Braised Pork Chops:
Depending on how hungry you are and on how big the chops are, so this was for Ishbel and me:
4 small to medium pork chops, Ishbel likes the fat off I don't mind
2 or 3 small onions sliced
About a tablespoon of finely chopped fresh ginger
A handful of fresh chopped coriander ( cilantro )
nob of butter and Olive oil
A glass or two of red wine
Take an nice deep pan and add the nob of butter and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil melt down.
Add the pork chops on a medium to high heat and brown on both sides.
Once the chops are nicely browned add the onion, ginger and coriander and cook on a medium heat until the onions are soft and just beginning to brown too.
Once the onions have softened add a glass or two of good red wine and turn the heat up a little. Once the wine starts to bubble add chicken stock and reduce the heat.
You can cook this on the hob on a very very low heat or in the oven at say 140 to 160 for an hour to an hour and a half. Keep an eye on it and if need be add some more chicken stock as it will be reducing as it braises the chops.
Once ready served with veg of choice and mashed potatoes, Today's mash had a table spoon (or was it two) of Southern Comfort.
Rhubarb, Apple and Raisin Pie
Don't suppose you need me to tell you how to make one of these, and I am lousy at pastry, even when I buy the damned stuff I end up getting holes in it or breaking it up, go figure, but there you go....
So, today I took
five stalks of rhubarb stripped of outer skin
Two large braeburns
Large cupful of California raisins
Two Tablespoons of cognac
Four tablespoons of Demera Sugar
Some grated nutmeg
Cup of water
Combine all the ingredients in a pan and reduce down until the fruit is soft, remove from heat and leave to cool.
While the fruit is softening line a pastry dish
Cover the fruit with some more pastry and brush with melted butter
Place in a preheated oven at 180, best not to use the fan, and bake for about 35 - 40 minutes
Remove from Oven and allow to cool, sprinkle with icing sugar, slice and serve, with fresh cream, custard or ice cream.