When I was a teenager, I used to go for a meal on special occasions at an Italian called Pierre Luigi’s in West Hull. It was the most amazing Italian food I’d ever tasted. I always ordered the same dishes!
Starter was calamari on a bed of salad
Dinner was always meatballs in tomato sauce with spaghetti
Dessert was always they best tiramisu you’ve ever taste in your life
Oh and a cheeky Malibu and lemonade to wash it all down.
For many years I’ve tried to make my own version and see if I could hit the spot and make it taste as beautiful as Pierre .
With lots of failed attempts and getting the ingredient not quite right, I gave up and came to the conclusion that now that beautiful dish was just a distant memory and il only ever make what tasted like an economy versions that just never quite was upto scratch.
Now at 4 months pregnant I’m very much into the swing of random cravings and fancying all sorts of different foods, yesterday I couldn’t get Pierre’s balls out of my mouth and head 😉😂. I swear while sitting on the couch lazing about and watching the kids play Lego, my mouth was watering at the very thought of the sitting down to that beautiful meal in front of me!
I had a some lamb mince in the fridge that needed using and thought, bugger it!!!!! I’m gonna try again!!!
I sat the kids at the table with their activities and I started just chopping, preparing and chucking stuff in the pan. I raided my spice drawers and got out everything i sniffed out that would work well in this dish!
Before I knew it I had DONE IT!!!!!
Here’s what I used and how I succeeded in making the most amazing dish in the world
- 500g lamb mince
- 1 large onion minced or finally chopped
- 1 slice of stale bread (Blended)
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tsp of ground red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 egg
- 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
- A splash of garlic & herb passata
- 1 tbsp of dried parsley
- 1 cm of garlic purée
- 2 chopped white onions
- 1/2 tube of tomato purée
- 1/2 tsp oregano (if desired)
- Salt & pepper