Have you ever been so hungry and desperate for food that as soon as you come home you eat the first thing you see.. even if that first thing ain't so appetizing? I started feeling a bit hungry a couple hours before I got off of work. By the time I stepped on the subway, it turned into a growl and the hunger started to consume me. As soon as I walked in the door, I made a beeline for the first edible item I saw -- some leftover rice and chicken on a plate. Might I add.. it was the leftover rice and chicken on the plate that Al was eating off of last night. I know.. ew.... gross.. but I was hungry! After watching me throw down a couple bites, a slightly disgusted Al wrestled the fork out of my hands and said, "I was going to throw that away." I shrugged my shoulders, a little happier for having momentarily taken the edge off my hunger. I knew it would come roaring back, so I decided to make something that I've never eatan before in my 23 years of life... spaghetti and meatballs.
Am I for real? Have I never had spaghetti and meatballs before? Until now, they never seemed that appealing to me -- its a ball of ground meat. But at that very moment, a ball of ground rubber would've tasted good. I had all the makings for some good meatballs, so I got started.
You combine ground beef, pork and veal with some fresh bread crumbs (I cheated and used the dry Japanese bread crumbs), parsley, egg, salt, nutmeg and warm water. I was careful not to mush all the meat together. You make them into little balls and brown them in a lot of oil in your skillet:
You remove the meatballs, discard the oil and make your basic spaghetti sauce. I don't know where I got this from, but I always use onions and garlic for the base, deglaze with some white wine, and pour the crushed tomatoes. Sometimes I add some stock (if I have some around) and I add whatever herbs I have around -- this time it was thyme. Finally, you transfer the meatballs back in and let it simmer on very low heat for 25 minutes. At this point I was about to die:
For a painstaking 25 minutes I waited for the meatballs to cook through. Once they were done I piled my plate up with the pasta and savored the moment. The meatballs were moist and flavorful, and there is nothing like a heaping bowl of pasta to fill you up. After I was done and fully satisfied I finally had the brain power to really think about my current job situation. I'm at the end of my first 2 weeks right now and I am really not enjoying it at all. I do think I should give it more time and see if I do like it, but as of now, it's not looking too good. I do not want to spend more than 1/3 of my day doing something that is not fun, stimulating or challenging to me. Do I have the guts to make a dramatic change and chase my passion? I can honestly say, I don't know.