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Wholemeal Pasta with Baked Meatballs in Tamarind Sauce

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Minced meat is very versatile, you can use them to make bolognese sauce, lasagne, spring rolls, rissoles, burger patties and meatballs, just to name a few. I wrote this recipe in my recipe book quite awhile ago and I honestly cannot remember where I got it from. So I must admit that the original recipe is not my own and I did tweak the recipe a bit.

Another winter comfort food, cumin seeds were added to the mixture of these tasty meatballs. If you prefer to use ground ones, by all means do so but I love the taste of these seeds when I bite into them.

Wholemeal Pasta with Baked Meatballs in Tamarind Sauce

Ingredients

500 grams mince beef
1/2 medium size onion, diced
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chilli flake
Salt and white pepper to season
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
Parmesan cheese

Method

1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
2. In a large bowl combine meat, onion, egg, herbs and spices. Mix thoroughly and season with salt and white pepper. Roll mixture to about 5cm balls.
3. Place meatballs in a roasting pan greased with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes.
4. Combine diced tomatoes and tamarind paste in a frypan, add meatballs and cook for 10 minutes.
5. Cook wholemeal pasta according to instructions on the packaging.
6. Serve meatballs with pasta and Parmesan cheese.

The texture of wholemeal pasta is wonderful. Furthermore, I just need a little bit of pasta as I personally find that it is more filling than the normal white ones. If you prefer to make your own pasta, by all means go ahead, that is one thing that I have yet to attempt. May be one fine day.

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Homemade Wholemeal Bread

Do you know the feeling when you enter a house and the first thing that catches your attention is the aroma of freshly baked bread? Or sitting in the living room typing away the next post (just like what I am doing right now) and the only thing that is ‘distracting’ me, in a good way of course is the same scent coming from the bread that is sitting in the bread machine, at this very moment baking it’s way to scrumptious wholesomeness!! The bread machine was kindly given to us by my mother in law and we love it! We’ve made many types of breads and jam too (which I will share the recipe in my next post). Beep! Beep! Well that sounds like the bread machine calling me…

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Yes, this is the item in question. We shall wait “patiently” for the bread to cool down before we can have a slice.

Alison from Alison Amazed asked me if I have a favourite bread machine recipe. Well Alison, so happened that I was planning to bake one anyway. We have tried so many different recipes; through trial and error, tweaking here and there, we came to a conclusion that this is our favourite.

Homemade Wholemeal Bread
(Using Breville Ultimate Baker’s Oven Series 2)
Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

350ml Warm Water
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups Bakers Flour
2 cups Wholemeal Plain Flour
3 tablespoon Gluten Flour
2 teaspoon Bread Improver
2 teaspoon Instant Yeast
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Sunflower Seeds
1 tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds

Method

1. Add water and oil into the bread pan followed by the salt, flour, bread improver, yeast and salt. Finally, add the sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
2. Return the bread pan to the machine, close the lid and select your preferred setting. (The settings we used with our bread machine is whole wheat, crust control set to dark and loaf control set to 1,250g).
3. Sit back, relax and wait patiently.

The result is…

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Soft, wholesome and need I say more…

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