I have been strangely addicted to beauty products recently. I am constantly looking at top 10 lists and reviews online. L and I used to live in the land of beauty products, Korea. However I never really understood how amazing it was to have that all at my fingertips, constantly. Every corner a Tony Moly or a Innis Free shop. I am particularly partial to the Faceshop and their amazing face products. Face products, go figure. Anyhow
I have recently discovered the world of subscription boxes. Where have these been hiding!? I’ve signed up for about 5 this month, all for makeup or beauty supplies. I have been moaning from jealousy of people living in America that can actually receive all these boxes! I’ve signed up in hopes that my friends will accumulate them for me and then so graciously ship them to me every couple months. There’s one for everything! I’m dying for them to be shipped internationally…but I’ve only found one so far (Meme box…Korea beauty products! Worth checking out!). The rest of them, like Ipsy, Birchbox, Blushbox, Glossybox, Pop Sugar, or Curl Kit, only ship in ‘merica. Sad face. They send sample and full sized products for you to try and you can use discounts to buy full size products on their websites. The boxes are all around $15 (more or less). I’m excited to see what they all send. Hey Ipsy! Send international…please?!
I have always been a freakish fan of Ikea, if not for the day trip of “room shopping”, then for the food court perfectly placed halfway through your shopping experience. What is it about cheap hardware and plastic window treatments that can be so exhilarating yet appetite stimulating? You’ve done it Ikea, food and end tables. A genius Saturday spent indoors.
An Ikea trip just wouldn’t be complete without meatballs. That’s right. I said it. Meatballs. With cranberry sauce AND gravy. I’m not crazy. I just really like meatballs. However I’m sure the one’s at Ikea are only tasty IN the store when you’re starving. Do people actually buy them? Last night I wanted to make some meatballs. Who knows why…maybe I saw a GIF of Lady and the Tramp sharing a romantic plate of noodles (don’t know how that works. L and I need bibs when we eat. Children…)
These aren’t a copycat… just a recipe I like. It is in no way healthy, as I don’t strive to be a healthy cook at all. Sorry Alex! J I used them in spaghetti sauce last night but would be awesome with BBQ sauce. Or maybe you wanna go for that Ikea-Swedish gravy?
There are two ways to cook up these meatballs, depending on what you’re into. Ooo you saucy minx you! Pan fried and finished by simmering in sauce OR bake first sauce later. Whatever you fancy.
I think these with BBQ sauce would be delightful as an appetizer or party finger food.
PHOTOS TO COME!!!
Meatballs for spaghetti or BBQ sauce
(makes about 20 small balls)
1 jin of ground pork (get the more expensive grind otherwise you’ll just have tons of fat melting out of every meatball…yuck)
1 jin of ground pork
2-3 cloves of FINELY Chopped garlic
½ small onion FINELY Chopped (about ½ cup)
1/3 cup of milk (I use soy milk, so anything will work here)
1.5-ish tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce *to taste*
1 tablespoon of mixed herbs
1 teaspoon of cumin
2 teaspoons of dried chili flakes
½ cup of fine breadcrumbs
1/3 cup of cheese (you can use any cheese that you can find. However it’s not necessary)
Substitutes for stricter Chinese supermarkets:
1. Worcestershire sauce: I use a mix of DARK soy sauce and a few splashes of Maggie’s seasoning. Use the same amount of liquid the recipe calls for.
2. Bread Crumbs- When I can’t afford to buy the tub of breadcrumbs at the western grocery store downtown, I use toasted/stale and finely chopped bread. Not exactly the same but does the trick.
1. Combine all ingredients in one big bowl. Get in there with your hands and blend well! It took me about 3 or 4 minutes. Then stick in the fridge for 30 minutes to half hour (I completely skipped the chilling part when I did mine as I was in a hurry. They turned out just fine, but if you have time I think the flavors would be much better if you wait.)
2. I used my hands to roll 1.5 inch balls and set them on a large plate. Some people are more exact with measuring this and use spoons. You my friends are far more patient than me.
Choose your own ending: Pan-fried and saucey or oven baked. Pan fried gives it a nice color and crust, baked gives nicer flavor and softer texture.
Pan-fried (then simmer in sauce)
*oil and 1 cup of water
1.Throw a bit of oil in a pan or skillet. When oil is hot start placing the meatballs (in 2-3 batches… don’t crowd them!) in the pan clockwise to keep track of “who’s to be flipped first”.
2. Every 20-30 seconds I would move the balls around with tongs or chopsticks. I moved them around until they turned brown on all sides. When browned set aside on a new plate until you’ve browned all the balls.
3. Pour your sauce in a large saucepan or the same pan just be sure to wipe out the oil/greasy mess.
4. Add 1 cup of water to the sauce as well as about 10 meatballs and leave to simmer for about 30-40 minutes (or until most of the water has evaporated and the meatballs are cooked through)
5. Then you’re ready to serve!
1. Oil a baking sheet (or glass bake ware)
2. Place the meatballs, they can touch but don’t squish them. If you have a tiny toaster oven like me you’ll need to do a few batches. (I did half in the oven half pan-fried to taste the difference)
3. Bake for 45 minutes at 200 C or until fully cooked
The meatballs are easily frozen after they’ve been cooked. Perfect if you need an impromptu appetizer or finger food for surprise guests or potlucks.
Let me know what sauces you use with the meatballs! I’ll share my BBQ sauce recipe sometime in the next week or two. It’s easy to make, even if you only have Chinese market ingredients!
Have a wonderful day!
If you’re interested in looking into any subscription boxes (for you lucky America residents) here are my referral links. I can get free gifts and you can get money off, for one or two of them.
Stich Fix (personalized clothing)
Ipsy (mostly make up)
Korean service, not the traditional membership, you can actually pick what type of things you want in your box. Most of them are full sized as well! If you sign up you get points, if you buy a box you get points, if you email someone you get points. It’s nice. All the points are worth a dollar. I just signed up last month and I already have enough for a free full sized product! There isn’t a referral program that I know of to share. I just really like the company! J (They also have men’s products!)