Budget Pork Comfort
June 20, 2012 in Budget
I’m currently training at a local retirement home. I’m introducing new recipes, putting in a costing system and training the staff.
The retirement home has a very small budget and relies heavily on the generosity of people for donations. I’m not wild about cooking on a budget but then who is. The thing is, there should be no excuse for eating bad food because with a few basic ingredients we made a seriously great pork stew with creamy mash & green beans for under R10 a person.
I’ve worked & trained in retirement homes before and for me it’s always an emotional time. If you want to put your life into perspective go and spend some time in a retirement home/establishment..Say, Do, Walk, See, Love, Eat, Laugh and drink wine because one day you might not be able to….
Budget Pork Comfort
2kg of pork stewing meat
1/2 bunch of celery, chopped
250g carrots chopped
1x large onions chopped
1x tin of baked beans
1x tin of chopped tomatoes
4x garlic cloves finely chopped
2x bay leaves
300-450ml chicken stock (made with 2 stock cubes)
15ml cornflour to thicken sauce (if necessary)
- Marinate the pork with the paprika, garlic & bay leaves – allow to marinate for an hour.
- Fry the pork to brown. Remove from the pan.
- Add the onions, carrots, celery and cook until soft.
- Add the baked beans & tin tomato. Cook for a few minutes.
- Add the pork meat and mix well.
- Add the chicken stock and simmer for 30minutes
- Serve with mash and green beans
Creamy Mashed Potato
2kg of Potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
15ml of coarse salt
100g margarine or butter
250ml of milk
Salt & Pepper
- Place the potatoes into a pot and cover with cold water. Bring the water to the boil and add the coarse salt. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through completely.
- Add the butter/margarine to the milk and heat through in the microwave for 1 minute. Drain the liquid from the potatoes and immediately add a little of the butter and milk mix to the potatoes and using a masher, mash everything together.
- Add a little more butter and milk and continue to mash until a creamy mash is formed.
- Season with a little salt & pepper.
It is always important to warm the milk and butter/margarine as this makes the mash creamier.
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