Slasher Movie Hangover

Souzoukakia (Greek Meatballs in tomato sauce)

It was a big day/night yesterday. Meat pies and sausage rolls for lunch, kilos of chocolate, 2 large bags of potato chips and of course, the obligatory alcohol to go with our ‘Friday the 13th’ movie marathon – 10 movies and I have to admit we only got to number 8 – finishing that at 5am and realising that I was still the only one awake – (the other two had dozed off) – I made everyone go to bed!

So, I’m the Queen of staying up late and sitting through all of mummy’s boy, Jason Voorhees’ kills. However, the most horrific thing about these films is not necessarily all the slashing, mincing and dicing but the ‘acting’. The acting is so poor that these films are borderline some of the best comedies I have ever seen and some of the characters are so unlikable that you just don’t give a shit what happens to them.  In fact some of them are so awful that you find yourself on the side of the killer – egging Jason on – “Oh that asshole needs to die in the most horribly gruesome way!” and cheering for “Good ‘ol Jas” when he impales that obnoxious blonde rich boy on the back of an old man’s truck.

I don’t quite know what this says about the people who make these films or the people who watch and enjoy them but they are fun. We all agreed that we liked Jason best in the later films, where he maintained a steady walk in pursuit of his victims, not the running he did in the earlier films – which is why I’m a much bigger fan of the ‘Halloween’ movies with Michael Myers – the slasher King of slasher movies!

Of course this meant a slow day for me today and a pounding headache. I still had to be up early, so not much sleep was had but I did manage, after dropping my daughter off at work and a quick trip to the butcher, to squeeze in 2 nanna naps on the couch with the dog – she stayed up too but by film number 6 she was well and truly over it as well as out of it.

I managed to grumble something to the butcher about mincing up some beef for me and as he did so, my mind drifted off to various scenes from the previous nights’ gore fest – I imaged limbs and eye balls being pushed and squeezed through the mincer. Combined with my fuzzy head from the alcohol and my queazy gut from all the junk we ate, it took every bit of strength I had to stay upright. But as I was the Queen of staying up late, drinking and watching slasher movies, I knew I had a reputation to protect, so upright I stood, and even managed a smile for the butcher.

I kinda figured that I may as well combine the beef mince I had bought with the pork mince I had defrosted overnight and make a Greek dish called ‘souzoukakia’ (say it as it’s spelt).  I don’t actually know what the literal translation is for this, I just know that this is what they are called.  They’re oval shaped spiced meat balls fried and then cooked in a tomato sauce and are usually served with steamed rice or roast potatoes and salad. We went with the steamed rice. They are so incredibly tasty with all the spices and white wine in them and it was quite good to sit on the kitchen stool, stare off into space and roll them.

Overall I would say that I did rather well today considering I felt like 10 different types of pooh!

Some good shit right here:

Ingredients

Mince

1 kilo mince – I used a combination of beef and pork but you can use whatever you like.

5 cloves garlic

1/4 cup dry white wine

2 – 3  slices thick soaked crustless bread

1 egg

salt, pepper

oil for frying

flour for coating

Spice Blend

4 tspn ground coriander

4 tspn ground cumin

2 tspn sweet paprika

1 tspn ground nutmeg

1 tspn cinnamon

1/2 tspn ground cloves

1/2 tspn cayenne pepper

Tomato Sauce

2 tins crushed tomatoes

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 cup water

1 tsp butter

1/2 tspn cinnamon and 1/2 tspn allspice

Method

Put all the mince and spice ingredients into a large bowl and knead well. Use your hands for this – it’s the only way.

get yer shit together

get yer shit together

Mould the mixture into small rolls of longish shape and coat them with flour.

shape them nicely

shape them nicely

Not too much flour

Not too much flour

Heat oil in large frying pan and fry until half done. Remove souzoukakia from pan and prepare sauce. Bring the sauce to the boil for 5 mins then turn down heat. Before the sauce thickens, add the little fried mince rolls and allow them to slowly boil on low heat for a further 10 – 15 mins.

Bubbly awesomness!

Bubbly awesomness!

Do I really need to tell you how to steam rice? – No, I thought not!

Serve with rice…Mmmmm…delish 🙂

eat! eat! eat!

eat! eat! eat!

Saturday Mayhem

Sausage Rolls

Today I paid the price for having such a great day yesterday!

Yesterday we had been given the day off work to concentrate on writing our mid year reports. I had already completed 3 of my 5 classes and as my partner was home as well I thought I’d skip the report writing and go out and have a leisurely lunch at a great Vietnamese restaurant. I wasn’t going to get much done with both him and my daughter home anyway and as I would have the house to myself on Saturday I thought I was set…I thought…

So…let’s see…my mum was having a plant sale and no one had helped her set up, so out of the house early to help her out (what a good daughter)…then…off to see a house that we were interested in…then I had to look for a Bolero jacket for a wedding I’m going to in 2 weeks (I swear they were everywhere 2 weeks ago and now – NOTHING!)…then food shopping…my favourite thing to do!…BUT…not when some reverses into my car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Having just just got our other car back yesterday after it had been smashed by the mechanic after a routine service, this was not what I needed…add another wasted hour to my day to check out damage and swap details!

Before the day could get any worse I took myself off to my favourite gourmet international deli/supermarket, where things are wonderful but extremely pricey. Never mind…I had many wonderful food loving moments and everything felt slightly better.

No gourmet dinner tonight but really felt like getting my hands dirty. So, I made sausage rolls. Squishing up the minced beef and pork with herbs, egg and sauces and downing a glass of red wine while doing it was messy but extremely satisfying.

Not an out of this world recipe but wonderful all the same. I’ve said it before…the simple things in life are always the best!

pork mince

beef mince

grated carrot

grated onion

salt & pepper

parsley

1 egg

tomato sauce (ketchup)

bbq sauce

worcestershire sauce

puff pastry

Squelch together well with your hands (the best part) and let sit for around 10 mins.

Cut each sheet of puff pastry in half and spread a decent amount of the prepared mixture along each. Roll and cut 3 slits along each roll. Brush with beaten egg or milk and place on baking trays. Bake in a very hot pre heated oven (200 degrees) for around 20 mins.

Cut them up and serve with tomato sauce. My daughter and I just like to eat them like this…nothing else with them…just scrummy sausage rolls!