Friday, November 20, 2009

azure skies and cranes

Oh, glorious day!

Not only was the sun shining in a cloudless azure sky, but the little Italian man who arrived exactly 15 months ago to erect the crane, returned this morning to take it down. Yes - we've sold it - and for exactly the same price as we paid for it. I thought the chances of selling it at all were between slim and non-existent - so this is a huge result.

Every time I glanced out of the window to see how things were getting on, the Italian's mouth was motoring away and BB's head was moving like a nodding donkey, politely pretending to be listening. BB is a man of few words but prefers to hear even fewer. Four hours later, job done, he staggered into the kitchen and stood, shoulders slumped and head hung like a broken sunflower, exhausted from all that ear-bashing.

The crane is now sitting folded up, like a gigantic yellow insect, waiting to be pulled up onto the plateau and thence on to the buyer's site. It's removal feels like a bigger milestone than the completion of the roof somehow - probably due to the sleepless stormy nights I spent worrying about it toppling over.

Tonight we're going out for take-away pizza and a couple of beers in that bar so I'm off to doll myself up a bit and put on my best socks and shoes.

These pork and apple meatballs with apple sauce - based on another Delia recipe - were a huge hit at lunchtime. They're quick and easy and cooked completely in the oven, sparing all that messy frying business.

Serves 4
1 lb/450 g minced pork
4 oz/110 g breadcrumbs
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and quartered
1 heaped tsp dried sage (I used fresh)
Salt and freshly ground pepper

For the sauce
½ onion, peeled and chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced
1 oz/25 g butter
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp sugar

1. Pass the onion and apple through a mincer (I used my food processor) then mix with the pork, breadcrumbs and sage and season. Form into balls and place in a buttered ovenproof dish and cover with buttered foil. Place in the oven at 375°F/190°C for 45 minutes. Then remove the foil and raise the oven temperature to 400F/200C and continue to bake for a further 30 minutes, basting now and then, until the meatballs are nicely browned on top.

2. To make the sauce, soften the onion in the butter for 10 minutes, then stir in the sliced apple and 1 tablespoon water. Put a lid on and simmer till soft, then add a little freshly grated nutmeg and the sugar. Beat the sauce till fluffy and serve hot with the meatballs and mashed potatoes.


welltraveled said...

I just found you charming blog on Coreys blog..Have you on my fave list..Thank you..

I llive 6 months in Michigan and 6 months in Florida..Love to sky ,but hate snow LOL

Sarah said...

welltraveled - Thank you for adding me to your faves!

Victoria said...

This sounds delish.

Delila's pork and beef meatballs in goulash sauce was my favorite new recipe of 2006.

I'll give this recipe a try.

Sarah said...

Hi Victoria, We've just had Delia's pork and beef meatballs in goulash sauce today! - a huge fave of mine too. But the ones with apple were even better! Glad to see you're writing your blog again.

Kathie said...

FYI, Corey's blog, to which welltraveled alluded, is at:

A few weeks ago Corey Amaro -- yes, another Portuguese-Californian (except she's expat living in Provence)! -- asked her virtual friends to recommend their favorites books and blogs, so I naturally listed yours (as well as At Flores in the Azores).

Sarah said...

Kathie - Thanks very much! The more readers the merrier!