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Immortals Fenyx Rising // Pistachio Pomegranate Meatballs


When Immortals Fenyx Rising was announced as Gods & Monsters during E3 2019, I was veeery interested. I've gotten pretty tired of realism over the last couple years, so something this brightly colored and stylized is right up my alley. Also: mythology, gliding, climbing, dynamic fighting - I like.


Gotta admit, I was a bit worried that it would turn out to be something like an Assassin's Creed for children. Spoiler: I didn’t have to worry. Immortals bears a lot more resemblance to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and child-friendly ... yes and no, Zeus certainly is NO role model. The boss of Olympus and Prometheus are the narrators of this game and they set the tone for the story. And that was the first big surprise: “Damn Prometheus, you sassy!”


The biting commentary of the two elderly gods often totally threw me of my game, because I had to laugh so hard. It’s not only what they say, but how they say it and in the case of Immortals it turns a relatively worn-out topic, Greek mythology, into something fresh and new. And I must admit, I sorely missed fresh and new from Ubisoft in recent years.


However, not everything is different. In true Ubisoft fashion, the map here is peppered with points of interest which could end up being exhausting, but the humor helps...a lot. Lots of player freedom, lots of action, lots of puzzles and lots of fun. A love child of Breath of the Wild and Assassin's Creed Odyseey. Both of those statements describe Immortals Fenyx Rising, but neither captures everything this game has to offer.


Another big surprise for example: I have spent a lot more time as Fenyx than as Eivor in the last weeks. Assassin's Creed Valhalla is great, but the emphasis on humor makes Immortals pretty irresistible. It will take a while before the Season Pass content comes out (and yes, I'll definitely treat myself), but I still have some mounts and equipment to collect and maybe I'll even try the New Game +. We'll see!


I would probably have to eat way more pomegranates in order to keep my life points up. Do you like pomegranate seeds? If so, I’m pretty sure you’ll love today's recipe. If not, maybe give it a shot? It definitely didn't hurt Ubisoft to try something new. Today's conclusion: Immortals Fenyx Rising deserves a chance, and so do my pistachio pomegranate meatballs.




 

500ml pomegranate juice

½ pomegranate

50g sugar

1 lime

1 small onion

90g roasted, salted pistachios

25g breadcrumbs

1 egg

50g fresh parsley

1 tbsp dried tarragon

1 tbsp ground coriander

500g minced turkey

6 patch pockets

½ cucumber

100g yogurt

oil

chilli flakes

pepper

salt

  • pour the pomegranate juice and sugar into a pot

  • halve the lime and squeeze its juice into the pot

  • bring the mixture to a simmer

  • reduce the juice to a syrup (about 45-60min)

  • meanwhile, prepare the meatballs

  • peel the pistachios and chop them finely

  • peel the onion and dice it

  • chop the parsley

  • mix mince, egg, pistachios, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, spices and the juice of the remaining lime half

  • preheat your oven to 230°C top/bottom heat

  • brush a baking dish thoroughly with oil

  • form golfball-sized balls and place them in the baking dish

  • bake the meatballs for 15 minutes

  • glaze the balls with the pomegranate syrup and bake them for another 5min

  • cut half a cucumber into thin slices

  • half the pomegranate and deseed it

  • cut the pita pockets in half and toast them

  • fill the pita bread with yogurt, cucumber, pomegranate and halved meatballs

  • Guten Hunger!



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