Couraged by the very high reviews of L.P. Lovell’s Kill Me, I decided to read it too. I was way too curious to let a book, that caused so much good buzz on social media, to go unread. Well, I guess it was my time not to be part of the vast majority that loved the book.
But I don’t regret reading it because it inspired this wonderful Italian dish. I loved the depiction of Italian mafia in the book and that’s where I got the inspiration for this blogpost. I have always been a great fan of The Godfather saga and this dish was also made in the first movie. Perfect mob food!
2 tbs olive oil
2 white onions (medium size)
4 cloves of garlic
3 tsb brown sugar
4 tbs balsamic vinegar
3 cans of whole tomatoes (400 g each)
2,5 – 5 dl homemade chicken broth, recipe here
pinch of chili powder
500 g minced pork
500 g minced beef
100 g grated parmesan
1 tbs dried rosemary
1 tbs dried oregano
1 tbs dried thyme
1 tsp salt
ground black pepper
- Peel and chop the onions and garlics. Then take a deep, large pan and set it to medium heat. Pour in the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic and small bunch of fresh basil. When the onions have soften, add brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and the whole canned tomatoes. Let it simmer while you make the meatball batter.
- Take a bowl, add the minced pork and beef. Then add the thyme, rosemary and oregano, grated parmesan, salt and black pepper. Knead the batter so that the spices are thoroughly mixed, for about 5-10 minutes.
- Pour the content of the pan in a blender. Blend until smooth and pour the mixture back in the hot pan. Add the chicken broth, the amount depends on how thick of a sauce you like. Heat the sauce in medium heat so that it barely bubbles.
- Make meatballs from the batter and carefully drop them into the simmering sauce. Do not stirr as you don’t want to smash the meatballs. Cook until the meatballs are done, approx. 15-20 minutes. Do not overcook as the meatballs will then become chewy and dry. Serve with spaghetti and grated parmesan.
I didn’t know what to think when I finished this book. I loved the outline and the plot of the story. I loved the idea of a woman trained to be a killing machine, a stealthy assassin completely stripped of her humanity. So the set up in the book was really interesting.
The depiction of the mob world was also really, really good. And the action scenes in the book, how deviously everything was planned and executed. No problem there. Being a huge fan of The Godfather saga, I just love the honor and codes of the mafia in literature and movies and L.P. Lovell wrote that part very well.
But there was one huge problem for me. There is one thing that matters the most when I read a book and that is the characters. No matter how well the author writes, if I can’t find anything to grasp on characters, then that’s the end of that story for me. I mean, most of times I do finish the book, because I want to give the story a chance right until the last words. And I did finish Kill Me too, but it was a struggle.
Una and Nero – deadly weapon trained by bratva and mafia capo hungry for power. Two supposed strong characters; violence, sex, drama, secrets from the past accompanying them. And my reaction was… nothing. They were insignificant to me, I felt completely indifferent about their destinies. When I read, I want to feel. I want to get lost between the pages, drown myself in the words. With Kill Me, I was merely dipping my toes at the end of the pier. I hardly felt a breeze, whereas a great book hits you like a storm, sweeping you off your feet.