Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Adieu Phoebe Snow

Phoebe was my muse. I've adored this woman for most of my life. She had a talent like no other and she gave her whole career up to raise her severely disabled daughter at a time when children such as hers would have been placed in a home. She cared for Valerie Rose until Valerie died. Her husband left her when the baby was born with difficulties so Phoebe attended to her daughter's needs entirely on her own. Her most famous song was 'Poetry Man" but I loved all of her music. She was said to have had the most varied octave range of any singer. I will miss you Phoebe. I hope you and Valerie are together again!

I made lots of food for my daughter and her marine to take back with them after Easter. I showed these a while ago but they were so good I thought I would post them again in case you missed them. They are Dutch Gehaktballen.

To 2 pounds of ground pork and 2 pounds of ground beef, add a large, finely diced onion.

Add several eggs.

This is a combination of spices. If you can't find this seasoning, use a combination of salt, coriander pepper,mace, cardamon, chili and marjoram. You will need about 7 teaspoons of this mix.

Add 3 tablespoons of curry ketchup or asian sweet chili sauce.

Add 3 tablespoons of whole grain mustard.

Add 6 tablespoons of breadcrumbs or crushed crackers. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh cracked black pepper and 1 tablespoon of salt.

Add 2 tablespoons of Maggi.

Mix this very, very well.

Form these into large balls. Press the balls tightly together when you form them to push out any air which would make them crack when frying.

Melt 8 tablespoons of butter in a heavy pot and add the meatballs.

Keep turning them until they are browned all over.

Remove the meatballs to a plate and set aside.

Bring the butter and drippings to a boil.

Add 5 cups of beef stock.

Return the meatballs to the pot.

Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, make some mashed potatoes. This is how I package the food I prepare for the kids. I place individual servings in each container.

I placed a meatball on top of each mashed potato serving, covered them with gravy and froze them. When the kids are hungry, they throw one of these in the microwave and have a good meal. Sort of like a fancy version of one of those grocery store frozen meals.