Sunday, 11 October 2015

It's apple season - pork shoulder with apples, sage and potato

It's that special time of year where there seems to be a glut of everything. People lucky enough to have apple trees are desperate to share their fruit and I am happy to take it. 

A kind parent from the school gave me a load of apples and pears. Usually it's chutney, but this year I've not made any. I had a birthday party and ended up giving away a load of the apples and pears to my family - quote from my cousin "these apples taste how apples should really taste."

From the few that I had left today, I made this delicious pork shoulder with sliced apples, sage and potatoes. Delicious.

What you need:

  • Pork shoulder (mine was from the butcher, not sure on the weight by cost me £8. They scored the skin for me too)
  • 2 potatoes sliced
  • 4 apples chunky sliced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • Handful of sage leaves
What to do:
  1. Mix the potatoes, apples, onion ans sage leaves with a little olive oil
  2. Place onto the bottom of your roasting tin
  3. Place the pork shoulder on top. Put a bit of salt and pepper on the skin.
  4. Pop into a preheated oven at it's highest temp for 20 mins
  5. After 20mins turn down to 200 (fan oven

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Using a real keyboard and mouse

I hardly ever blog these days, mainly because the Blogger App on my phone upsets me. I should get in contact and tell someone really but then something else comes up and I forget. But basically it upsets me because I take a photo, write a lovely blog post and then it hangs. And then it hangs. And then hangs. So all I have written gets lost, I get annoyed. Then I stop. I un-install, reinstall and then the cycle continues.

Well, today I am at a computer, a real one with a keyboard and mouse. So here goes, a post that I am trying to recreate from the end of July about my other hobby camping combined with cooking.

I always get asked by non-camping buddies what I eat and what I cook (and what I sleep on, where I go to the toilet, what I do) when camping. The answer is simply - what I eat the same kind of stuff as at home I just don't have an oven. I cook on a 2 ring gas burner and have a grill if I need (I never use the grill). In fact I love camping cooking. It's a bit like Ready Steady Cook, as I look at what I have and then make up something tasty.

At the start of the Summer holidays (goodbye Year 2, hello Year 3!) we went to North Norfolk for the week. Wonderful area, great weather and excellent campsite. One stand out meal that I made was chicken with fresh herbs, lemon and honey served with rice and a green salad.

The chicken came from a local shop. I simply chopped into bite-sized pieces and marinated with lemon, honey and fresh herbs - thyme, sage, bay - that they grew onsite for the use of the campers. This would have been good on skewers and barbecued (I didn't bring my barbie), I did it in my frying pan. It was delicious.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Rice to pacify the young one

I made paella the other night. When asked by 1/2 what we were having I said chicken and rice without even thinking. She was disappointed and fairly vocal about it when dinner was served up - "this so wasn't what I was expecting mummy."

So what was she expecting? Well plain rice with some kind of steamed veggies and gilled chicken or steamed fish is one of her favourite suppers. Pretty healthy. No idea what she though because anyone who's ever made paella knows it doesn't smell like steamed veggies and gilled chicken!

So as a 'treat' I made her some plain rice, steamed fish and veggies. And to pacify me turkey and veg (cucumber and carrot) stir fry.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Guilty food secret...

Today I had spaghetti with tomato ketchup for lunch. I don't have it very often, in fact I cannot remember when was the last time. But sometimes I just crave it and today it was one of those days. In my defense I have been fasting for a blood test which was at 12:20pm (had nothing but water since 9pm last night).

What's yours?

Monday, 17 March 2014

Best pulled pork to date

It's been a long long time since I have posted, but trying to get restarted again (not going to bore the world with the details of my life).

I am a great fan of pulled pork and have tried a few, this one is definitely worth a mention. Adapted from this recipe, definitely worth a try.

What you need:
  • 1 pork shoulder 
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp English mustard
  • 10 tbsp apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • 4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 tube of tomato puree (150g)
  • Ground pepper
What to do:
  1. Turn on your slow cooker to auto (if your slow cooker does have this function, cook on low for around 8-9 hours)
  2. Roughly chop the garlic and throw in
  3. Add the ACV, honey, mustard and garlic to the slow cooker and give it a good mix 
  4. Mix all the try ingredients and then rub into the pork shoulder and then put the pork into the slow cooker
  5. Cook for at least 7 hours or until the meat is all falling off
  6. Shred the meat and return to the slow cooker with all that lovely liquid
I made in my slow cooker, but you also easily make in the oven too (pot with a lid, or tight foil cover). Probably around 130 for 6 hours, depending on the type of pot you use.

Being the cave-woman that I am, I would quite happily chomp on this straight out of the pot. Also good served with a crusty roll, or mash. Maybe even some rice and greens. Leftovers were in the freezer and had been consumed for lunch too.