Spiced meat balls
500g beef mince
1 onion – finely chopped
3 cloves garlic – finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
4 tsp garam masala
2 tsp paprika
3 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp chilli flakes (possibly leave this out if cooking for children)
1 tbsp fresh rosemary – chopped
½ tsp black pepper
Put the mince, onion, 2 cloves of garlic, cumin, garam masala, paprika, oregano, chilli flakes, bread crumbs, egg and a pinch of salt in a bowl and mix them thoroughly. Now form them into balls the size of golf balls. Heat a pan with some olive oil and brown the meat balls in it for 5 minutes.
Put them in an oven dish with the passata, a clove of garlic, rosemary and black pepper and cook in an oven at 170 C for 20 Serve with rice, pasta or potatoes.
The principles that underlie this recipe can be applied to most meat mince such as turkey, pork, venison and mutton. The main property of beef that makes it particularly suitable in this case is that despite being very flavoursome it does not have an extreme effect on the body, matching it to most people’s constitutions.