After many months of planning, I finally did it. I opened my own Etsy shop. It's called Marshmallow and Lily (like the characters on How I met your Mother, as some of you may have noticed).
For now, there are just a few items. I haven't had much time to photograph everything yet. In the next few days I'll be adding my Bath and Body line.
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It's really hard to make an ugly food look good. The good part is that ugly foods tend to be the tastiest. That's the case with this dish.
Meatballs in Almond Sauce (Albóndigas en Salsa de Almendras) is a traditional Spanish dish. I combined a few recipes to make this one, because there are so many variations.
It was perfect for a Sunday dinner. This is now added to my list of comfort foods.
for the Meatballs
- 8 ounces of ground Beef
- 8 ounces of ground Pork
- 1 slice of Bread (soaked in milk)
- one clove of Garlic, finely minced
- 1 tbsp chopped Parsley (fresh or dried)
- 1 Egg, beaten
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive Oil, for frying
- All-Purpose Flour, for dusting
-Combine the above ingredients (except oil and flour) in a bowl until well incorporated. Then roll the meatballs in flour until completely covered. Remove the excess flour, a light coating should be left.
-Pour some oil (1 cm deep) in a pan, bring to medium-heat, then fry the meatballs until golden brown outside (about 2-3 minutes). Don't eat them yet, they'll be raw inside. Set aside.
to cook the meatballs
- 1 cup of Beef Stock
- 1 cup of White Wine
- 1 Bay leaf
-In a separate pan, bring the liquids to a boil, then add the meatballs and reduce to medium heat, cover. Cook for 6-8 minutes. Prepare the Almond Sauce.
for the Almond Sauce
- 1/4 cup whole Almonds (or almond meal)
- 2 slices of Bread
- 1/4 cup of Milk
- 4 cloves of Garlic, minced
- 1 big Yellow Onion, finely chopped
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
-In the pan you used to fry the meatballs, use 2-3 tablespoons of the left over oil to cook the onion and garlic until they're translucent. Remove and set aside.
-Add the almonds to the pan (with a little oil), and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
-Fry the bread in some oil. Then soak in milk for one minute.
-Put all of the ingredients together in a blender and puree until a smooth paste is formed. Add this paste to the pan where the meatballs are cooking. Let it cook for another 5 minutes, covered.
Serve with potatoes.