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Köttbular/ Swedish Meatballs

By on March 12, 2011

Ikea’s famous meatballs. Got the recipe somewhere, I will have to look up to link properly.

Ingredients:

8 oz. ground beef
8 oz. ground pork
1 egg
3/4-1 1/4 c milk
2 1/2 Tbsp onion, finely chopped
1/4 c fine breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
2 cold boiled potatoes
4-5 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp allspice


Directions:

In a skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter, heat until melted and browned, be careful not to burn. Add onion to skillet, saute until golden.

Mash potatoes. (I just boiled mine and sprinkled with salt….parsley would be a good addition.)

To the bread crumbs, add 2 Tbsp milk to moisten.
In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, egg. Add onion, mashed potatoes, and moistened breadcrumbs. Add spices (salt, pepper, allspice). Add remaining milk a little at a time; stop before the mixture gets gloppy. If the meat mixture gets too gooey to form nice, neat meatballs, add more breadcrumbs.

Use a pair of spoons rinsed in water and shape the meat mixture into small round balls.

In a large skillet, heat remaining butter over medium heat. Add meatballs to skillet, being careful not to crowd the pan. Shake periodically so that the meatballs don’t develop flat spots. Cook until meatballs are done through.

Serve with Cream Sauce for Meatballs or gravy and a dollop of lingonberry jam.

Enjoy!

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Search Engine Optimization

By on November 25, 2010

There’s been much debate on this, and I see lots of bloggers changing their layouts optimizing it for search engines. This little online kitchen I have is no exception. If you have noticed I had changed layouts more than 5 times this year. I wanted a simple, clean layout that is easy to navigate. Unfortunately, the webdesigner husband doesn’t approve of this.

He promised me one time that he’d fix everything but being the busy bee that he is, he can’t sit on this job to make a decent layout. He did gave me a tip: black background with white fonts is easier to read. His programmer friend seemed to disagree though; “white background, black fonts!” was the strict answer. Knowing that this friend of his optimizes his own website for search engines, I get tempted to follow what he said.

Aesthetic or Traffic? Well, why not both? *sigh* I noticed that the page loads slower but I’m anyway sticking to this layout for now…unless I see another one that interests me more. I haven’t done much to promote this blog or optimize it for search engines but  there are free web directories and paid listing that I registered this little blog. Sometimes, I toy with the idea of acquiring services from seo dallas, they offer those services too and a lot more!

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The car cake (again)

By on October 17, 2010

Hubby was nagging my older brother to get even a cheap auto insurance for his car last time we were home. I bet it’s because he knows how much repair the car needs. He’s been telling me that it really needs tuning up. If only cars are baked like how they did in this video then it would be much easier. lol. I’ve posted this video 2 years ago but still find it amazing until now. I bet this tasted good too (they were kind enough to include a list of ingredients). Yes, 5 kilos of cocoa powder! 😀

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Mahlzeit

By on January 26, 2010

Mahlzeit is a German salutation, which is used during lunchtime. It descended from a more formal salutation and is the short form of “Gesegnete Mahlzeit” (archaic term, de: blessed meal). Mahl is the German word for meal. Mahlzeit is the German word for meal time.

The salutation is uncommonly used without connection to food or eating. In most German regions and in Austria it still has its old meaning and is only used in connection with meals. (per wiki)

This blog is a collection of recipes I found and cooked at home. The recipes may or may not be attributed. Thank you though for all the kind chefs and homemakers around for sharing their secrets, and so with this, I share them too.

Welcome to my foodblog, Mahlzeit!

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