Greek style meatballs with Pelargonium citronellum, spearmint & graviera cheese

These pungent & flavoursome meatballs filled with spearmint, pelargonium citronellum leaves and nutmeg make a delightful meal especially when added to tomato sauce and spaghetti.  The sweet spicy taste of peppermint, delicate lemony flavour of pelargonium citronellum scented leaves and the nutmeg, garlic & onions creates a tasty nourishing meal that enlivens the taste buds.

Ingredients
Half a kilo (17 oz) of minced meat
100g fine bread crumbs
2 grated onions
7-8 leaves of pelargonium citronellum, finely chopped
2 tsp crushed garlic cloves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 ½  tablespoons of fresh or dried Spearmint, finely chopped
50g of grated Graviera cheese or Swiss Grugere
A sprinkle of wine vinegar
2 table spoons olive oil
1 egg
A large Mixing bowl, refrigerate for about 2 hours

To prepare
First fry the onions and garlic for a few minutes or until softened then remove from heat & leave to cool.  In a prepared mixing bowl add the bread crumbs, spearmint, pelargonium leaves, nutmeg, vinegar, olive oil and then the fried onions and garlic and mix together.
Add the mincemeat and blend the ingredients together with your hands, add the egg and continue to mix, making sure all the mixture is blended well.
Make small meatballs by rolling a tiny portion on the palm of your hand or on a chopping board in a circular motion, then place them in  a container or wrapped in foil and place them in the refrigerator for about two hours
You can either dip them in egg and toasted breadcrumbs or in flour before frying in oil for about 15-20 minutes or until it has cooked all the way through.
Add them to Tomato sauce preferably containing mushrooms, garlic, onions, chicken stock, a little paprika and spaghetti.

Nature ways to improve the immune system

At this difficult time all our lives will be affected by the covid-19, so it is important to support one another.

We hope all are well and keeping safe as much as possible.

Here are a few natural ways to improve your immune system

Adding fresh thyme and rosemary to your food if possible (or dried from a supermarket ) with half a clove of garlic chopped into small pieces and added to food while cooking such as chicken, eggs omelette, fish ,soya mince or other meat and vegetables etc.

 

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Olive oil uncooked (preferably virgin olive oil) added to food after cooking can also help.

Rosemary is great for strengthening the immune system and also for respiratory problems such as sinus infections and the common cold & flu.

You can add a sprig or  a half chopped into small pieces or dried with garlic while cooking, it can also be added to soup and tea.

It is also a disinfectant, anti inflammatory, anti oxidant with vitamins c and A, copper, zinc, phosphorus, iron and also improves digestion.

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Thyme also helps improve the immune system, the lymphatic system and against respiratory infections. It is full of iron, calcium, vitamins A, B6, C, E, K and magnesium. Thyme also has antiseptic, anti inflammatory, anti spasmodic, anti fungal and antibacterial properties and improves memory, depression and sleep. A few  sprigs pushing the leaves off downwards or dried.

 

Garlic has antibiotic properties and can help against infection and cardiovascular disorders also reducing the risk of chest problems, digestive and fungal infection.

Half a clove of garlic cut into small pieces and added to food while cooking.

Please note that too much garlic can irritate the stomach.

 

Lemon may also help the immune system as it is full if vitamin c as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and is also good for the  heart and digestion. Add Hot water to a cup or mug with a squeeze of half a lemon and honey.

 

Hope this helps