The house is a mess. Presents to be packed in every corner, luggage for several destinations, and still our dog struggling to become better.
In between I try to prepare healthy food and in the meanwhile to finish everything in the cupboards.
All this is a perfect excuse for non-inventive cooking.
Is a dish with a superb little local pumpkin and the last potatoes in the bag combined with minced meat balls boring? Or is it ideal food during winter?
Half the pumpkin (for 2p total weight approx 700 grams). Remove the seeds and put the halves on baking paper. Spread some olive oil and put in the oven for 30 mins at 180°, until the meat is soft. Boil the peeled and chopped potatoes (approx 300 grams). Mix the pumpkin (without skin, with the juice) with the potatoes. Add some milk (needs to be finished), some coconut milk (needs to be finished), a few chopped garlic cloves, loads of pepper, salt, dried basil…. (ricotta, leftovers of soft cheese, curry, garam masala, ras el hanout, fresh sage, loads of variations are possible, just check your fridge;-)). Make a smooth puree. Taste and add some more salt or pepper if needed.
In the meanwhile, prepare the meatballs with chicken minced meat and the lovely local sausage meat (300 grams for 2p), fresh parsley or basil (whatever you find). Bake them, but not too long, in the oven or in a pan.
Oil an oven dish. Pour the puree in the dish and spread the meat balls. Finish with a mixture of grated parmigiano and bread crumb. Count 30 mins at 180° in the oven and there is food!