"No, honey, its okay, Mommy can mess it up all by herself."

Herbs: basil, scallionImage via Wikipedia Tonight’s Kitchen Miracle was a Kitchen Semi-Disaster. It was edible. Sort of.. LOL

A few months ago, we shared kitchen duties to prepare this recipe for Rachel’s Asian Meatballs sans sauce.

Our friend’s didn’t have a food processor and I think we chopped for a couple hours, to get all the veggies ready.

We used ground chicken, that day, too…

It was really good, despite the labor intensive work.

So, tonight I printed the recipe.

I asked my daughter to read it and let me know if there was anything that she didn’t understand.

I sent my son out back, to bring in some fresh basil and flat Italian parsley.

I decided to use the lime juice, from our on-their-last-leg limes, and some lemon zest, as that seemed in better condition and I needed lemon zest for the Herb Couscous, too.

I used the shredder part of the food processor for the ginger and the garlic, then started adding the chopped herbs and veggies.

At first, I forgot to put the soy sauce into the food processor. So, after the first minute of zipping into a paste, I added the soy sauce and the lime juice.

Did you catch that?

I had doubled the recipe and the meat didn’t all fit into the food processor.

I processed what I could, then removed some, added more and eventually just stirred it altogether.

About this time, I ask my daughter to read the recipe to me, again. I had only had her read it to me about five times, at this point.

I asked her if there was some kind of cracker or bread crumb in it.

See where I’m going with this? *giggle*

So, as I stared at this minced mush, in the bowl, I picked up the recipe. I think a cook just knows when something isn’t right.

I still didn’t see the problem.

As my skillet is heating, and I’m preparing to use my cookie dough scoop to form these balls.. I started reading the directions for the sauce..

Sesame oil, Soy Sauce, (I put all the veggies in the meat. Oops. All the ginger. Oops.) and LIME Juice.

Oh crap!

I got real mad at myself, stormed around and left the kitchen to stew some more, while my skillet was still getting hot.

I had no idea how we’d eat my limed meatballs. I cooked the first batch, removed them, added the rest..

and I tasted them…

Very distinct lime grabbed me and well..

When the second batch was almost done, I put the first batch back in the pan. I drained nothing. I poured a mixture of the sauce (sans lime juice) made with Agave Nectar instead of honey, over the top and let it bubbled for 3-4 minutes.

I served it over the Couscous. It had our attention. It didn’t completely suck.. but ummm.. ewww!

Then I rubbed my eye with my hands that had chopped jalapeno.

What can I say now? haha

I will try this again. I know that they can be better, even if they weren’t completely inedible.

The Couscous was good. I used the rainbow colored stuff with carrot couscous mixed in. I think its carrot.  It needed butter.  I had added a Green Giant box of baby peas in butter sauce, with the herbs and zest.

I’m definitely no Rachel Ray.

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"No, honey, its okay, Mommy can mess it up all by herself."

Herbs: basil, scallionImage via Wikipedia Tonight’s Kitchen Miracle was a Kitchen Semi-Disaster. It was edible. Sort of.. LOL

A few months ago, we shared kitchen duties to prepare this recipe for Rachel’s Asian Meatballs sans sauce.

Our friend’s didn’t have a food processor and I think we chopped for a couple hours, to get all the veggies ready.

We used ground chicken, that day, too…

It was really good, despite the labor intensive work.

So, tonight I printed the recipe.

I asked my daughter to read it and let me know if there was anything that she didn’t understand.

I sent my son out back, to bring in some fresh basil and flat Italian parsley.

I decided to use the lime juice, from our on-their-last-leg limes, and some lemon zest, as that seemed in better condition and I needed lemon zest for the Herb Couscous, too.

I used the shredder part of the food processor for the ginger and the garlic, then started adding the chopped herbs and veggies.

At first, I forgot to put the soy sauce into the food processor. So, after the first minute of zipping into a paste, I added the soy sauce and the lime juice.

Did you catch that?

I had doubled the recipe and the meat didn’t all fit into the food processor.

I processed what I could, then removed some, added more and eventually just stirred it altogether.

About this time, I ask my daughter to read the recipe to me, again. I had only had her read it to me about five times, at this point.

I asked her if there was some kind of cracker or bread crumb in it.

See where I’m going with this? *giggle*

So, as I stared at this minced mush, in the bowl, I picked up the recipe. I think a cook just knows when something isn’t right.

I still didn’t see the problem.

As my skillet is heating, and I’m preparing to use my cookie dough scoop to form these balls.. I started reading the directions for the sauce..

Sesame oil, Soy Sauce, (I put all the veggies in the meat. Oops. All the ginger. Oops.) and LIME Juice.

Oh crap!

I got real mad at myself, stormed around and left the kitchen to stew some more, while my skillet was still getting hot.

I had no idea how we’d eat my limed meatballs. I cooked the first batch, removed them, added the rest..

and I tasted them…

Very distinct lime grabbed me and well..

When the second batch was almost done, I put the first batch back in the pan. I drained nothing. I poured a mixture of the sauce (sans lime juice) made with Agave Nectar instead of honey, over the top and let it bubbled for 3-4 minutes.

I served it over the Couscous. It had our attention. It didn’t completely suck.. but ummm.. ewww!

Then I rubbed my eye with my hands that had chopped jalapeno.

What can I say now? haha

I will try this again. I know that they can be better, even if they weren’t completely inedible.

The Couscous was good. I used the rainbow colored stuff with carrot couscous mixed in. I think its carrot.  It needed butter.  I had added a Green Giant box of baby peas in butter sauce, with the herbs and zest.

I’m definitely no Rachel Ray.

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