Thursday, 27 October 2011

Thursday Night Mean Only One Thing - Pork Chop Night

Sometimes when writing a food blog you forget about the everyday food that a majority of people eat most days in the UK. I've listed recipes that I have made for the first time, and recipes that are from around the globe and I haven't written about a typical English evening meal of meat, potatoes with two veg, which was the kind of food I was mainly brought up on as a kid.

Well today is Thursday which means only one dish can be had were we to believe Homer Simpson! Pork chop night and that is exactly what I am having as a tribute to him. Homer loves the way Marge cooks his favourite dinner, which she puts down to throwing a mixture of different herbs on the pork. As we never actually find out what Marge puts on his chops I have added some ' A. Vogel's Herbamare Original,' which is a herbal salt as a tribute to her.

Apple Sauce
2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tsp sugar
juice of half a lemon

Main Course
2 pork chops
A. Vogel Herbamare Original
potatoes – enough for 2 for mashing (this varies depending on your appetite)
2 different vegetables – we had broccoli and cabbage
Serves 2

Put the chopped apples into a pan and add the sugar and lemon juice and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the apples have broken down to a thick sauce

Preheat the grill to medium, add pepper and the herb salt to both sides of the chops and place in the grill cook for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally and keep an eye that they don't burn.

Chop the potatoes and add to cold water and boil for 15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked. To tell if they are, press in a fork and if the potatoes slide off they are cooked. After 7 minutes put a sieve on top of the potatoes and put the vegetables in the sieve and steam. Once all cooked, mash the potatoes with butter and serve.

NB. I don't always peel the potatoes as it add flavour to the mash (it also has higher dietary fibre, as well as vitamins and minerals) and I don't add salt to the water. If you want salt, add it when eating it. If you don't want to add butter to your mashed potatoes you can add extra virgin olive oil which adds a different dimension to the taste.

It's not always easy to get hold of the Herbamare, so you can either buy it from my online shopping page or click the link below. This can be used as seasoning on any meat and in soups, casseroles and stews.

Herbamare Herb Sea Salt

ps. I am aware that my picture (at the top) only shows 1 vegetable, I forgot to serve the vegetable up, d'oh (as Homer would say)

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