Do you ever cook one of those meals where you don’t really know what you’re doing until you’re finished? This was one of those meals.
It was late, Tom was coming home from work, I had no plans for dinner so I opened the fridge and stared mindlessly, hoping God would reach down to me and whisper the answer in my ear. To be completely honest, I was about to reach for some chicken sausage when I realized that it was Tuesday and I was photographing everything for What I Ate Wednesday, and I’m pretty sure I’ve shown sausage as my dinner for the past month and I was worried people might think I had a sausage problem (come on people, get your mind out of the gutters!), so I probed my mind (seriously, OUT of the gutter) to come up with a better idea. I really don’t eat that much sausage, somehow it just always lands on a Tuesday, I SWEAR!
I realized that I had some lamb leftover from Easter so I mixed it together with a bunch of spices with the intention of making burgers. But then I thought about putting on my winter jacket to go outside & grill (because it’s April, and apparently April in Massachusetts means arctic weather). And I decided that there wasn’t a bone in my body that wanted to go outside, SO I decided to make mini round burgers that were baked (often known as meatballs). Are you still with me?
So as I was sliding the meatballs into the oven, I realized I hadn’t thought any further about the meal and had an image flash through my head of a few meatballs sitting in the middle of a white plate. So I ran to the fridge, pulled out some eggplant & zucchini, brushed them with a little olive oil, salt & pepper and threw them under the broiler for a few minutes.
I had a few extra minutes while that was happening so I mixed together some sheeps milk yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, cucumber & made a quick little tzatziki sauce. Yup, this was totally coming together.
This seriously all happened in about 25 minutes and somehow we ended up with a meal that looked like I knew what the hell I was doing. I still remember a quote from my old boss on the day that he started at our company (yes Mauro, I’m talking about you). He said “If I don’t dazzle you with my brains, I will baffle you with my bullshit.” I loved that and it always stuck in my brain. Well, this was a “baffle with bullshit” meal, buy hey – it worked!!
Oh, and by the way – the meatballs were totally delicious. Go make them.