Tuesday, January 14

A is for Adventure.....Cooking Adventure.

ABC Wednesday - Round 14, how time has flown. For this round I am going on an adventure - A cooking adventure. Each week I will cook a recipe I have never cooked before. Conditions of the recipe must be no fancy ingredients I have to travel the globe for, must be healthy and tie in with my Slimming World programme, be the time of food both Jon and I like ie not arty farty and I must have the recipe in my collection of recipe books/slimmingworld magazines.

Over on facebook my longtime blogging pal Crystal Jigsaw has started a new group.
A small, friendly group where we share what we're having for tea (or lunch, brunch, breakfast, supper, and those snacks in between). Lighthearted, fun, informal and a place to dip in and out of whenever the mood takes us. Share recipes and suggestions, tips and advice, but strictly no lecturing on what's good for you and what's not.

So I have decided to link all together - everybody is welcome.
I will also have an independent reviewer - my neighbour Emma. I always pop in to her house when she's at work and let the dogs out for a run and leave her light on as it's dark when she gets in from work - so I will have her tea ready now each Tuesday night.

To kick start the first week then it is A for Analucian meatballs. I looked through a few of my recipe books and whilst there was countless renditions of Avocado(very high in calories) and  Aubergine recipes(Jon doesn't like it)  I found this recipe in the August/September issue of Slimmingworld magazine.

Analucian meatballs


600g pork mince
small handful fresh coriander finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin,
1 tsp ground coriander,
1 tsp ground nutmeg,
1 tsp ground cinnamon,
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped,
salt and freshly ground black pepper,
small handful fresh flat leaf parsley finely chopped for garnish. 

Note - M&S spice jars are big enough to fit a teaspoon inside to ensure accurate measurement of spices.

Put all except parsley in bowl, season and mix with fingers until well combined. chill for 1 hour. 

Roll into bite size balls and put in frying pan sprayed with fry light over medium heat and stir fry for 6-8 mins until browned all over and cooked through, 

I cooked off a sample and it tasted very nicely spiced.


 Whilst the recipe says to serve with tomato sauce. (Tomato Sauce = 400g passata, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 2 tblsp tomato puree and 1 deseeded finely chopped red pepper, place in pan and bring to boil, reduce heat to low and cook 12-15mins or until pepper has softened. Whizz until smooth and serve with fresh parsley.)

I will be serving mine with this

with lots of extra vegetables.

So, A in my great Adventure is Analucian meatballs. Next week it may well be Baked sardines with potatoes!

Watch this space.
To join in the ABC fun follow the link in my sidebar and if you feel like sharing our fun group on facebook follow the details from Crystal's blog.


  1. Amazing photographs! Thank you for sharing my blog link and the new Facebook group, What's for Tea?. Anyone is welcome to join the group, it's open to all. We're a very friendly bunch!

    CJ x

    1. Great stuff K, experimenting with my camera settings - this is "close up" the icon has 2 tulips - if you know what I mean.

  2. Sounds good - I usually use ground beef for meatballs but just might try using pork. Looking forward to more recipes.

    abcw team

  3. Replies
    1. I assure you they were! Added spinach to the pasta sauce. Think I'll add extra peppers too.

  4. These sound lovely. I like the fact that your challenge is no nonsense food. Just down our street. I''ll be reading with interest. I'm not keen on aubergines either, but I had a really nice aubergine dip last night for the first time, called Babaganoush. Great name!

    1. Never heard of Babaganoush before but looked it up - may just give it a try sometime. Seems to be quite a few versions out there so be interesting to compare a few.

  5. I'm a vegetarian, but this adventure sounds like great fun.

    1. Tomorrow I am saving some of the pasta sauce to have with some of my favourite vegetarian sausages - Linda McCartney Red Onion and Rosemary - deliciously awesome.

    2. hahahahahahahahaha...
      Here is another one. Being a "old" person I go out for the "Early Bird" dinner that starts at 5pm so it could be called a teadin ?

  6. I think I might use a pork/turkey mix for the meat but other than that sounds super yummy.
    I will be looking forward to your ABC's

    OK you must explain... when friend come home from work her tea will be waiting each Tuesday night. I though Tea was between Lunch and Dinner ? But your saying Tea is dinner ?
    So please explain what each meal is and what time. Thank you.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. AP - Luch here is round about noon - if we go out around 4pm in the afternoon we call it tea - Dinner is the evening meal so yes I confused you! lol!

  7. I'm always looking for tasty, simple and healthy recipes.
    Looking forward to this series Denise.

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    1. We do too PC - will be looking at Moroccan meatballs later in my adventure. Come back for M lol!

  9. Thank you so much for the recipe, unfortunately I have had to give up my weekly visits to S.W. so will look in each day to get some ideas from you and your friends. Great Blog must enjoyable.

    1. Kathy - such a shame. Check at the top of my blog - "My Quest to shed pounds" there's a whole recipe section there.

  10. I think we are in store for a tasty adventure.

  11. You pique my culinary interest.....

  12. This looks delicious, and the ingredients mix seems to match perfectly well. Now I'm hungry even though I just had lunch, lol

  13. Sounds like my kind of meal. - Margy


Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.