tasty nom nom an exception to the daily meal



Dear J - in the year 2 B.T., two years Before Tasty Nom Nom ...

also known as the year 2009 A.D., I made a trial of meat balls and anchovy pasta. (Where I also served bread with pasta.) I think we liked the meal. Because, the following year, this meatballz and anchovy pasta showed up again. By then, like all tasty dishes, it had acquired a "z", e.g. wingz.

For less carb reasons, this dish did not made appearance in 2011. But it is back ... what was it you said about comfort and carby? and was someone hinting at this dish recently?

mosaicd37804b22686fd6e34960946ac3406f0656fa2ccanchovy pasta and meatballs, one dish meal

Since I had no reference of what I did the previous two times, and only vaguely remember it was a blend of ground pork, beef? veal?  and parsley.  I found this meatball recipe to start. I used what I had on hand -  some leftover bread that has been sitting around for too many days, shallots instead of onions, add hot Italian sausage, and improvised from there.  I ended up with 2 parts pork, 1 part beef, .5 part hot Italian sausage, with a large bunch of parsley, a giant pile of parmesan, two eggs, salt & pepper. All lightly mixed together then loosely formed into meat balls. I let them rest for few hours, pan fried, then finished in a 350°F oven, with mixture of water + beer + a little bouillon to keep them moist.

For the pasta, I dumped a box (1lb) of thin spaghetti into salted boiling water. In the mean time, warmed an almost entire tube of anchovy paste with olive oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, lemon juice from one lemon, a large pinch of red pepper flakes in a large pan. Tossed the almost done pasta with anchovy mixture, finished with 1 cup+ of toasted panko breadcrumbs.

I piled meatballs and pasta in large serving bowl, sprinkled generously with lemon zest and parsley. All the while, pretending I am serving a large crowd, instead of just four of us.

I must confess I felt really strange only make a single dish, and eggnog for our meal. But I apparently survive to tell the tale.

After dinner, we play our new games (Yay! Thanks!). Coup (BGG link), was a recommendation from a mutual friend.

DSC_2338my two influences, dead

Coup, a new game

your hand

It is a simple game to teach and learn. However, it does take a little time to memorize the actions and counter actions. I think the game will go smoother, more fun, once we memorize the roles to bluff, convincingly (or not!). It is a good end of the evening quick game.

We finish the evening with Bonhanza, which we stopped playing at our house, when we realize I was missing a Wax Bean.


My belly is happily full of cookies and our game shelf has two additions. Yay! Merry Christmas, see you next year!

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