Spaniels, Rod Stewart and Meatballs

I’ve had an absolutely cracking weekend.  For starters, my bestest friend Genna and her spaniels (Rufus and Zack) were around for the whole weekend – always wonderful.

We also had the first (last?) warm days of my summer holiday and spent every moment of it outside walking, eating, drinking and watching the pups play.

And, finally, we went to see Rod Stewart in concert at Caley Stadium on Saturday night and had an absolute blast dancing and singing like idiots to all his cheesy hits.

It’s now raining, I’m tired and I’m covered in bruises from playing with the dogs and dancing into various objects.  Still smiling happily to myself though.

Here’s what we ate on Saturday evening to prepare us for the night ahead.  The best meatballs I have ever made, no competition at all.  🙂

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (adapted from Bill Granger)

Serves 4 generously

For the meatballs:

500g minced beef

1 onion, very finely chopped or whizzed in a food processor

Handful of finely chopped parsley

Handful of finely chopped coriander

1 tspn paprika

1 tspn cumin

Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

1 egg

1 cup of breadcrumbs

1 tpsn salt

1/2 tspn pepper

Tomato sauce – I like this recipe for fresh tomatoes or this one for tinned (doubled).

400g pasta – I used rigatoni

  • Mix together all of the meatball ingredients and shape into small balls (about half the size of a golf ball).  If possible, chill overnight to let the flavours combine.
  • Heat the tomato sauce until it’s not quite simmering but occasionally plipping and plopping.
  • Heat some olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat and brown the meatballs in batches.  Once browned add to the tomato sauce and cook gently for an hour, partially covered with a lid so the sauce doesn’t lose too much moisture.
  • Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water until al dente, drain and add to the meatballs and tomatoes.
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese and a green salad.

9 thoughts on “Spaniels, Rod Stewart and Meatballs

  1. Agreed…..meatballs were the best I’ve ever had. Going to attempt making them for Keith. The whole weekend was great, Thanks x

  2. those glasses of champas make the meatballs look very post – I thought from the title that you might have a pic of a spaniel who looked just like rod stewart but the real mccoy is even better – great photo of him

  3. I love Rod Stewart and his Great American Songbook series.
    Did he sing those to his concert?

    I love meatballs too but I always use them in Spaghetti. I guess you can use them too with just the sauce. Thanks a lot for sharing. I really like your blog. If you wont mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it’s all set, Thanks!

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