What I cooked for dinner last night? Siena style pork chops with oven potatoes. In other words, the only seasoning I used was salt, pepper and fresh tarragon, and when they were fried enough I doused with white wine, and let them simmer for a few more minutes. That makes for a nice sauce, gravy, whatever. I don’t thicken it, but I suppose you could.
As for the potatoes, I made them like I always do: slice them in the middle, stick a sprig of rosemary in the slash, and coat the skin in olive oil. Then roast in the oven (200ºC) for about an hour. Well, half an hour plus the time I need to prep and get the pork chops done.
It’s really not cuisine, but normal people food, but it’s the sort of food that I like.
Last night was an old stand-by: quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, veg stock, jalapenos & garlic, cilantro, lots of freshly-ground spices. Add fresh avocado on top to serve. Simple, one pan, covers all the nutritional bases.
In the film “Fires on the Plain”, monkey-meat was a euphemism for people meat. Just saying.
Just made this yesterday and it is nearly impossible to screw up
Simmered Pork Belly (Buta no Kakuni)
1.5 to 2 lbs of skinless pork belly (can substitute pork butt or boneless ribs)
2 inches of ginger, peeled cut into small pieces
A bunch of scallions cut in large pieces
2 cups of water
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup of sake (or dry white wine)
1/4 cup of sugar
Cut pork belly to thick chunks (about 2" thick), ginger and scallions in pressure cooker. Add enough water to cover meat.
Cook for 30-40 minutes (the longer it goes, the more tender it gets)
Take pork out of the pressure cooker, discard water, scallions and ginger
In a pot place all the sauce ingredients. Simmer the pork in the sauce at medium heat until the sauce is nearly gone.
Last night: Baked (microwaved) potato, garlic, a little maldon salt, remnants of persian fetta, “Asian” salad mix (corn, cabbage, green leaves of some kind) on top, two spoonsful plain greek yoghurt over everything. Devour. Enjoy!
My housemates are both perpetually dieting (and it helps me too) so in frigid winter months I make this recipe a lot. It’s very flexible, throw any sort of veggies in there. This is easily two days’ worth of food for three big guys.
Cheap easy diet-friendly nearly-zero-points veggie chili
Chop up an onion, two bell peppers, garlic, and two jalapeños (or other chile pepper, poblanos are good) and sauté in a big pot or dutch oven until softened.
Mix in two big cans (48 oz total) of crushed tomatoes and four normal cans of any kind of beans.
Mix in a can (or frozen bag) of corn and a package of fresh mushrooms.
Season it up with chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano. Add cayenne or red pepper flakes to taste & desired heat level.
Add two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and bring it to a boil. Simmer and stir until it thickens.
Add about half of a semisweet very dark chocolate bar (about 2 oz) chopped into chunks and stir until it’s melted in.