meatballs in the sky with basil

meatballs in the sky with basil

And so commences week two of my attempt to clean up my act (food wise) and mitigate the muffin top.  There were a few transgressions on the weekend but, all in all, I’m sticking to the plan.

This morning I climbed Mt Coolum with my mate Susan.  It’s true that I neglected to tell her that I would be photographing meatballs when we got the top.  In hindsight, I shouldn’t have worried – she stood proudly by while I made a rock picnic and then lay on the ground to photograph it.  That’s why we’re friends!

Mt Coolum is an ancient 208m high volcanic dome.  It’s also a very picturesque spot to photograph your meatballs – especially when you’re a whacko with a willing accomplice.


All that climbing made you hungry?  Great!

thai turkey meatballs - cooker and a looker

meatballs in the sky with basil

(aka thai turkey meatballs)

These meatballs are my friend when I’m trying to shed the k-gees.  I make a batch and keep them in the fridge.  They’re flavoursome and guilt free.  Exactly what I need when I find myself staring into the open fridge for the third time in an hour, just checking if anything has miraculously changed since the last time I looked.  :)  This recipe makes about two dozen.


500g turkey mince
2 tbsp Thai green curry paste
1 egg
1 tbsp besan flour (also called chickpea flour, garbanzo flour, gram flour, and channa flour)
oil for frying


In a large bowl, combine mince and curry paste.

Add egg and mix thoroughly.

Finally add the flour and mix until evenly distributed.

Using wet hands, roll tablespoon-sized meatballs and cook in a frypan over a medium heat.

Keep them in the fridge and use them as a talisman against three-thirty-itis.

what did you get up to today?

what’s the oddest thing you’ve photographed?

This recipe was featured in Domesblissity’s Thriving on Thursday.  Pretty cool, huh?

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  1. 1

    Nice to see you wore a little lippy for the occasion! LOL People might’ve thought you lost your ‘meatballs’. LOL Was only a young girl when I last climbed that behemoth. You’re a good girl.


    • 2

      There were some people at the top who joked about the “Today” show taking photos of food on rocks. Lucky for me, Susan was steadfast!

      P.S. There’s always time for a reapplication – even at the top of Mt Coolum! :)

  2. 3

    Looking forward to your muffin top shedding recipes … I’ve just started back on regaining my wardrobe also. Odd photographs?? Whenever we attend a function that has disposable cameras on the tables I follow hubby into the urinal and take a ‘wee stream’ shot. It’s always good for a giggle both at the time… and for the lucky couple who develop them.

    • 4

      Did you know that there’s an app for that now Chris? No more disposable cameras – you buy it and share with your wedding guests. All the pics end up in a gallery instantly – you can even share them on a screen at the reception.
      That’d make your photo a little less anonymous though, wouldn’t it?!? :)

  3. 5

    What a gorgeous view and those meatballs look yum! My odd photos? Photos of a spot on my hubby’s back to track it if it changes.

  4. 7

    I have been to Coolum many times but yet to make the trek. You make it look so appealing!

  5. 9

    Love that you took your meatballs for a walk! Something my friends and I would do. Added bonus they sound and look delicious. Will give them a whirl.

  6. 11

    these look great – I love the location for your photos also, very beautiful!

  7. 13

    Love it Amanda, what a laugh. Great photos and good recipe too, for a little protein punch with some zing. Could I BEG you to explain how you do the lovely photo collage?? Please, please!!

  8. 15

    I can’t stop singing “Meatballs in the sky with diamonds” now…thankyouverymuch. Mt Coolum looks like an awesome place to go for a hike/walk! I can just picture the meatballs being carried along in your pocket (though I’m guessing that’s not where you kept them?! LOL). – Aroha #teamIBOT

  9. 17

    I have a big smile on my face, what an awesome idea taking photos of meatballs on the mountain – you are definitely a talent :)

  10. 19

    Oh that is absolutely spectacular, and the meatballs look yummo too. I’m going to give them a go on next week’s menu :)

  11. 20

    That view on the mountain top is spectacular…. and the non-food outlooks’ not too bad either. Australian’s should embrace Turkey more often! P.S.- Just watched your Brisbane’s Good Food and Wine festival video- Congrats! I usually go, although missed last year for some reason.

  12. 21

    What a good idea of the meatballs in the sky! Very clever! Amazing pictures too!

  13. 22

    Looks like fun. Though the camera would’ve been a heavy load to take with you. But all worth with those views.

    and the meatballs look very yummy!

    Annaleis – Blogs and PR Team Member

  14. 23

    Love that you took them all the way up there for a photo, they look delicious & super easy. I think I’m going to have to give them a go, we love turkey mince.

  15. 24

    Turkey is a bit of an understated meat to use isnt it, especially as it is lower in fat and healthier for us. These look delicious and I love the photo background, very special :)
    Saying hi from Blogs & PR

  16. 25

    I definitely have to try these. I have not found meatballs that I could love. That sounds easy and tasty with curry, anything with Thai spice will give the meals a little kick!

  17. 26

    Amanda, no one can cook such a beautiful dish, climb a mountain, photograph them and still look as good as you. This is worthy of a special mention. I’m featuring these tomorrow at Thriving on Thursdays. Thanks so much for linking up last week.

    Anne xx


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