It was my birthday on Monday and for the first time ever I took the day off. In the past I used to think that birthdays were just another day of the year. But I have decided that birthdays are days that you should set aside for yourself. I think everyone deserves at least one of the day where they put themselves first. I had a lovely day treating myself to a massage and lunch with my best friend. Just perfect and something I plan to repeat next year.
It is a toss up whether lunch or breakfast is my favourite meal to eat out. I enjoy dinner out but am often quite sleepy by the time dessert rocks around and definitely not at my most convivial.
I love eating breakfast out as it is such a weekend thing to do. When except on weekends do you have the time to really take the time out to have a great breakfast? It just gets the day off to such a perfect start.
But here in Canberra we have some lovely lunch venues out in the surrounding countryside. They normally don’t open for breakfast – possibly because the drive would be too far. The thing that makes them so lovely is the scenery. I love nothing more than sitting outside in summer surrounded by vineyards having a delicious glass of pinot gris and tucking in to some good with fabulous company.
What is your favourite meal to eat out? Or do you prefer to eat at home.
After such a relaxing day I cooked these turkey meatballs and popped them in a fresh Turkish roll for dinner. They are just delicious and great in a roll but equally at home on top of rice or creamy mashed potatoes.
The original recipe is here. I have made the recipe a couple of times. The first time I made it, I followed the recipe exactly and the meatballs came out a bit dry. This may be because reducing the sauce meant there was not enough to cook the meatballs in. The second time around I put the meatballs and sauce in the oven instead of leaving them on the stove. I had the stove at about 190⁰C and cooked the meatballs in their sauce in the oven for 15 minutes. They came out amazing and beautifully tender. I used my favourite pot which goes from stove to oven without a hiccup.
To make a serve for one I used the following ingredients:
To make the meatballs:
- 125g of turkey mince
- 30ml of milk (I use low fat as that is what I always have in the house)
- Half a slice of bread (save the other half for mopping up sauce after the cooking is done)
- 1/8th of a cup of parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tbs of chopped parsley
- 1/4 tsp of minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to season
To make the sauce:
- 1/8th cup of parmesan cheese plus some to sprinkle on top at the end
- 1/4 tsp of minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp of paprika
- 1/2 a cup of tomato puree
- 1 tsp of sugar
- ½ of a roma tomato
Plus half a tablespoon of oil for cooking and half a tablespoon of chopped parsley to garnish.
Preparation time is about 10 minutes and by preparation I mean getting everything ready to start mixing and mushing together. Cooking time if use the oven is about 25 minutes. My meatballs took about 5 minutes to brown nicely on all sides.
There are about 470 calories in the meatballs including the olive oil for cooking and using a low fat milk. The only problem ingredient it the tomato and I can always use a tomato the next day for my lunch.