Sunday, 15 July 2012

Post Christmas QAL post ...

Edited to add a link to Lynn's recipe for the shortbread.  I'm sorry I forgot to do that earlier.

... First I want to say WHOOPPEEEE cos I won the giveaway yesterday on Lynn's blog.  I must thank Zinnie for picking out my name, and thank you Lynn for a great giveaway.

Thank you Lynn for the recipe with the not so delicious sounding name of Polar Bear Farts.  I made some today, and the verdict from Mr Fixit and I is that they are delicious.  The recipe is on Lynn's blog, here.

They had just come out of the oven and been put on this plate with their dusting of icing sugar when I took this photo, and Mr F was hovering over them waiting to try them. There are significantly less of them now!

Several people asked me for the recipe for meatballs that I used last night, so here goes.  It is based on a recipe from the Hairy Bikers, but I tweaked it a little bit.  Sorry there's no picture - we ate it all!

250 gms minced beef
1 tsp (approx) of fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 onion, very finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1tbsp stir fry oil for frying the meat balls

  • Mix everything together in a bowl, except for the oil.  It's best to use your hands for this to make sure it's all mixed together properly.
  • Divide the mixture into 10 evenly sized pieces and roll into balls.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat and add the meatballs.  It is best to slightly flatten them as they cook better like that.  Turn them over from time to time.  Fry them for about 5 mins.
Tomato Sauce:
  • I used a carton of passatta with basil, but a can of chopped tomatoes with your own basil would work too. 
  • 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes can also be added 
  • Put this in a pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 5 mins to thicken and reduce it a bit.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce to heat through again.
  • This can be cooking while you're doing the rest!

To serve:
  • Put the pasta in a large bowl, spoon the meatballs and sauce over the top, sprinkle some parmesan over the lot.  Serve it and eat it.  Yummy.


  1. Congratulations on your win! Looks like you've been quite busy in the kitchen.

  2. Sounds yummy. Aren't you going to pass on the recipe for Polar Bear Farts? What a name. But they do look good.

  3. Zinnie is one awesome random generator dog. Congratulations on your win. I see some Christmas sewing coming soon at your house.

  4. Congratulations! You deserve to be the winner because you do so much for the rest of us! We are all loving the Festive Mystery quilt...thank you, and enjoy those polar bear f...., er, cookies!

  5. Congratulations on your win! Well done! Thank you for the link to the recipe. They sound a bit like a cookie/biscuit I have made - Russian Tea Cakes. You have been busy in the kitchen. You are one up on me.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.


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