Monday, February 2, 2015

Middle Eastern meat balls with eggplants and cilantro sauce : Welcoming the new year

I love being a housewife, I really do. I think I always had this in my mind when I was growing up. I wanted to have a life similar to the one my mom had. I always secretly wanted to go to the U.S like she did when she accompanied my father as he was getting his bachelor 29 years ago. I wanted to have the opportunity to learn English and get exposed to the western wold like she did. I wanted to have a family, kids, a nice home and a nice kitchen.



I realised that I wanted to be a housewife and not a working mother more than ever as I attended college 10 years ago. It was very hard to go to classes, project meetings, doing homework and writing reports and then come back home to attend to a husband and a baby girl, do the dishes, do laundry and clean up the house. And it didn't help that I am an introvert person. I needed my time alone to recharge after a long day at college which unfortunately I couldn't do.






As I walked out of my last class I made the decision never again to have to wake up early in the morning to go to a class, or a job... never, Ever. I would never carry the pressure of having to submit a report, or a homework or to have to collaborate for a school project.


The only part that I don't like about being a housewife which you might not ever guess because I write a food blog is: ...cooking dinner. As much as I love cooking and experimenting with ingredients I find that making dinner everyday rather daunting , boring and tiring. It's more like a task than an experience. But it's just something that needs to be done.




 One of my 2015 resolution is to be more prepared for dinner everyday. To have a plan every night for tomorrow's dinner. And for days when I have thing to do outside the house like shopping (ehem ehem) I rely so much on easy, quick recipes like this meatballs with eggplants and cilantro sauce. I usually buy meatballs already prepared,  so I just need to though them and put them in the oven. And while that is cooking, I grill the eggplants, cut the tomatoes and make the dressing. And in about 30 minutes dinner is done!

What's your 2015 resolution/s?




Recipe:

for the meatballs:

    - 500 kg ground meat (lamb or beef)
    - 2 big handfuls fresh parsley
    - 1 medium onion
    - 1 TBs olive oil
    - 1/2 tsp cumin
    - 1/2 tsp turmeric
    - salt and pepper
    - 1/4 cup bread crumbs

one big eggplant ( partially peeled and sliced into thick circles)

2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced

for the sauce:
   - a handful fresh cilantro
   - 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
   - 1 glove of garlic
   - 1/3 cup olive oil

- preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

- In a food processor, chop onion, parsley and olive oil until they are finally chopped. Mix in with ground meat, salt and pepper, cumin, turmeric and bread crumbs.

- Shape meat mixture into little ball the size of a whole walnut. Arrange meatballs into a non greased  medium sized oven pan. Enter the meatballs in the oven and bake uncovered for about 20 minutes      ( or until they are browned).

- Meanwhile sprinkle eggplants with olive oil and some salt. Grill them over the griller until they are soft and tender on both sides. ( Alternatively you can deep fry them).

- Arrange eggplant slices over the meatballs once they are out of the oven, followed by tomato slices.

- In a blender , blend all the sauce ingredients. Pour the sauce over meatballs and vegetables. Cover and put back in the oven for 20 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and tender. Uncover and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until tomatoes begin to brown. Remove from oven and serve. 

2 comments:

  1. I have been constantly going to school and working for past several and I am so ready to take a break...it really takes a lot out of you and i cant imagine doing all that with kids. im glad you have found that balance now :) and this recipe looks perfect for a dinner. I usually shop/plan meals for the week which makes my life a little easier.

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    1. Oh...I feel your pain. Hopefully all your hard work will pay off. I see a lot of people who plan their week meals in advance but it just didn't work for me. I like to be spontaneous with my cooking, like if I have leftover I like to incorporate that in the next day's cooking, or if you see something online or on t.v that inspires me then I'd like to incorporate that in my cooking as well. But glad it's working for you :)

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