This post is pictureless as the flatbread doesn’t last long around here and the meatballs we had last night weren’t worth recording. The meat balls were from this Hairy Bikers recipe but I had no parsley so tried to get clever with substitutes and used oregano instead. Only oregano is way stronger tasting than parsley and I didn’t adjust the quantities. The kids did eat some of them and I had the left overs for lunch so not inedible but still not good.
What did turn out well, as it has every time I made it the last few weeks, was the flatbread I made to go with the meatballs. It is very simple to make and really is quick – I make the dough up first and then it proves while I make whatever else we are eating. I think of these as cheat chapatis – proper chapatis are made with whole wheat flour but these definitely fill the same whole in the meal. They are from Casa Moro, where they say that making these is easier than nipping around to the shop for pitta bread. This amount makes enough for our family of 2 adults and 2 small kids but I suspect in a couple of years I will have to double the quantities.
100ml warm water
1/4 teaspoon dried yeast
130g strong white flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Add the yeast and salt to the flour, add the water and oil and mix in the bowl with your hand. This makes a very wet dough, so I keep it in the bowl while I knead all the liquid in. Leave it while you make the rest of your meal, then take the dough out of the bowl onto a very well floured surface. Cut it into 4 equal pieces and roll them into circles using a fair amount of flour to keep it from sticking. The trick to making them circles is to move it by a third each roll apparently but I tend to put up with them being weird shaped instead. Roll the dough out until it is approx the same size as your pan. You want the pan to be good and hot. You don’t use any fat. Support the dough when you put it in the pan and leave until it starts to bubble. Flip it over and cook the other side until it has brown spots. Cover with a tea towel until they are all cooked. Eat while hot and try to get your kids to eat something other than chutney with them.