I haven’t been blogging that long but one of the things I have loved since starting is the sense of community that is out there in blog land. In particular the generosity of more experienced bloggers in sharing information with newer bloggers and mostly for free. For example, where else would you find a business willing to share such detailed information about their income and expenditure than on the pinch of yum blog (http://pinchofyum.com/category/making-money-from-a-food-blog).
And the Pioneer Woman’s willingness to show she started out as less than a stellar photographer (http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2011/01/ten-important-things-ive-learned-about-food-photography/) who has developed in to a fabulous photographer. Who wouldn’t want to eat these brownies: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2014/01/dark-chocolate-brownies/
One of the sites I have referred back to a number of times is the From Away Blog (www.fromaway.com) and their associated site Pro Food Blogger http://profoodblogger.com/. They have so many great posts for setting up a food blog. Things that I would never have thought of if I hadn’t had a wander or two through the Pro Food Blogger site.
But one thing I hadn’t done was try a recipe off the From Away blog. A couple of weeks ago I had a fabulous breakfast at a local restaurant and was looking for recipes to try and replicate it at home. It was lamb meatballs in a sugo sauce. Sounds a bit odd for breakfast I know but it was just so delicious. The meatballs were nice and juicy and the sugo richly tomatoey. I am drooling just thinking about it.
In my hunt for a recipe I came across this recipe for lamb meatballs on the From Away website: http://www.fromaway.com/cooking/slightly-srirachad-lamb-mini-meatballs They weren’t really what I was looking for but loved the title of the post – slightly srirachad and was intrigued about what Sriracha sauce was. I had never heard of it and thought I might not be able to get it here in Australia. Very silly of me – it is available in the major supermarkets. I also loved the look of the meatballs.
This recipe did not disappoint. This dish was just so delicious. There is a lovely hint of smokiness that I assume comes from the sesame oil, mixed in with lovely chilli sweetness from the sriracha sauce. The meatballs came out tender and melt in your mouth. You have to try this recipe. It has a great hearty warming feeling to it.
I used the following ingredients to make a serve for one:
For the meatballs:
- 115g of lamb mince
- ¼ teaspoon of minced ginger
- ¼ tsp of sriracha sauce
- A splash of sesame oil
- Sea salt to taste
- ½ tbs of olive oil
For the sauce:
- 1 tbs of soy sauce
- 1 tsp of minced ginger
- 1 tsp of minced garlic (equivalent of one clove)
- 1 tsp sriracha sauce
- ¼ tsp of sugar
- Enough chives to sprinkle on top (I find the best way to chop the chives is to use some kitchen scissors and snip a few chives over the top of the dish at the very end. If I have used pre minced ginger and garlic this also means one less chopping board in the washing up.)
The recipe is very simple and quick to make. I think it took me about 5-10 minutes to prepare everything and 5 minutes for the meatballs to cook then 2 minutes to warm the sauce. When I poured the sauce in the pan I left it on stove for a couple of minutes to warm the sauce through. Not required by the recipe but I liked the idea of a warm sauce. The recipe I made comes out to about 270 calories. I had mine with mashed potatoes. I loved the combination of Asian flavours (which these have) and mashed potatoes. I think this was much better than they would have been with rice.
I liked this recipe so much I have since made it with beef mince when I was having a bit of a beef mince crisis. This occurs when you have mince defrosted and then realize the recipe you had planned for dinner was going to take hours and it is already late…. It was good with beef mince but nowhere near as good as the lamb version.
If you are looking at starting a food blog, I have started a pinterest board as I find posts that interest me – they are mainly about photography at the moment. I hope to build this in to a resource not just for me but for anyone else who is looking to start or improve their blog. So if you click on the follow me pinterest button near the top of this page you should be able to see a board called blogging. It is very new and a work in progress but I hope to use it as a way to share good blogging information as I find it.
I am still looking for that perfect lamb meatballs with sugo recipe…
Update: So I froze some of the meatballs uncooked and defrosted them last night for dinner. They worked very well and was such a super quick dinner to make.