My ex Laura’s Grand Parents are first generation Italian American. When we emigrated from South Africa we literally had zero dollars and they took us in.
So my first jet lagged impressions of the USA was this busy Italian American “how you doin'” household.
We were well fed :).
Laura’s Grand Pa was a gentle soul, great cook and all around lovely guy. One of the interesting things I learned about meatballs from Grand Pa Mandese was to have a bowl of hot water to dip your hands into while you’re working the meatball mix. If you try this you’ll notice that the fat in the meat changes texture and believe me after you cook the meatballs you’ll notice a better texture in the ball.
This is where the Roti recipe comes from:
Roti, Chapati (Flat Indian Bread) Recipe by Manjula
In South Africa everyone loves Pies. In fact the first fast food franchise I can remember is called King Pie. They made a great Spinach & Cheese pie. The Steak & Kidney and Mutton Curry pies are awesome too!
Well alas I now live in america where pies are hard to come by but everyone loves Pizza, especially my very Americanized son Sage. So here I combine something I love Pies with Something he loves Pizza.
And the result? Well Sage tells me it the best Pizza he has ever had! There is no better food complement and no better food critic in my life.