Side View’s weekend theme this week is METIER.

You’re catering now? I thought you’re a writer? Said the art director as I delivered my food for the crew’s lunch at the shoot. 

This took me back to a time when I worked for a woman who was a tyrant of the first order. A colleague; a young graphic designer, was a talented saxophonist and was moonlighting with a band. One day he asked to be allowed to leave work an hour early, as the band were playing a gig in a neighbouring city that night. The boss refused, telling him You can only have one passion, decide what it’s going to be; design or music.

I disagree, I strongly disagree.

For me, life has been good; I found my métier and it is multi faceted. I am a writer who loves to cook, or a cook who loves to write. That I am permitted to live my life in such a way that both my passions are indulged is a blessing.

And so it came to pass that the aforementioned art director wrote to me. I have mince, she said. I replied Well;  good for you, that calls for bats and balls.

Easy Italian Meatballs

1 pack of lean beef mince

1 red onion, diced

2 heaped tablespoons breadcrumbs

Handful chopped Italian parsley

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 large egg

Salt & pepper to taste 

Combine all ingredients, form into balls and fry in olive oil.

What size balls? Asked the AD.

Er … about like a dachshund’s. Said I.

I always have meatballs in my fridge, they’re good lunchbox fillers, perfect little standbys for dipping in sweet chilli sauce for the cocktail hour and go well in a Napolitana sauce over rigatoni for a quick and easy supper after a rushed day. This dish was named bats and balls by my daughter, back when she was cuter, sweeter and still thought I was the source of everything that was clever and good. 

Parenting a teen, it seems, is not going to be my strong suite.


65 Comments Add yours

  1. Supa says:

    I sympathise, really I do. The good bit is they eventually leave home!:) I like meatballs.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Some days I feel like leaving home myself …

  2. I love meatballs, especially with mash and gravy, oh and peas. Sadly Pete doesn’t share this love. 😦 Think it’s from his boarding school days.
    Too funny – “Er … about like a dachshund’s. Said I.”
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Boarding school … now there’s an idea!

  3. earlybird says:

    Yes yes yes! Cooking and writing/writing and cooking – I too am lucky enough to life my life so as to ‘indulge the two’. At the moment writing has the upper hand (although we still eat!) I have a passion for korma meatballs.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love korma too 🙂

  4. Cindy, you are quick on the draw.

    I love meatballs and I’d forgotten all about them. That’s dinner sorted, thank you, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Kate, enjoy!

  5. Nzwaa says:

    I dont think you would be Cindy Taylor if you didnt cook and write.

    I’ve watched my sister single-parenting 3 teens and well the last time we had to put out fires I had to threaten to kill (I used words like ‘hunt you down’) all 3 of them.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank heavens for wine 😀

  6. Madmom says:

    Parenting teens is no-ones strong suite, Cindy. 🙂 We all struggle along doing the best we can for them.
    It’s a blessing to have even one passion. Enjoy filling your life with what you love doing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Madmom 🙂

  7. It’s quite funny – i was asking my husband that very same question this morning – writer or cook! I Love your meataballs – and good luck with your teenager!! Cos you are gonna need it!! Eish they can be hectic! Have a great weekend xxx jan

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, my friend 🙂

  8. Liane says:

    Finding your way when you’re more broadly passionate is hard. Yes, if you can fulfill multiple of those passions simultaneously that must be quite something! I used to work for a boss similar to that 😦 I also totally disagree! You are privileged indeed, Cin.

  9. Tandy says:

    how awesome to do all our heart desires!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, awesomeness 🙂

  10. nursemyra says:

    I made rigatoni and meatballs for dinner two nights ago – delicious!

  11. Love the look of those meatballs. Enjoy your weekend Cin! xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, Sweetie, you start work next week, so make sure and rest up.

  12. Tilly Bud says:

    What did he choose?

    I’m always glad to hear when people are making a living from doing something they love.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m always a little astounded when I get paid for doing my ‘work’ 🙂

  13. bandsmoke says:

    Very grateful you’re a connoisseur of both the literary and culinary genre Cin 🙂 Double delish on all things meaty over the past few days!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a grand weekend, Wildie.

  14. thanks for this one! Between you and Tandy I am able to make tasty food, without needing to go back to my normal (and by now boring) stock.
    Unfortunately I cannot give you any advice regarding a tween …

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Diana 😀

  15. Tes says:

    My passions have always been food and writing… I’m suck at writing…i am happy that I am good at food :)haha

    1. theonlycin says:

      You tell lovely stories too, Tes.

  16. SuziCate says:

    Yes, we are allowed to have as many passions as we want! Yes, teenagers can be something else…and I think you should have her friends over, serve them bats and balls and tell them she named the dish so! You should see the Italian parsley in my garden…just gorgeous, another month and the bugs will be gnawing on it.

  17. theonlycin says:

    LOL, SuziCate, I think she’ll kill me ;p

  18. slpmartin says:

    Okay…I’m trying these tonight. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope they were good, Charlie!

  19. Those meatballs look sublime. I get inspired when I come here at lunch time. I decide I should serve something special. It may not be what you present that day, because ingredients may not be in my cupboards or fridge, but something special. Thank you for the inspiration. In fact, I am putting chicken livers on my shopping list. It’s been a long time since we have enjoyed them. Chicken livers were in a recent post, I believe. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      And a fabulous weekend to you and Mister Hoel, Carol 🙂

  20. linda says:

    About like a daschunds! so funny. I should really make some of those for my husband. Hamburger meat is really the only thing he likes. At least this would give him another option.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good luck, Linda 🙂

  21. souldipper says:

    Yum, bats and balls would be a time for me to come off my Alkaline food style. It pays to be an 90 percenter.

    Ouch, the pain of motherhood. I can hardly wait until she suddenly sees how much you’ve changed!! 😀 That generally happens after life delivers a swift blow to the youthful ego.

    1. souldipper says:

      P.S. I would have been tempted to say to that tyrant, “Well, that explains why you are not a lover.” Think I would have been fired? Hope so.

      1. theonlycin says:

        I also wish I’d said something like that at the time 😉

    2. theonlycin says:

      Hope I’m still around to witness her swift blow ;p

  22. nrhatch says:

    Love how you sized the balls ~ like a dachshund’s. 😀

    And, yup, more than one passion makes life even sweeter.

    1. theonlycin says:

      As always, you said it perfectly, Nancy 🙂

  23. valbrussell says:

    I love bats and balls, I love that you have spoken up for those of us who have multiple passions and I love that you are also suffering through the tumultuous territory of raising a teen!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ain’t it awful, Val?

  24. linda says:

    I just made some meatballs, they really don’t look like yours 🙂 Mine are very lopsided. I hate to think what they might taste like. That’s ok I’m not eating them.

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahahahaha, hope your husband enjoyed them!

  25. libraryscene says:’re very talented at both…someone I would love to loathe, but you’re too stinkin’ lovely, so I cannot… thinking of you as I’m sipping a red from you part of the world, cheers ~

  26. Cum on cin. Give me some hope

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ref the teen, Doc, sorry, can’t help ….

  27. did you keep the sizing devices somewhere for comparison?

    isn’t it amazing how happy really busy people can be when following their passions?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahaha … sizing devices were removed a long time ago 🙂

  28. adeeyoyo says:

    I must make meatballs again – years since I last did. I can’t believe it and I love them with mash or chips and peas. 8)

  29. bluebee says:

    I was feeling hungry until “dachshund” – he he

  30. Writer, cook – we women are no strangers to multi tasking., so no problem with multi faceted passions. Awesome meatballs girl, my fridge is lacking I can tell., have to get onto that one huh 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Doing another batch at the moment 🙂

  31. I loved that! Luckily my princess still thinks I am the cute, sweet and the source of everything that is clever and good!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy it, it changes all too soon.

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