This week in Recipe for success we meet Annabel Karmel, whos just collected her MBE from the queen for outstanding work in child nutrition. Annabel tells us how her children inspired her to change her career path from musician to child nutritionist.
Annabels first book The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner is the UKs all-time best selling book for feeding babies and children, and has become some what a bible for most new mothers. Annabel has written another 13 books since, which are just as popular and has been translated into 10 languages.
Annabel will show us how to cook one of her sons favourite dishes of Turkey Meatballs, which are just as good as finger foods for babies as they are as a whole meal for the rest of the family.
MAKES 4 PORTIONS (2 adults and 2 children)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions finely chopped (approx 200g unpeeled weight ) 40g white breadcrumbs (approx 2 slices) 50 ml milk
250g turkey mince
1 small apple, peeled and grated
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
½ tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp flour to dust hands
3 tbsp sunflower oil for frying
Use half the onion from above
1 clove garlic, crushed
400g tin chopped tomatoes
100 ml water
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp sugar
¼ tsp oreganov
pinch dried chilli flakes
salt and pepper
a little chopped parsley or basil
1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions gently for about 10 minutes until softened. Use half the onions for the meatballs and half for the tomato sauce.
2. Meanwhile soak the breadcrumbs in milk for 10 minutes in a large bowl.
3. To make the sauce, transfer half the sautéed onion to a pan. Add the crushed garlic and sauté for one minute add all the remaining ingredients and simmer covered for 7 minutes.
4. To make the meatballs, add the turkey mince , grated apple, thyme, sautéed onion, salt and black pepper to the soaked breadcrumbs and mix together. Using floured hands, form teaspoons of the mixture into small balls. Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan and brown the meatballs. Transfer the meatballs to the pan of tomato sauce and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes uncovered.
5. Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle with a little chopped parsley or basil.
6. Thread the turkey balls onto skewers and serve them with the spaghetti.