When I first bought my little apartment about 10 years ago there was open-air and fields at the front, the back and to one side. Over the years since then, there has been a major economic boom in Malta as a result of their investment in internet gaming and I have been beset on all sides with construction. Around 20 apartment blocks have been constructed within 300 metres and they are still clearing the space to make more. The noise and mess have been horrendous! And now, with tall apartments blocks on all sides, I am realising I have a problem. My once light and airy apartment is now cut off from the sun and is dark and dismal. I must fix it! But how?
I came across an Ikea door I fell in love with. It is white, with a classic, country-ish style. I really like the Scandinavian ‘look’ in general. The white colour of the door is great, its light and airy and will fit with any colour I have on my walls. The glass panels will hopefully let what little sunlight I get have access to every room. I showed my husband and told him these were the doors we were going to get. He nodded. Decision made!
The problem? Small islands struggle to attract big companies to set up shop. There is no Ikea in Malta. This is the unfortunate reality of small islands – we struggle to get stuff.
Luckily in this day and age of enterprising and on-line individuals somebody has just set up just what I need!
They have a website full of Ikea stuff! I browse on their website. I choose my Ikea item. They pop over to Sicily (a much larger island not far from Malta) where Ikea have a nice, big shop. They buy my item. They bring my item back to me! Yay, perfect Scandinavian furniture design all for me! The downside? Money… Currently to get all the doors for every room is out of my price range and my husband won’t buy them one by one in case they stop making them before we get them all. I am left to gaze longingly at the picture on my mobile screen – Ikea doooorrrrrsssss…. come to meeeeee!
Patience… One must have patience when perfecting ones home. Damn it!
Anyway, until said doors are mine, we make do with another Ikea item of Scandinavian design! Ikea Swedish meatballs! For quite some time Ikea’s Swedish meatballs have been a necessary part of many people’s Ikea shopping trip experience. It’s like a trip to the park for the kids with ice cream. You can do it without stopping for ice-cream but who wants to? That’s why I follow the 80/20 rule – if the kids get ice cream so does Mummy! An Ikea trip gets meatballs! ‘Nuff said! During the initial coronavirus lockdown, this was denied to the public and Ikea felt pity for the masses. They released their recipe of how to make said meatballs so everyone could have Swedish meatballs at home.
I had a look but there were some very non-paleo ingredients. This is not on! Wave the paleo wand a bit! Ta-da! A paleo version of the recipe. The meatballs look and taste just fine without the sauce (see above) so I gave the vital stats without it for those who want weight loss and would prefer to drop any unneeded carbs and calories. Ikea generally serves it with mashed potato. To stay paleo (depending on whether you consider white potatoes as paleo or not – which is a whole other post all by itself) I would suggest a baked sweet potato instead but the choice is obviously yours 🙂 Enjoy them while I dream about my future lovely white doors!
Paleo Ikea Swedish Meatballs
- 500 g beef mince
- 250 g pork mince
- 235 g fennel (1 medium)
- 100 g cauliflower
- 1 egg
- 1 garlic clove
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- 5 tbsp coconut cream
- 100 ml beef stock
- 100 ml coconut cream
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1/4 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tbsp lard
Making the Meatballs
- Put the cauliflower and fennel into a food processor and blitz until they are in the tiniest pieces they can possibly be.
- Put them on a microwaveable plate and cook on high for 5 mins.
- Add the cauliflower, fennel, beef mince, pork mince, garlic clove, salt, pepper, egg and coconut cream into a large bowl.Use your hands and thoroughly squish everything together.
- Make the meatballs by taking 2 tbsp of the mixture and rolling it into a ball. Continue until all the mixture is in balls.
Cooking the Meatballs
- Preheat a fan-assisted oven to 160 deg C (320 deg F).
- Melt the lard in a large frying pan on a medium to high heat.
- Add the meatballs in batches, turning often so they are browned on all sides.
- Space out all the meatballs on baking paper on a baking tray.
- Bake in the oven for 30 mins.
Making the Sauce
- Add the beef stock, coconut cream, lemon juice, white vinegar and dry mustard together in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a low simmer and stir to combine the ingredients.
- Serve the sauce at the side of the meatballs.