Any how the weather was nice and sunny and so I promised my husband to grill the makarels for lunch in the evening (hurry up home...). Preparations were nearly done, as a huge thunderstorm with heavy rain occured out of the blue. Have a good look at my patio and you know why I skipped grilling mackarels this evening.
I got other things to do, save the basement for example: the water came rushing in.
After this unaspected event had taken place I decided to cook something quick and easy: Meatballs in onion sauce. Hiroyuki san posted a recipe a few days ago. So I had to give it a try. You may find the recipe at Hiroyuki's blog
Tsukune Nanban Zuke/つくねの南蛮漬け
I took one pound ground meat (beef/pork 50:50 mix) added 2 tablespoons of panko-flakes and therefor skipped the starch. I also added a little bit harissa (arabian chilipaste) because we like spicy meatballs (otherwise I followed the recipe). The onions were tiny because fresh and young. They just started to build their yellow-brown peel. I decided to use a mandoline to slice them. So the slices were rather small. But they tasted wonderful.
In addition to the meat part of the meal I made a daikon-cucumber-salad with citrus dressing (just soysauce, lemon juice, mirin- presalted and afterwards soaked the slices in water before) and spinach with sesame seeds (take blanched spinach, squeeze of the water, and mix the dry leaves with a little soysauce, sesame oil and sesame seeds). We had rice for me and soba for my husband too.
Thanks to Hiroyuki we had a very tasty dish.