Having friends over…
With little time spent behind the drawing desk, I’ve spent all the more time in the kitchen. I hope to find more time to draw this week.
Yesterday we had friends over in our new house…and it was wonderful. But with good company, what else could it have been? I cooked us a summer-time dinner…in tune with the awesome weather we had here yesterday. And we even collected our own sea food!
Ricotta Meatballs with Italian sauce
Meat-filled French bread
Fresh Tomatoes dressed with Marinated Onions
Healthy snack plate
Freshly collected Sea Snails
I have so many dishes here and so little time that today I’m not posting the full recipes. But I’ll give some brief descriptions.
Ricotta Meatballs with Italian sauce: I took the other half of yesterday’s meatballs and made a quick sauce of a can of tomato cubes, a pot of bolognese passata, garlic, onions and a whole bunch of Italian herbs. Bring it to the boil and let it simmer on low fire for a bit. Turn off the fire and let it sit for a few hours for maximum taste. Have it with bread or pasta and reheat if you wish.
Meat-filled French Bread: Cut some half baked French Breads in half. Mix 500g mince meat with an egg (and 150g ricotta, if you like), yellow and red peppers, onions, grated cheese, herbs and spices. Spread thickly on bread halfs and shove into the oven on 200 degrees Celcius for 20-30 minutes. If you don’t want to bake them immediately, wrap each in kitchen foil and keep in fridge until use.
Sea snails: collect some at the sea shore and rinse them in a glass bowl a few times; until the water that comes off is no longer dirty. Bring some water to the boil with a little salt and some pepper. Boil for 4-5 minutes and serve. Use pins to wriggle them out of their shells. Enjoy!