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Pork and veal
rissoles in Sugo
600 gm minced veal
400 gm minced pork
50 gm finely grated parmesan
40 gm mild pancetta, finely chopped
1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp each coarsely chopped parsley and
2 tsp each coarsely chopped rosemary and
2 tbsp olive oil
700g bottle of Sugo di pomodoro
In a bowl combine ingredients (except
olive oil) mix well and roll into small balls.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan Add the
balls in batches and turn occasionally
until golden (4-6 minutes). Place the
meatballs into a casserole and pour over
the sauce, bake in a medium oven for
about half an hour or until the balls are
with Captain Chaos
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Recent heavy seas on the North Coast
has meant venturing offshore rather
hazardous and just launching from
the beach an adventure in itself.
Max asked me if I would help him
go out and test a tinny after he had just
finished fitting a new strip of aluminium
to the keel where the boat had cracked
after coming off the trailer.
“ What’s the weather like outside? ” I
asked looking up at the dark clouds that
were racing across the sky.
“A bit of a challenge. But knowing you
Chaos, you’ve never let a challenge beat
you,” Max said with a smile.
The next morning Max and I hooked
the trailer to the tractor and drove down
onto the beach.
“Hey Max look at all the seaweed! It
must be a metre deep.”
“ We’ll go a bit further along so we don’t
have to push the boat through that mess.”
We found a spot that seemed pretty
clear of weed, backed the trailer down and
slid the boat off.
“Bloody hell Max! The weed’s so thick
I can hardly move my feet,” I yelled trying
to push the boat out into deeper water.
A wave hit the boat and I went under
into the weed. I still had hold of the
gunwales and felt the boat starting to
move. My head came out of the water and
I felt I was being sucked in by the kelp that
was tangled around my legs.
“Get in the boat! This is no time to
muck around!” I would have liked to have
replied but every time I opened my mouth I
got a gob full. On the next wave I managed
to pull myself in and crash down into the
bilge. I noticed there seemed to be a lot
of water sloshing around under the seats.
“ We’re shipping water, Max. And it’s
not coming over the side!”
Max gunned the boat up the face of a
large wave before he could answer.
“Looks like the patch isn’t holding.
When we get out past the break I’ll take a
look,” Max said ... and then with a smile
on this face he added, “ You used to be a
bailing boy on the 18-footers when you
were nine, here’s your chance to see if
you’ve still got what it takes. So, bail you
little bastard, bail!”
I grabbed the bucket that was floating
around in the bottom of the boat and
started to bail. But the water was coming
in faster than I could handle.
“I think now might be a good time to
head back. I’ll swing around and catch a
wave in. Hang on!”
Suddenly the boat was sliding down
the face ... but something was wrong. The
bow was filling up with the water from the
bottom of the boat, taking the bow down
under the weed. In a few seconds the boat
filled up with weed and water; and the wave
pushed us further under.
“I think it’s time to abandon ship,”
I yelled to Max while groping through
tendrils of seaweed.
“ Wait Chaos! We’ll be touching bottom
soon. Stay on board.”
He was right. No sooner had he said
that than the keel hit the sand. I found
myself standing up to my waist in tangled
weed. We both jumped out and with some
difficulty waded ashore. Luckily there was
a strong rope on the tractor but it still took
a lot of pulling to get the boat up out of
the water. Plus it took forever to get the
weed out and when we had, we found the
patch had peeled away.
“I ’m cold and wet. It’s time for an OP
and some tucker ... meatballs in tomato
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