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Roasted Rack of pork……

September 17, 2013 in pork recipes


Oven-roasted to perfection, juicy on the inside, crumbly and crackly on the outside, what more can one ask for in a roast? Oven-roasted pork can be somewhat dry, but with a few hints and tips I will show you how to get the best from this delicious cut of meat.

I have made a rack of pork before, it had a delicious dry rub and I served it with beans for a wholesome family feast! This time however I had a different plan, even a little more devious than before. A rack of pork with a macadamia and herb crust…. need I say more!

Roasted Rack of  Pork with a Macadamia Crust


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When the craving for salad hits you in the middle of winter!

August 18, 2013 in pork recipes

winter salad

The last hing on my mind in winter is a salad, instead I want warm comforting food! However, when winter stretches on and on like it has for the last couple of weeks, my system craves a good salad!

A winter salad has to have body, something that will stick to your ribs. Bold in flavors and textures and a good winter salad must warm you up! So why not disguise my Devils on horseback in a salad with citrus  flavors of winter? Having the sinful devils on horseback in a salad, also kind of  prevents you from eating too many!

When I walked through the Foodlover’s Market the other day and they had mountains of dates on display. They looked so plump and delicious that I could not resist buying some. A bonus is that my daughter loves them so it solved  lunchbox  dilemmas too! Dates are very healthy and can satisfy your craving for something sweet before you grab the nearest chocolate. The sugar content of dates is about 80% of the fruit and it is also a great source of potassium!

I had evil thought about those dates though….. read more here!

Winter salad

winter salad

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Pork and Apple Burgers from Simple and Delicious on RSG

October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Pork and Apple Burgers

from Heerlik en Maklik by Alida Ryder

I have the greatest of admiration of Alida or Ally as we know her, for attempting the mammoth task of creating, writing, styling and shooting her own recipe books which were launched by Penguin books this month. It certainly is a job, I would not even dream of doing and she did it so successfully.

There are so many of the recipe I would love to try, but tonight we opted for the Pork and Apple Burgers. I followed her recipe, except I halved the quantity because my family is slightly smaller than Ally’s. I also added a few slices of preserved figs at the end, and the sweetness of the figs with the pork and cheese….OMW, it was amazing!

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Pork Nirvana

August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

Pork Nirvana

Nirvana refers to an American  rock band that was created by the late singer and guitarist, Kurt Cobain, but Buddha  also describes “Nirvana” as a state of mind that is free from cravings and many other negative feelings….. and this is where the roast pork belly comes into the picture….. cravings…pork belly, you get the hang of it, right?
In the last month or so, I had the good fortune of tasting pork belly from the kitchens of the best Cape Town has to offer, the one and only Luke-Dale Roberts at the Test Kitchen, chef Ian Bergh at De Grendel Restaurant  in Plattekloof Cape Town and arguably the best Pork belly sandwich ever  from Pete-Goffe Wood at the Biscuit Mill, Cape Town. Read more about my quest for the perfect pork belly on…….

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Stuff the apples!

July 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Stuff the apples!

Stuff the apples! It almost sounds as if I am unhappy with something or someone or heaven forbid…the apples. but I am not I mean literally stuff the apples….it is too delicious not to. I remember years back when every big wedding, Matric farewell or function had a suckling pig on the table with the cute little red apple in the mouth. I love pork, everyone reading  my blog will know this, but I have never liked the thought of this whole piggy thing…..

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Stuffed with flavor!

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Apple-Stuffed Pork Chop

July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Rustic and comforting

Pork chops in any way are good, right! My family loves pork and we eat it often, so whenever I see or hear something new I can do with pork chops, I am all eyes and ears. I think I have mentioned it before, but my favorite cut of pork is the pork neck chops. They are moist, juicy and even on the grill, they are never dry.
When I browsed through Colonel Harland Sander’s Autobiography and saw this recipe for Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops, I was determined to try. Pork loin chops are often dry, but with the stuffing, the chops should be deliciously moist and tender. The aroma in the kitchen whilst the pork was roasting, was just heavenly and serving this homey, belly-warming pan of food, made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I made one mistake though, because my chops were really thick, I decided to dry roast them, because I did not want them soggy, I wanted that roast pork flavor. My chops were dry on the outside, so next time I will stick to the Colonel’s idea of roasting it in a little water and apple juice. Lesson learned!

Apple-stuffed Pork Chops

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Honey and Mustard Pork Sausages with Roasted Onion Dip

January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Roasted Onion Dip

These Honey and Mustard Pork Sausages with Roasted Onion Dip was not only a mouthful-title for my post but also most delicious mouthfuls to eat. The flavors were so perfectly balanced with the sweet from the honey, slight tart and bitterness from the mustard  and then the creaminess of the dip with the smokey, rustic roasted onions…….delightful, even if I have to say so myself.
I don’t know about you, but although we have been  all over the Western and Eastern Cape for our holiday, I am definitely not rested, therefor I have decided  to extend the holiday in my home for another couple of weeks. How am I going to do this with hubby and I back at work and the children back at school?  I am going to keep doing holiday style cooking and maybe work in a beach picnic here and there too.. What is wrong with serving our supper next to the pool instead of in the blazing hot kitchen. Yes, sometimes it takes little changes to make the world of difference.

Honey and Mustard Pork Sausages

I have written about my family’s “carnivorous” tendencies before and every year after a long holiday with mom, hubby declares: “I’m going vegetarian!” Now although mom and I think it is a slap in the face,he says his body just tells him, ” easy up on the meat my friend!” This year, I was ready for him, maybe because I had good practice with all the Meatless Monday Recipes, but not everybody in the family shares his temporary vegetarian believes and the children still asks for a little meaty snack. These sausages were just perfect for them and the roasted onion dip/pate was perfect for dad and he was quite happy with a few slices of grilled ciabatta, some of the pate and a side salad. That is what cooking is all about, adapting to your own needs and specifications. We all read recipes and try new ideas, but make them your own, give them your own unique twist! Follow me for the recipe!

Honey and Mustard Pork Sausages with Roasted Onion Dip

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Paprika Pork and Bean Potjie for Campfire Nights!

December 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Paprika Pork and Bean Potjie

This easy Paprika Pork and Bean Potjie(stew) is definitely going to feature on our menu this holiday. I don’t know about you, but my favorite time of the day while we are on holiday, is when we settle down for the evening. When all the swimming, shopping and sightseeing is done and we can just sit back and relax with our families. My father normally lights a fire around 5pm, regardless of what we will cook for supper.
Sometimes we have a full on braai, sometimes we opt for something lighter like a Boerewors Roll, but after about a week of eating easy meals, we all crave for something hearty and substantial like a good old South African Potjie.
We eat a lot of mutton whilst on holiday, mostly in the form of chops or my mom would make her famous Lamb Curry, so sometimes it is necessary to ring the changes and use a little pork for our potjie. Pork normally cooks faster so it is a good alternative when you are having to deal with ravenous children. You can make this stew on the stove top or in the oven too, but like I have said, few things in this world can compete with a campfire meal.
Using smoked paprika in this dish is essential, it not only adds a little bit of heat, but the smokiness of the paprika with the pork and beans is just too delicious. Invest in a small tin of smoked paprika, it is a tad pricey but it lasts for a long time.

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