Lamb meatballs with warm yoghurt and swiss chard and solutions to some recent software problems

Hello, everyone!

This is a post which has been sitting in Drafts for ages.  I just hope I can remember how we made the dish.

I am sorry it has been so long since I have written a post.  One reason has been lethargy and the other is that I have had computer problems or, more to the point, software problems.  I will tell you about them in case you have the same, or similar, issues.  It will save you hours in forums.

According to what I have read, they have been caused by the latest updates of Windows 10 and Google Chrome (I don’t even know how I got Google Chrome but there you go).

Don’t get me started on Windows 10 – Grrrrrhh!  As a consequence of its installation, I have had to buy a new printer when the old one was perfectly functional.  The problem was the old driver was not compatible with Windows 10 and Epson was not going to update it because of its age.  OK, it was really old but it worked perfectly.

Next, I had to upgrade Photoshop Elements because one update of Windows 10 killed all the fonts.  It didn’t recognise the fonts, or something like that, and since it was an old version (Adobe update it every year and only service the current version), I had to upgrade – Grrrrrhh!  Interestingly, the old version is still working perfectly on my Perth computer.

The other day, I tried to resize a photo in WordPress – but couldn’t.  A few hours on the forums later, I discovered it was a problem with the new version of Chrome affecting WordPress.  If I opened WordPress in Internet Explorer, all was well.

Later that night, I went into Photoshop Elements to edit some photos of my new soaps and I couldn’t save anything.  I was getting a message stating I didn’t have enough memory which didn’t seem right.  After quite a few more hours in the forums, I discovered that, as a result of the latest Windows 10 update, the amount of RAM available was not being detected correctly by Photoshop.  A work around until Microsoft or Adobe fix it is to edit the registry.  This solution came with the following warning:

if you play around with the registry and get it wrong, you could severely or even fatally screw up your PC.  If you don’t know what you are doing, or are not confident, then don’t mess with the registry.

Well, I had no idea what I was doing but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Alas, the guys in the forum were much more tech savvy than me.  They didn’t give detailed instructions on how I was to do this.  All I knew was I had to add a new DWord in regedit.

I Googled how to add a new DWord.  I tried three times and it didn’t work.  At last, at about 1:00am, I found a screen dump of what I was supposed to do, with step by step instructions and I nailed it.  I woke poor Maus in the excitement.  

So if  you have some Adobe programs and have recently started having memory problems, I know how to fix them.  Just send me an email and I will run you through it.  It doesn’t seem to matter what version of Photoshop you have.

Those who know me, know all this has made me very grumpy.   And what did I do to cheer myself up?   I made some more soap.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand… a recipe.  When I was originally preparing this post, I was going to call it Where has Ottolenghi gone?  I couple of years back, Yotam was all over the place.  Now you rarely hear of him.   It is a good thing really.  I have barely scratched the surface of my Ottolenghi books.  If he is having a breather, I might be able to catch up.

This dinner came about as with most dinners:  we had lamb mince in the freezer and I wanted to use it.  Off to Eat Your Books I went and found this recipe.  Maus made the meatballs and I made the sauce.  The photo is a bit blue because I took it under artificial light.  Oh, well, in the scheme of things, that was the least of my worries.

This recipe is from NOPI The Cookbook.

These quantities will serve 6.

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 1kg lamb mince
  • 150g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 70g pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp dried mint
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt & black pepper

Sauce:

  • 60ml olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely diced
  • 300g Swiss chard, white stalks removed and green leaves roughly shredded – about 120g of leaves (or use English spinach)
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 40ml lemon juice
  • 500g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbs  (15 mils) cornflour, mixed to a paste with a bit of water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • seeds of a pomegranate
  • coriander leaves, roughly chopped to serve
  • salt and black pepper

Method:

Sauce:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium saucepan with the onion and the  garlic.
  2. Very gently fry for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions have softened but not taken on any colour. Add a bit of water if they begin to brown.
  3. Add the chilli and chard and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the chard has wilted.
  4. Stir in the allspice, chicken stock and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.
  5. Place the yoghurt, cornflour paste and egg in a large mixing bowl with 150 mils of water. Whisk to form a smooth paste.  Gradually spoon the hot chard mixture into the yoghurt, stirring well after each addition, until the two mixtures are combined.  Add salt and black pepper, stir and set aside.

Meatballs:

  1. Place all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl.  Mix together, then shape into 24 balls, about 50g each.
  2. Pour the remaining oil into a large, high-sided saute pan and place over medium-high heat.  Add half the meatballs and fry for 4 minutes, turning a few times so that all sides are browned.  Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining batch, adding a little bit more oil if needed.

Combine:

  1. Wipe out the pan and pour in the yoghurt sauce.  Bring to a very gentle simmer over medium-low heat (it should barely be bubbling), stirring continuously in one direction to prevent the yoghurt from curdling.  (I did this. I am not sure whether it is true but I wasn’t willing to risk it.)
  2. Return the meatballs to the pan (they should just be covered with sauce) and cook over low heat, covered for 20 to 25 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  3. Serve with the pomegranate seeds and coriander sprinkled on top.

4 thoughts on “Lamb meatballs with warm yoghurt and swiss chard and solutions to some recent software problems

  1. The lamb meatball dish looks delicious Glenda… love yoghurt sauces with meat 🙂 Like you I’ve had computer problems of late as I hadn’t updated my computer for ages. Did the updates and it screwed a lot of things up for me and I could no longer run the older version of my photo editing program. I too didn’t have enough space so had to delete some stuff and buy an external hard drive. Updates are a pain 🙂

    • Hi Moya, sounds like you had the same problems as me. Bloody updates. Like I said, the updates screwed up Photoshop on one of my computers so I had to buy a new version but on the other computer the old version is working fine. Go figure. 🙂

  2. Windows 8, 10, Chrome, Telcos, Anti-virus software,yada yada…. we are such a captive audience. We suck it up and deal with what they throw at us as best we can. Troubleshooting, surfing forums and fixes are an art. You really need to be your own expert. So we can get on with soap making, dinner (yum, lamb meatballs) and blogging as best we can.

    • Ella you have summed it up perfectly. Every time I see there is an new version of something or the other I hold my breadth. Geez it gives me the shits. I am not bad at finding out the answer but I wonder what the non tech savvy people do.

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