Monday, 6 July 2015

One for the Commonplace Book


Sketches of a Black and White Rabbit by Maruyama Okyo


Today's art post is for all bunny lovers out there.  I love this drawing and was amazed to find out that it was done by the artist in the late 1700's!  It has a modern feel to me.  The artist was Japanese and apparently he fused Western and Eastern art techniques and styles.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

A reassuring thought


Swedish Meatballs


Carole's Chatter: Swedish Meatballs


I had Swedish Meatballs at Ikea once.  So I decided to try to make my own. And they turned out well – although different.

The ingredients:

500g minced pork
1 egg
2 tablesp of finely chopped onion
½ cup breadcrumbs
2 cold boiled potatoes
Salt, white pepper and allspice (I used mace because I didn't have any allspice)

I cooked the onion until it was soft.  Then while it was cooling, I popped the potatoes into a bowl and mashed them, added the egg and the moistened breadcrumbs and the meat.  Then the seasoning.  And then the onions. 

After mixing it up with my trusty wooden spoon I formed it into smallish roundish balls by rolling them on a floured board.  I managed to get the sizes relatively even by using an ice cream scoop and then dividing that amount in 2 by eye.

Fry the meatballs gently in butter – with a touch of oil as well to stop the butter burning.

I kept the meatballs warm in a low oven (which also meant I could be sure they were properly cooked through).

I didn't serve them with the Ikea style gravy but with an artisanal spicy tomato and smoked chipotle sauce that we had.

I liked the texture of these meatballs and will be adding potato to my meatballs in future. It lightened them up quite a bit