Tim: You made the spicy hot ones, right?
Maureen: Ha ha ha.
Nicholas (9): NOOOOOOOO! You know how I feel about spicy food.
Tim: Ha ha. I’m just trolling you.
Nicholas: I do taste some spice in these.
Maureen: I don’t know why. There’s no hot spices in there. (Editor’s Note: This is a TOTAL LIE. There is a pinch of chilli flakes and a fair amount of black pepper. Those parents in the audience, however, will understand why I did not divulge this to my spice-averse children.)
Andrew (13): I think the meatballs and the tomato sauce are very nice.
Maureen: This tomato sauce is delicious. You need to do some forward planning with it though, since it takes at least an hour and a half to make. Today it cooked for a little longer than that, which probably made it even better. I like how you use a combination of fresh tomatoes and canned tomatoes, it gives it a much more interesting taste.
Tim: Was it complicated to make?
Maureen: Not at all. It just takes a lot of time. I think the meatballs are also great. They call themm polpette, but I can’t help myself. They are meatballs to me. I think I have found my go-to meatball recipe.
Tim: This meal is a triumph!
Maureen: I agree. This is absolutely full of yum. Would you like me to make it again?