Woke up to a smattering of snow this morning but it’s all gone now so hopefully I won’t be up early tweeting school closures in the morning.
Today was a day for baking, cooking and cleaning, all with the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show as a soundtrack on the iPlayer. I have to say the Fight Club section where takes on someone else’s record collection was genius this week with Terry Christian. MiniHim stood on a chair to watch me baking and grooved on down to the massive tunes they were playing. Remembered to go live to Radio 6 for Huey’s show at 1pm which is my next favourite way to spend a happy three hours.
MiniMe came back from her paintball sleepover with tales of getting splatted, KFC for dinner and staying up toll 8am. This was all sobered with the news they heard this morning that their classmate’s mum committed suicide yesterday. I’ve never met the boy but MiniMe sits next to him in some classes and she’s obviously shaken. She’s asked lots of questions about why someone would do that so I tried to cover all bases but said that she has to be aware that, even although it would have had nothing to do with the boy he may be blaming himself inside and that it’s only natural. He probably won’t be at school for a while but she’s said she’ll keep an eye out for him.
I’ve been hearing for a while now that young people and folk in their 20s are moving from Facebook to Twitter. It’s all been anecdotal but today two of my Facebook friends announced their move to Twitter, mostly down to the amount of narcissism and unwanted attention on Facebook that is more difficult to ignore than on Twitter. I go through fits and starts with both and I know that Liz Azyan is the same. She’s spending more time on Facebook at the moment but for once I’m splitting my time equally which is probably down to my new swanky Galaxy Note II which makes everything so much easier compared to my old phone.
Today I have learned:
- MiniHim has inherited my dancing gene but he has much more soul in him
- MiniMe can empathise with people she sometimes finds challenging
- I’m a northern soul girl at heart
Baked pasta and meatballs
a good slug of olive oil, about 2mm in the bottom of the pan
2 onions, chopped
3 cans (400g) chopped tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper
a good slug of red wine
150g minced beef
150g minced lamb
300g pasta twists or penne
3 mozzarella balls sliced into 1cm discs
150g Parmesan cheese, grated
Method: To make the tomato sauce, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over a gentle heat. Fry the onions till soft but not browned. Tip in the tomatoes, herbs, wine and seasoning and let it bubble gently for 40 minutes stirring regularly. Place to once side when ready. This sauce can be used for many things such as pour over pasta sauce or pizza topping and can be kept chunky or whizzed till smooth. It also freezes well.
To make the meatballs place both minces in a bowl along with seasoning and mix well with your hands. Form into marble sized meatballs. Brown in a frying pan and set aside.
Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 5 while you cook the pasta until it is al dente. Drain pasta well then add the tomato sauce and stir well. Stir in the meatballs.
Put half the mixture into a lasagne dish then place on half the mozzarella discs and half the Parmesan. Repeat then bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve with salad and crusty bread. Oh, and don’t forget the red wine 🙂