Fuchsia Dunlop’s Xie Laoban’s dan dan mian

Another Fuchsia Dunlop recipe from the excellent “Every Grain Of Rice“.

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Comfort food – Lasagne and salad with balsamic dressing

Well, I’ve been ignoring the blog again, mainly because I’ve, once again, been eating a lot of things that I have written about before and which I count as comfort food. Continue reading

Yotam Ottolenghi’s meatballs with celeriac

I claim no credit for this, it was in today’s Guardian magazine, here.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes always look interesting and I am always meaning to cook one of them. This week, I didn’t have any ideas for Saturday night dinner and these looked to be exactly the thing.

Here is the recipe in full. I followed it to the letter;

    Beef meatballs with lemon and celeriac

400g minced beef
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
120g breadcrumbs
20g chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves, plus 1 tbsp extra, to garnish
1 egg, beaten
½ tsp ground allspice
Salt and black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small celeriac, cut into 5cm x 1.5cm batons
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
½ tsp each ground turmeric, cumin and cinnamon
1½ tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed
¾ tsp smoked paprika
500ml chicken stock
3½ tbsp lemon juice
60g Greek yoghurt

In a large bowl, use your hands to mix the beef, onion, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg, allspice, half a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper. Form into 5cm x 3cm kebab-like shapes.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan for which you have a lid, and sear the meatballs all over for about five minutes in total. Remove them and add celeriac, garlic and remaining spices to the pan. Cook on high heat, stirring, for two minutes, return the meatballs to the pan and add the stock, lemon juice, half a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and leave to bubble away for 10 minutes more, until the sauce is quite thick.

Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes to settle. Taste, season as necessary and serve topped with a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkling of parsley.

Yotam suggests serving them with either plain rice or bulghur, we fancied couscous.