For the meatballs
2 medium onions (150 gm) roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic (10 gm) roughly chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp salt
80 gm bread (crusts removed)
½ cup milk
500 gm beef mince
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ cup flour (optional)
Oil for cooking
1/3 cup water
400gm can of chopped tomatoes in juice
Put the onions and garlic in a food processor and process until chopped.
Add cumin, oregano, soy sauce and salt and process again.
Soak the bread in the milk, squeeze out some of the milk, then add the bread to the processor.
Add the mince and pepper and process again until it’s well mixed.
With wet hands, take pieces of meat mixture roughly the size of a teaspoon, and shape into round balls.
Roll the balls in flour if you wish.
Heat 2 tbsp of light cooking oil such as rice bran or canola in a medium sized pan.
When the oil is hot start browning the meatballs in batches, turning them carefully with tongs so they don’t fall apart.
Some fat may come out of the meatballs, depending on how fatty the mince is.
Add more oil between batches if necessary.
Transfer the browned meatballs to a larger pan and stack them up 2 deep.
In the smaller pan there will be some crunchy tasty bits of meatball left behind.
With the heat on low, add the water and tomatoes to the smaller pan, then deglaze the pan, scraping the tasty bits off the bottom.
Tip the tomato gravy over the meatballs in the larger pan.
Cover the pan with a lid or tinfoil and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes.
Gently move the meatballs around once during the cooking. Remove the lid for the last 10 minutes of cooking.
To make the salad:
2 handfuls chopped parsley
250 gm red pepper chopped or sliced
300 gm frozen peas cooked as per instructions on the packet
350 gm rigatoni, macaroni or other small pasta cooked as per instructions on the packet
400 gm whole kernel corn
½ cup olives
2 tsp oil
Put the cooked pasta into a large bowl and break it up if stuck together.
Add all the other ingredients including the meatballs and stir together with the oil.
Eat warm or cold.