Tuesday, February 18

F is for ......Filipino pork abobo and a new favourite soup.

Another new recipe from my stash of recipe books. I have never made a pork curry before but it was very tasty.


Low calorie cooking spray
6 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
1 red chilli, peeled and thinly sliced
2cm piece root ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 tbsp finely chopped lemon grass ( I used dried with a coconut blend)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated (I used asda frozen)
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
100ml dark soy sauce
50ml white wine vinegar
4 tbsp tomato purée
4 bay leaves
700ml chicken stock
16 baby new potatoes (I missed these out and served with rice)
2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
600g lean pork fillets, all visible fat removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh coriander, to garnish

1 Spray a wok or large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Add the shallots, red chilli, ginger, lemon grass, garlic, ground cumin and turmeric and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until soft and fragrant.
2 Stir in the remaining ingredients and season well. Bring to the boil, cover tightly and reduce the heat to low.
3 Simmer gently for 45 minutes until the pork is tender. Ladle into bowls and garnish with the coriander to serve.

Last week at Slimmingworld one member brought us a new soup recipe she had tried - it was absolutely lush. Note of caution - garlic! Remember you can always ADD not TAKE AWAY. My attempt was indeed too much garlic - would use half this quantity next time - even less.

Lentil Broth

300g red lentils
2 onions
3 carrots
4 celery sticks
1 garlic
1 bayleagf
3 parsley sprigs (I used dried)
1.5 litres veg stock
Salt & pepper
1 fromage frais (I didn't use this)
Chopped parsley & paprika to garnish (I didn't use this)

Wash lentils soak for 30 mins
Spray pan & heat onions,carrots & celery.
Drain lentils and add to pan with parsley & stock
Bring to boil and simmer for 30 mins, removing any scum.
Remove bayleaf.
Transfer to blender & blitz.
Put back into pan and reheat.
Stir in fromage frais and parsley & paprika to serve.

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  1. It looks fabulous!
    Have a great day.
    Wil, ABCW Team

  2. hi, i'm a filipino and i'm glad you like adobo. there's a million ways to make this and mine is different from yours, but i'll keep this in mind.

    frankly my dear.

  3. Love the pork dish. I bet the potatoes tasted fabulous simmered in the sauce but I love rice so much that I would serve like you did.
    The lentils soup sounded great till the " remove any scum" hahahhahaha
    I am loving your ABC posts !
    Hope the chickens are doing OK in all your bad weather.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. Ummmm, this sounds delish but perhaps a bit too spicy for me.
    Love pork dishes and may have to tinker with this recipe a bit.

  5. oohhh... Lentils and garlic, what a perfect mix. I bet it is delicious! The pork curry seems exotic to me.

  6. Loving your recipes Ms. Nesbitt!!!

  7. Looks like it would be a filling fare!

    abcw team

  8. I love adobo! Glad you like this famous Filipino food. I make mine by sauteing only garlic, onions and pork, then I add in vinegar and soy sauce and a little bit of salt and boil until sauce is thick and pork is cooked. Hope you try my version, :).

  9. I'll stick to the lentil soup (being practically veggie!)
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May


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