August 27 and 28: Saints Augustine and Monica North African Meatballs

“Gus, I wanted a family photo…Gus, are you sailing away?!”

2 geographical facts for you about this mother-son duo:

1. Everyone says “St. Augustine of Hippo”–but at your next trivia night, don’t let that fool you! Augustine was born in Thagaste, but he tried his hardest to convert the people in Hippo. Now you know.

2. Monica was such a devout that she followed Augustine all over, even when he went scampering off to Milan a time or two! Try as she might, her son did leave her on the shore crying one time!

2 tips for this recipe:

1. Thanks to Kendra Tierney, who shared this delicious recipe, we decided to have a heavier meal than just wine-soaked pears. 😉 I did make some alterations to it, but you can serve this kind of recipe to your liking–personally, I wanted burgers, but we didn’t have any buns in the house. The sky is the limit!

2. Serve with veggies or couscous; our couscous came out a little watery, but it was perfect for the feast! We have named it “Monica’s weeping couscous” and may keep it around for future feasts.


1 pound ground beef and/or lamb
1 medium onion, grated
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons coriander
Leaves from 4-5 mint sprigs, chopped
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garam masala


1. Turn skillet onto medium-high heat on stove.

2. In a large bowl and using your hands, combine all the ingredients together. Like with hamburgers, don’t over mix your ingredients.

3. Shape into meatballs.

4. Add a little bit of oil to skillet; cook meat until it has reached 160 degrees; this should take about 12-15 minutes, so flip meatballs occasionally for even brown sides.

Saints Augustine and Monica, pray for us!

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