I love it when a meal offers little explosions of flavour: salty BOOM! spicy BOOM! sweet BOOM! fresh BOOM! soft BOOM! crunchy BOOM!
This was my dinner. I admit it: I needed something like this tonight (if the previous post wasn't a good hint), especially because I only had a sandwich for lunch (Sunday, lazy Sunday).
Here are some of the main ingredients for this meal.
First, prepare the Prunes in a Blanket. Select the prunes you want to use [I recommend 2 per person, since the whole meal will have a wide variety of flavours] and wrap each of them in a thin slice of bacon. Use a toothpick to close the wrap.
Heat some olive oil in a pan and add half an onion and 2 garlic cloves [chopped]. After 2 minutes, add minced meat [previously seasoned with salt and freshly ground pepper]. Stir a little until it develops a golden colour and finally add 1 dessert spoon of hot sauce and about 100g of tomato sauce. Let it cook in mininum heat until everything is finished [about 12 to 15 minutes].
You can do pretty much everything else at the same time now.
- Cook basmati rice [again, the amount depends on one's taste and the number of people the meal is for] in boiling water seasoned with salt for about 8 to 10 minutes. Just before that, have a taste. When it's no longer hard [but not mushy yet] it's time you take it off the stove. Run it under cold water to stop it from boiling.
- Fry the blankets in a frying-pan - no oil or grease, please! Turn them from time to time.
- Grill asparagus [3 per person] and when they're done sprinkle some salt over them.
Finally, just before plating everything, add a mix of tropical fruit pieces in syrup (papaya, guava, pineapple) to the minced meat. Stir. This will add a sweet extra layer to the spicy and salty meat.