Rolling in the deep…

I had two packets of the IKEA meatball sauce…

IKEA meatball sauce
*Archive photo*

…left in the house and when I checked, one had expired in January and upon pressing, it seemed that the powder had gone hard inside so I had no choice but to throw it away. The other one had also expired at the end of May but I decided to just use it anyway and yes, it turned out all right in the end…

Meatball sauce

Of course, that meant that I would need to cook some meatballs so we could enjoy them together with the sauce.

I chopped one Bombay onion and added some bread crumbs plus a sprinkling of mixed herbs and freshly-ground pepper…

Onion, bread crumbs, herbs and pepper

…before mixing that with the minced beef and some chopped spring onions…

Beef and spring onions

…from my garden.

I mixed everything together thoroughly and then I added half an egg, beaten, to act as a binding agent. Having done that, I rolled the mixture into balls…

Ready to fry

…and deep-fried them, making sure that the oil was very hot before I put them in and keeping track of the fire, alternating between high and medium to make sure that it would not be too hot while I kept rolling the balls around to brown them nicely on all sides. Then I fished them out and let them stand on some kitchen towel to drain away any excess oil.

I also cooked some mashed potatoes and using the ice cream scoop, I shaped them nicely…

Mashed potatoes

…and put them in the oven so as to have a nice golden tinted top like this…

Mashed potatoes done

My girl and the mum were out that day and she texted me to let me know that they would not be back for lunch. Oh well, I guessed I could just have a bit myself and save all the rest for all of us for dinner…and I was already very hungry by then. That was why I did not wait for the mashed potatoes to be ready and just had two scoops like this…

Mashed potatoes, two scoops

…together with the meatballs…

Three meatballs

…plus the gravy and tomato slices by the side. I must have been very hungry by then so my hands were kind of shaky and all the photographs that I took did not come out well except for these few…

Lunch is served

…that are actually quite blurry, not all that sharp. Tsk! Tsk!

Yes, we had all the rest for dinner and yes, my girl enjoyed it very very much…so needless to say, I was very pleased with myself. Hehehehehe!!!!

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

18 thoughts on “Rolling in the deep…”

  1. Well done! For cooking another delicious Western meal for Melissa! A lot of work to make the meatballs, especially monitoring the frying part.

    I like Adele singing this song.

    I like Adele, but no more new releases for so long now.

    It was easy now that we can buy minced beef, no need to chop one’s own. Deep frying was easy – I have an 18-inch non-stick pan so I could do all at one go, just keep rolling…and moving them around (the fire is stronger in the middle) and control the fire. Did not take long at all.

  2. home-made mashed potatoes! look at how creamy they are … made from real potatoes! πŸ˜€

    Anytime nicer than the ones from the boxes – I know many hotels and restaurants use those, not nice…too fine and little potato taste/fragrance. I add cheese to mine too and a bit of milk and butter.

  3. Homemade meat balls! I like.. Oh, I have used up all the meatballs gravy at home, maybe it’s time to stock up somemore.. Can use it for pasta sauce.. I love how you scooped those mash and shape them in neat balls, nice !!

    Easy, use an ice cream scoop. Or at times, I use the cookie press…and pump them out in florets to brown in the oven. Look very nice.

  4. Oooo…your meatballs look fabulous! Sure goes well with mashed potatoes. What? You had only 3 meatballs and 2 scoops of potatoes? Or was that just the first helping? hee..hee…

    That was my very very light lunch, trying out to see any good or not. Saving for my girl for dinner, papa sayang mah – she and the mum were out and did not come back to eat. 😦

  5. Yum yum. The sauce was delicious. Remember you gave me a pack to try. πŸ™‚

    And reading your title, remind me (and everyone) of Adele and her strong deep voice. Hope she is out from her sabbatical leave and release an album soon.

    Yes, gave to a few people – I had so many I could not possibly use all. Now no more, two left…one I used and the other already expired half a year so I had to throw it away. 😦

    I love Adele – Someone like you…and Make you feel my love, so nice!

  6. When I’m super hungry, my hands tremble too…and I don’t think 3 meatballs and 2 scoops of potato mash will stop it from shaking! πŸ˜€ Incidentally, I made something similar too recently.

    When I was teaching, I would just have a packet of soya bean milk – the sugar will do the trick, ok after that – instant! Oh? I guess you will be blogging about yours soon? πŸ˜‰

  7. Meatballs and mash look very good. I haven’t noticed Ikea sauce here, but they do sell their own frozen meatballs.

    They do? Didn’t hear anyone talking about that. Here, the Marina Brand beef balls are very good too but smoother, finer. I like it a bit coarse, with more feel of the meat.

  8. homemade meatballs, those are so delicious looking and bet putting into the mouth… voila!!

    Yes, loved them very much. I made pork ones too, coming soon!

  9. Everything looks great and it’s nice that you all had to enjoy the meal later in the day too. Spending time with our loved ones, makes a tasty meal even better. πŸ™‚

    Indeed, and when one is cooking from the heart, it has that special ingredient which makes everything taste a whole lot nicer – love.

  10. The mashed potatoes look delicious! πŸ™‚

    Yup, it does make a difference when you scoop it with the ice cream scoop and let it brown on top like that – it looks 10x more appetizing.

    Yes, there is a nice layer coating on top – would be nice to pump out florets and put them in the oven to bake a bit too, prettier.

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