This is the kind of nice dinner that happens when the staff meeting is cancelled! It was much more delicious than the photo suggests.
Skoosh up an onion, a clove of garlic, and a teaspoonful each of sea salt, ground coriander, ground cumin and dried mint in the mini-processor.
Mix into 500g lamb mince with your hands. Form into small balls, brown in olive oil and set aside.
The Tomato Sauce
Finely chop 2 onions and 2 cloves of garlic. Fry gently in olive oil until soft, then add two tins of chopped tomatoes, half a tin of water and half a cinnamon stick.
Bring to the boil, add the meatballs, reduce the heat to a simmer and pop a lid on. They will be ready in 30 – 40 minutes, so plenty of time to make the side dish and cook some rice.
The Side Dish
Cut two peppers into thick slices, halve five tomatoes and pop into a baking tray with a glug of olive oil, a sliced onion and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Cook in a high oven for 25 minutes.
Drain a tin of chickpeas and wash a few handfuls of spinach ready to stir into the peppers at the end. Grate a little lemon rind over the top at the end.
Serve with rice, yoghurt and coriander or basil.