haloumi cheese and vegetables, but whilst browsing the meat counter at my local Morrisons last week, I saw their family pack of meatballs priced at £4 for 25 (or a little less when you buy them as part of their 3 packs of meat for £10 offer) and I had a light bulb moment!
Here is a recipe for Meatball Kebbas which are not only easy to make and appealing to kids (meatballs in pasta are popular in my house), but also work out good value for money and, of course, taste good too!
Based on 3 meatballs per person this recipe makes 8 kebabs
- 1 green pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 2 onions
- 1 packet of haloumi cheese
- 24 British beef meatballs
- 8 skewers
- 8 garlic dough balls
Chop the vegetables and cheese into bite sized chunks
Then simply make your kebabs alternatating the meatballs, vegetables, cheese and garlic dough balls on the stick
Keep covered and chilled until needed
Simply cook on your BBQ for about 15 minutes (for as long as the meatballs say they take to cook)
As you can see they did not hang around long!!
Obviously you could put 2 meatballs on each kebab and add some cherry tomatoes and/or mushrooms which would enable you to make 12 kebabs in total. These kebabs are such good value as the breakdown in costs show
Garlic dough balls – £1 meatballs – £3.33 (if bought as part of the 3 for £10 deal, otherwise £4) pack of 3 peppers – 99p Haloumi – £2.35 2 onions – 16p
I also made a yummy cake and cooked some gammon as part of my Morrisons shop and I will blog these recipes soon.
I actually use to shop at Morrisons when I lived closer to it, but as I now live in another town I shop at the supermarkets more local to me. When I visited it last week to carry out my shop. I have to be honest that the store blew me away a bit because it had changed so much in the couple of years it has been since I last shopped there. The store has under gone rennovations and been extended, and this was obvious as soon as I walked in as it made a pleasant change to see wide aisles! The produce was very eye catching and looked so fresh – I mean some of the herbs and veg has dry ice blown onto it!.
The prices and quality were really very good, and I was genuinely impressed.
I actually admitted to my OH that even though it will cost me more in petrol to shop at Morrisons, I am seriously termpted going forward to do a monthly shop there because of the prices and quality.
I was asked to shop at Morrisons, and given financial compensation to allow me to buy some groceries, as part of a Britmums and Morrisons initative to promote the new in store prices where as of last Thursday (1st May, 2014), a thousand favourite family items have had their prices permanently slashed. You can find out more about them at www.Morrisons.com/pricecuts The comments about Morrisons are honest and my own as is the recipe featured.