Baked Tuna Meatballs

Happy weekend all! Here’s the Saturday recipe of the day – Baked Tuna Meatballs – yes, baked not fried, but still juicy, amazingly delicious and super simple to make!

Baked Tuna Meatballs

OK, so this was the first time I made meatballs from tinned tuna. I saw a few photos of tuna meatballs on the web and I thought that they looked quite delicious. So, I got all my ingredients and started cooking.

I chose to bake these simply because I’m not really keen in frying. Don’t get me wrong I love fried food too, it’s just the process I dislike. 🙂 I honestly fry food very rarely and almost every time regret it. 🙂 So I try to find alternatives(meaning cooking in the oven). 🙂

Baked Tuna Meatballs

But as I mentioned, the meatballs were so succulent and juicy, you’d probably thought they were fried. Well, I guess that’s because of the tinned tuna and also I didn’t completely drain it, I saved just a tiny bit from the sunflower oil. Yes, probably that kept the meatballs moist and so appetizing.

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Here’s how to make the Baked Tuna Meatballs.

Baked Tuna Meatballs
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 3 tins of tuna in sunflower oil, drained, with a bit of sunflower oil left
  • 2tbsp breadcrumbs
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • fresh parsley, chipped
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the tuna, egg, onion, garlic and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and parsley, mix and make small meatballs.
  4. In a greased baking tray arrange the tuna meatballs and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.

 

Baked Tuna Meatballs

I served the meatballs with quinoa with peas and corn. My kids really enjoy quinoa and have it quite often. I often add some veggies inside like carrots, peas, small broccoli, etc..

The tuna meatballs work well with lots of stuff, like you can have them with veggies, rice, pasta, whatever you fancy really. Or simply by themselves, with some kind of sauce probably.

Baked Tuna Meatballs

I think they would taste amazing in a creamy tomato sauce with some pasta so next time I might actually make this.

Oh, and they also make a great party food/canapes. Make them even smaller, prick them with cocktails stick and serve them to your guests. I’m pretty sure they would love them. 🙂

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Did I say that the kids love them too? It’s really one of the few things they genuinely like and I was so surprised they actually licked their plates and asked for more.:-) That was a huge success. So looks like from now on I’ll be making these quite often. And another plus is, you probably got all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard/fridge. I mean, I always stock up on tinned tuna. It’s great for quick and easy meals and I use it a lot – in sandwiches, pasta, wraps, salads and whatnot.

Tip: Why not try adding a splash of hot sauce in the tuna mixture for some extra heat. 🙂

10 Simple & Healthy Salad Recipes

Happy Friday Guys! So today’s post is a round-up of the 10 Simple & Healthy Salad Recipes I love.

To be honest, they’re much more than that, but these are the ones I picked for you.

I do make and consume lots of salads so for me it’s important to make them different and tasty every time. I often add fruit, cheese, seafood, meat and seeds. And some of them get so filling that they can easily pass as a main. 🙂 I’ve got some really skinny ones but most of them are packed with goodies.

Here we go…

MeatlessMonday: Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

So this beauty is made of black quinoa, roasted pumpkin and creamy tahini dressing. Oh, there’s a handful of sunflower seeds for that extra crunch. It’s perfect for the cold days, especially during the pumpkin season. 🙂 It’s super filling and amazingly tasty. Definitely one of my fav!

Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad

Meatless Monday: Raspberry Rocket Salad with Cottage Cheese & Avocado

This one is a typical salad I eat during a hot summer day. It’s very light and refreshing but at the same time it’s very nutritious. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals so it’s really good for you. And of course, it tastes delicious! The combination of cottage cheese and fresh ripe raspberries is divine. 🙂

Raspberry & Cottage Cheese Salad

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Well, let me see, this one is a bit on the naughty side, but I every bite of it is pure happiness. 🙂 It’s more of a taco bowl/salad, inspired by my love of Tex/Mex food. What’s not to love about it – succulent shrimp, ripe avocado, crunchy tortilla chips, pinto beans, Mozzarella cheese and a generous serving of sour cream – all in one comforting bowl. 🙂

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Kale, Blueberries & Blue Cheese Grilled Chicken Salad

I’ve been having lots of kale salads recently(recent years I think) so I really tried to mix things ups and make them tasty and pretty. 🙂 This is definitely the one I like most from the kale variety. The blueberries and blue cheese work so well together and the grilled chicken add some extra deliciousness. It’s all taste crunchy, juicy and fresh. 🙂

Kale, Blueberry & Grilled Chicken Salad

Leftover Beef & Pear Rocket Salad

This one I actually made from leftovers. I used some lean beef, ripe pears, rocket and raisins. It turned out the combination was really satisfying and quite filling. You can easily use it as a main dish, plus you get your five a day. 🙂

Beef & Pear Salad

MeatlessMonday: Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

Simple, but very refreshing salad, ready in just a few minutes. The orange got this salad to a whole different level. 🙂

Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

MeatlessMonday: Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice salad with Radishes

Next one – earthy and nutty flavour and packed with goodness. This grain salad will keep you full for a long, long time and will give you the energy you need for the busy day ahead.

Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice Salad with Radishes

Grilled Halloumi & Sweet Baby Peppers Quinoa Salad with Raisins

Grilled Halloumi Cheese? Yes, please. Grilled Baby Peppers & Rocket to go with it? Perfect. It’s more of a cheese with salad this one, but as I love Halloumi it’s perfect for me. Well, may be a few pieces less next time. 🙂

Grilled Halloumi & Baby Peppers Salad

MeatlessMonday: Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

For all of you who are on a raw vegan diet, this is delicious, absolutely lovely salad to make in the summer days, either to accompany your mains or as a side. You might’ve noticed, I do like radishes. 🙂

Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

Pomegranate & Feta Cheese Quinoa Salad

I remember I made this pomegranates during the festive period last year and they got really popular amongst my friends and family. Not only they look pretty but they’re also very yummy, with my favourite feta cheese and quinoa – simple but tasty.

Stuffed Pomegranate with Quinoa & Feta Cheese Salad

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich!

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

Let me tell you, these sandwiches are absolutely amazing, not really on the healthy side, but definitely worth every single bite. They’re in my top 10 comfort food list. I just love sandwiches like these – loaded with lots of cheese, fresh and crunchy salad, shrimp and tasty goose!

I would’ve probably used the goose only but then I found some shrimp hidden in my fridge and really felt like having shrimp. So I decided to combine goose and shrimp in this succulent sandwich. What a great idea it was! 🙂 I buttered the bread and made it nice and crunchy. All the ingredients though are quite filling so a half of these was more than enough for me. Well, I saved my other half for the next day. 🙂 And of course I ate these beauties with lots of hot sauce. For some reason, I always use hot sauce on shrimp and meat. It jus goes perfect – spicy and simply delicious!

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

I rarely make roasted goose but it’s definitely one of my favourite food to roast. 🙂 I mean, it’s so juicy and scrumptious and just irresistible. I used lots and lots of spices and some clementines that I used to stuff it and it turned so aromatic and bursting with flavour. The meat is soft and quite fatty, but that makes it super yummy. Oh, and a quick tip – save the goose fat! It makes wonders when added in your recipes. Try some roast pots with goose fat and you’ll know what I mean.

My point was, I actually used leftovers from the goose I had made. I also use these in pasta, wraps and salads. Goose is absolutely lovely! 🙂

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

Well, after that feast, you’ll probably need a good workout but it is all worth it! And I’d like to think this way – I’m actually burning calories while cooking so a delicious meal is well deserved. 🙂 Especially after a long and exhausting week! So why not make these like your perfect weekend treat! We all deserve it. 🙂 After all, you need some energy for the busy week ahead. 🙂

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

Here’s how to make the Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwiches.

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 150g shrimp, cooked
  • 100g goose, cooked and shredded
  • 150g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Mild Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 bread slices
  • fresh salad leaves
  • 2tbsp garlic sauce/mayo
  • 1tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. In a heated pan with butter, place the bread slices and cook for a minute or two on each side until golden and crispy.
  2. Add a bit of garlic sauce or mayo on each slice and then add the shredded goose and shrimp, dividing it equally between the two slices of the slices. Add the grated cheese and place in the oven or microwave to melt the cheese(I used the microwave and it worked fine).
  3. Arrange some salad leaves on top and close the sandwich with another slice of bread. Cut in half and serve with some hot sauce.!

 

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

 

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Happy Monday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole, ready in 30 minutes, more or less, very filling and nutritious. This is the ultimate comfort dish for me and the fact that is so easy to prepare makes it perfect, especially on a gloomy and rainy day like today. Seriously, you can mix this goodness up in minutes. Oh, I forgot to mention, there are some chopped pancetta pieces hidden for extra flavour. What could be more comforting and tasty than succulent shrimp and pancetta in aromatic bowl with nutty red quinoa and a mix of vegetables. 🙂 Serve it on its own or with some delicious bread to dip in.

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

It may look like one of those slow cooked dishes that take a long long time to cook but this one is really quick to make. And it’s so heart-warming! I had it with lots of spicy sauce and it was just divine. It’s actually a lot like shrimp gumbo soup. I added red quinoa which went really well with the shrimp. Of course, you can use just regular quinoa. I only had red in my kitchen cupboard but to be honest I somehow prefer it to the regular. There is just a slight taste difference. The red one tastes nuttier and has hot more flavour, I think. But mixed with all the vegetables, shrimp and pancetta it all was bursting with flavour.

Here’s what you need for the Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole.

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole
 
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Serves: 35
Ingredients
  • 200g shrimp
  • 100g Pancetta, chopped
  • 150g red quinoa
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • sour cream to serve
  • fresh coriander to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan with the olive oil and sweat the vegetables for a few minutes. Throw in the Pancetta pieces too. Add some water to cover them and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the shrimp and quinoa. Season the casserole with the spices and leave on the hob for another 15 minutes. Add more water, if necessary.
  3. Remove from the hop and serve with some fresh coriander and some sour cream.

 

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

One of the most important part in this dish are the spices. I used paprika and Garam Masala. I really love the last one, it definitely makes such a different in flavor and make your taste buds warm and happy. 🙂 If you can’t find it in your local shop, you can simply mix it up. It’s a combination of cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. It adds a heat to your dishes that is so necessary in the winter days. 🙂

Shrimp & Red Quinoa CasseroleTip: If you can handle the heat, I suggest, serve this lovely dish with some peppery hot sauce. I didn’t add any in the casserole because of the kids but I had lots of it in my own bowl. Finish it of with a bit of sour cream and fresh coriander leaves, if wished. 

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Happy Friday guys! Today’s recipe is Loaded Shrimp Salad. There is avocado, beans, tortilla chips, sour cream, Mozzarella cheese and leave salad underneath. It’s quite overloaded actually, isn’t it! 🙂 And I’m not sure it’s actually a salad, it’s more like a proper meal, but as long as there are leaves inside, I think I can call it salad.

Loaded Shrimp Salad

This Loaded Shrimp Salad is quite like a burrito in a bowl, I’d say, without the rice. Anyway, it’s definitely Mexican inspired and if you like shrimp burritos, tacos or salads, you’ll love this too. I had mine with a generous serving of my hot sauce and I can tell you, I was really full after a portion of this goodness. I cooked the shrimps with a bit of paprika and nothing else, that’s how my little one loves them. Otherwise, I’d probably add garlic, coriander and lime. But because she doesn’t like anything green, I made them simple. I used the beans from a bean soup I had made earlier this week so that was really handy. The only ingredient that needed cooking were the shrimps. And you know they only need no more than a few minutes.

The Loaded Shrimp Salad is great to have when having friends over. You can use it as a starter, a side or even a main. Or why not make a Mexican themed night? Prepare the salad, mix up some Margaritas and voila! That would be lovely, wouldn’t it! It seems like I’m the one needing one of these Mexican night and drinks. 🙂 After all, it’s Friday or Friyay! 🙂

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a whole week. Literally, I’ve been trying to post it since Monday. But as you know, life gets in the way sometimes. And I got two sick kids stuck with me for four days. Poor babies. 🙂 Finally, they are feeling much better and we are all back to our normal routine. And thanks to that I am able to post this recipe while they’re napping. Pheww! 🙂 I never thought I could be so organised but having children changes you a lot I guess. Well, I believe in a good way, a really good way actually.

Anyway, this is what you need for this scrumptious Loaded Shrimp Salad.

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

  • 400g shrimp
  • 300g tinned pinto beans or leftover beans
  • 200g Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 150g tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 a cup sour cream
  • 150g mixed leave salad
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp olive oil

 

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Preparation:

  1. Heat a pan with the olive oil and gently cook the shrimp(seasoned with the paprika) for about 5 minutes.
  2. Start building the salad – layer a salad bowl with the mixed leaves. Then add the beans on one side, tortilla chips, shrimp, sliced avocado and the sour cream in the middle.
  3. Serve with your favourite hot sauce!

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some fresh salsa, such as Pico de Gallo! That would be even tastier! Simply chop some tomatoes, onion & coriander and season to taste with salt, pepper and some lime juice.

 

Loaded Tuna Salad Boats with Mozzarella & Parmesan Cheese

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Happy Friday guys!

I’ve got a tasty Friday/weekend recipe for you today that does not require much time and skills, only a few ingredients – Tuna Salad Boat loaded with lots of Mozzarella & Parmesan Cheese.
I can assure you this is absolutely delicious and you just can’t go wrong with it. The tuna is mixed with crunchy celery, red onions and cherry tomatoes, oh and a tiny bit of homemade mayo. Then everything is arranged on a pita bread and topped with lots of cheese. So it’s kind of like a pita bread pizza. It’s simple as that – the perfect Friday night meal!

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:
  • 2 tuna cans, drained
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 6-7 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1tbsp mayo
  • 150g/5oz Mozzarella, grated
  • 150g/5 oz Parmesan, grated
  • 2-3 Pita breads
  • salt and pepper

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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/394°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the tuna salad, apart from the cheese.
  3. Arrange the salad on the pita breads, sprinkle the cheese and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Enjoy!

Tip: I love these with some Cholula hot sauce(lots of it actually)!

Sun-Dried Tomatoes & King Prawn Flavour Tails Pasta

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Happy Friday everyone!

The weekend is almost here and we can relax and enjoy the sun! 
Apparently it’s going to be really sunny and hot here in London so I intend to soak up every sunlight!

And to celebrate the weekend, I’m sharing simple but tasty recipe – Penne Pasta with Sun-dried tomatoes & King Prawn Flavour Tails.
I literally made this using the ingredients from my kitchen cupboard. 
The recipe is just delicious, on its own or may be as a side dish for your BBQ, it tastes really good!

Oh, btw, don’t be confused with the King Prawn Flavour Tails (as I was). These are not real prawns, they’re made of white fish protein and starch, kind of like the seafood sticks. Even though they’re not real, I like them, they just look really scrumptious!

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:
  • 250g/8oz Penne,cooked
  • 200g/7oz King Prawn Flavour Tails
  • around 10 Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • a fresh bunch of basil, chopped
  • grated Parmesan cheese for serving
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
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Preparation:
  1. Heat a pan with olive oil and gently sweat the garlic for a few minutes.
  2. Add the King Prawn Flavour Tails and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and cook for about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine with the cooked pasta, add the chopped basil and some Parmesan cheese when serving.
Enjoy!

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Tip: This pasta recipe tastes delicious with some chilli flakes thrown inside!

Simple Pumpkin & Shrimp Soup

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Do you guys, like me, love pumpkin soup? What about shrimp?
And what about combining both of them together? 
I assure you, the combination tastes amazing!

As you can see, this is not just a regular pumpkin soup – it is pumpkin and shrimp soup.
The recipe is not much different than the regular pumpkin soup, I just added some shrimp and chives on top. But this is what made the soup different –  this is kind of an upgraded version!

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:
  • 1 medium pumpkin, roughly cut in pieces
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, cut in halves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • double cream for drizzling
  • 150g/5oz shrimp, cooked
  • grated cheese, if wished 
  • salt
  • chives for serving
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Preparation:
  1. Place the veggies in a pot with salted water (as much as to cover the veggies) and bring to the boil. Cook for about 30 minutes or until they are nice and soft so you can blend them.
  2. Put the pot aside and let the veggies cool down for a while.
  3. Work them with a hand blender. If the mixture is too thick add some hot water while the soup is still hot.
  4. To serve – drizzle some cream, fold in the cheese(as much as you like), garnish with the shrimp and chopped chives.
Enjoy!
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Tip: here is a vegetarian version of this yummy soup!

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Spicy Shrimp, Avocado & Beans Crunchy Taco Style Fix

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Happy October/Pumpkin month guys!
This is one of my favourite months, everything is so colourful and there are pumpkins everywhere!
That said, I’ll be testing and sharing some new yummy pumpkin recipes with you so stay tuned!
Also, do leave a comment below with your favourite pumpkin recipe or a pumpkin recipe you want me to make!
Today’s recipe is super quick and simple. I had some crunchy taco shells and shrimp so I decided to create this. I made some bean salad to accompany them and mashed avocado with lemon. Don’t blame me, I know I should have used lime but I only had lemon in the fridge. And this recipe was created by using whatever was left in there!
It’s needless to say it was all gone really quickly. My little one loves the crunchy tortillas so she was munching on them. Me on the other side, loved the combination of everything in a shell!

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 7-8 hard shell tacos
  • 2 ripe avocados, mashed
  • 200g/7 oz shrimp
  • 200g/7oz white beans, cooked
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 150g/5oz shredded cheese
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp jerk or other spicy seasoning
  • salt
  • sour cream, if wished
  • some fresh parsley, coriander (I only had parsley so I chopped it up and added to the tacos)
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Preparation:
  1. Heat  a pan with the olive oil and add the shrimp, season with salt and spicy seasoning and gently sweat them for about 10 minutes. Remove from the hob. 
  2. Season the avocado with salt and some freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste.
  3. For the bean salad – add the chopped red onion, a bit of fresh parsley and season to taste.
  4. To serve the tacos – simply place all the ingredients in separate bowls so everyone can build their own taco! Kids absolutely love this!
Enjoy!
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Tip: Feel free to improvise and use ingredients you and your family like! Throw some salad here and there or why not add some chopped jalapenos (if you can handle it)!
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Kale & Jerk Shrimp Leftover Wraps

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Today’s recipe of the day – Jerk Shrimp & Kale wraps!

These were sooo good that I’ll have to make them again soon! And what might surprise you, they’re made from leftovers! Yes, that’s right – delicious leftover wraps! 
So, in that sense, instead of throwing away food, be creative and make another meal – bake it or wrap it, just add a few more ingredients and I guarantee it will taste amazing! 
Did I mention that I hate hate hate throwing away food!

Anyway, here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 200g/7 oz jerk shrimp, cooked ( shrimp, cooked with jerk seasoning)
  • 2 tortilla wraps (I prefer corn ones)
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 200g/7oz rice, cooked(I had turmeric rice leftovers which I used, but any rice is fine)
  • 5-6tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime
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Preparation:
  1. Start arranging the ingredients on the wraps. If you’d like, warm up the wraps first.
  2. Add the rice, then the shrimp on top. Throw in a few slices of avocado and top it off with a spoon or two of Greek yogurt.
  3. Cut the lime in halves and add a bit of lime juice. Close the wrap.
Enjoy!
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Tip: Make sure you don’t overfill the wrap, otherwise you won’t be able to close it.

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