Here is a really quick and easy meal… Right now when we are in the depths of our school year and our house guests do not abate because we are busy!!! I still want to be able to have folks round for a meal at the drop of a hat but I just don’t have hours of preparation time. So here is super quick meal, that is easy enough for a nine year old to whip up on her own, and that is working for us right now.
Let’s Meet the Players:
- For every pound of mince:
- We use about a tablespoon of crushed garlic.
- One small onion chopped.
- One egg.
- A generous teaspoon of ground cumin.
- A generous teaspoon of coriander.
- A half teaspoon of cinnamon (of course I always leave something out of the photograph).
- And a dash of cayenne pepper.
- Wooden skewers. These are called craft sticks in our house – but really they are skewers.
Let’s Play the Game:
Step 1: Pop your skewers in a sink of cold water to soak before you get going with all your other preparation.
Step 2: Slightly grind all those lovely spices… just a bit – no need to haul out the pestle and mortar.
Step 3: Toss all the ingredients into a bowl… and smoosh it together.
Step 4: Divide your mixture up into the number of skewers you want and roll them into balls and poke a skewer stick through them. Squish them round the skewer.
Step 5: At this stage I usually pop them in the fridge until we are almost ready to eat. Total time so far: fifteen minutes max. And then I make a quick Salsa – with whatever is lying around…
Step 6: When we are ready to eat I pop them under the grill for about ten minutes. Turn them half way.. While they are grilling we make a bowl of couscous. Just follow the directions on the packet… ours are add equal amounts of dry couscous and boiling water (a cup for a cup and so on) and three minutes later stir it through with a dash of butter or some olive oil and it is ready to serve. Pop your salsa onto your couscous with a dash of lemon juice and you are good to go.
Step 7: Literally dinner for many in minutes.
That’s it!!! Quick and Easy!!!