Where’s the meat?
When the kids and I got free time, that is when we finished doing homework and household chores, we sit half an hour to read a bible-based book or a good whole hour to watch a film. Thanks to hubby we do not need to borrow or buy DVDs. He copied our most favorite movies and animes in one hard drive and set it up with the TV, a sort of entertainment system sans DVD player.

Movies we like

Where's the Meat? - Hancock

Aside from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, we also enjoy superhero movies. 🙂 Batman, X-men, Iron man, the Avengers and the chibi versions.  True, these films are on the violent side and in the past I’ve often expressed my dislike for watching movies and playing games of this genre. Maybe I’ve overcomed this animosity over the years…I just see to it that my kids knew that these movies shouldn’t be something to imitate. 🙂 Well, less the explosives and death-defying stunts all that’s left are harsh words and loud sound effects.

One of the films that I limit them to watch is Hancock (2008) with Will Smith playing the title role of John Hancock, a homeless superhero. I watch this often alone. Here’s a trailer where you’d see him holding a bottle of vodka as he flies, where he tosses a kid who calls him jackass…(sorry, that’s all I can get)…

Favorite in the Movie

Anyway, spaghetti with meatballs was often seen in the movie, that’s because the dish is Ray Embrey’s (Jason Bateman) favorite. He happened to be a public relations spokesperson that Hancock saved as he almost died, trapped in his car on a railroad track with an incoming freight train. This is where Hancock’s story of redemption began but along came Mary (Charlize Theron), Embrey’s wife…who was cold and distant to Hancock. She cooked those meatballs of course! I was surprised at the turnout of this film…perhaps it is the twist that others find messy that makes me watch this film…The approach was original and disparate from the usual heroic movies I’ve seen.

True, Will Smith has had his share of awesome movies and many think that this movie isn’t for him…well, no. The guy is one very good actor. (He follows Johnny Depp in our list of most loved Hollywood actors.) He did a great job portraying the useless hero whom the citizens see as a liability instead of a helper. And that is why the movie seems off. Casting one of the most charming movie stars to play a charmless, unloved lout is totally sardonic.Well, who would need much meat when Will Smith is in it? 😉 You can  have the bowl up there!

Meatball Recipe

Ingredients

8 oz. ground beef
8 oz. ground pork
1 egg
3/4-1 1/4 c milk
2 1/2 Tbsp onion, finely chopped
1/4 c fine breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
2 cold boiled potatoes
4-5 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp allspice


Directions:

In a skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter, heat until melted and browned, be careful not to burn. Add onion to skillet, saute until golden.

Mash potatoes. (I just boiled mine and sprinkled with salt….parsley would be a good addition.)

To the bread crumbs, add 2 Tbsp milk to moisten.

In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, egg. Add onion, mashed potatoes, and moistened breadcrumbs. Add spices (salt, pepper, allspice). Add remaining milk a little at a time; stop before the mixture gets gloppy. If the meat mixture gets too gooey to form nice, neat meatballs, add more breadcrumbs.

Use a pair of spoons rinsed in water and shape the meat mixture into small round balls.

In a large skillet, heat remaining butter over medium heat. Add meatballs to skillet, being careful not to crowd the pan. Shake periodically so that the meatballs don’t develop flat spots. Cook until meatballs are done through.

Cook spaghetti per package directions and top with sauce and meatballs.

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