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Mild Sweet and Sour Pork

ooooh, I have been waiting to make this meal for a while now, and yes yes it was worth the wait, delicious! So am trying, yes trying to cut down on the fatty side of pork, because am gaining a little bit of weight. Honestly, I’ve never understood what benefit or lack of, pork has to the human body. I just know it smells divine on a frying pan. So anyone out there who wishes to educate me, please do feel free.

Sweet and sour has always been two of my favorite words in one sentence, something that has a bit of hot and sweet to balance off your palates, now what more could one ask for! Since the first time I tasted sweet and sour sauce, I was sold out, sadly though no other sauce with the same name has ever matched that first love encounter. Umh I think it was at the Intercontinental, someone give me that recipe, pleeeeeaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeee!

Anyway to serious business, found this recipe and had to try it out. This time round, I was good at taking pictures so basically you’ll see the steps or outcome of steps (no didn’t take detailed ingredient pictures, working on that though 🙂 )

Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin (no fat) Ingredients:
For the sauce:
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar ( I used regular white vinegar, just a bit)
fresh pineapple juice ( buy a fresh one and squeeze out juice, about 1/2 a cup)
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 teaspoons Wapambe hot chili sauce (Call me for this sauce, very hooooooooooooooot)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Mix all the above ingredients into a bowl, except the water/chicken broth

Sauce

For the pork:
500gms pork tenderloin, trimmed, cut, flattened with meat tenderizer
salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon butter
1 cup pineapple chunks
1/4 cup water or chicken broth to thin sauce

Steps

Tenderize the pork and season with salt and pepper

Heat pan on high, add oil and once ready place your pork and reduce heat to medium high sear pork for about 5 min on both sides

Pork Pan fried

Set pork aside

Seared Pork

 

Add butter on the same pan, place your pineapple chunks, stir for around 4 mins

Pineapple chunks

Add the sauce and stir for another 3-4 mins, then add in chilli flakes or powder and the garlic paste and let it simmer for about 6 min, adding a bit of water or chicken broth so that the sauce doesn’t thicken too much. Once ready add in your pork

Sweet bubbly Pork

Once you are happy with your cooked pork turn off the heat and serve with your choice of side dish, rice, fries, mashed or roast potatoes etc. I served mine with creamy creamy yummy spinach and mashed potatoes, delicious!

Delicious Pork

Enjoy!
 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Pork

 

Traditional Delicacy!

The meal that took the price as a warming food was managu, ugali and fried pork, yum! The pork was bought for another day but it ended up being part of the day’s meal and boy did we enjoy it. Am a very outspoken supporter of ‘don’t cook pork meat in watery stew’ campaign.

So what I did was pan fry the pork, do NOT add oil, just let it sizzle in its own fat, because you want that fat out. Then once it is well and good take out the pork from pan, leave oil in pan, you can use it for whatever you want later on.

          

Then do the onion frying, add garlic/ginger and tomatoes. Once that mix is good and cooked add your pork and a little salt, remember pork can be salty as well. Then add a little hot water and let it simmer. Allow it to simmer to a thick stew as in picture.

The managu (this is a wild vegetable, similar to Kale, but more nutritious) on the other hand, was boiled a bit, I poured out the water, well this is only to remove a bit of the bitterness, we are sternly told that that water has the nutrients, urgh! Moving right along (before am accosted by a nutritionist) I fried an onion and added one tomato and added the managu once the tomatoes were done, then the magic ingredient, sour milk (mala), you can use cream or milk if you have none of the aforementioned, but the sourness of milk does justice to managu. Let it cook in low medium heat for a while, the longer it cooks the sweeter it becomes. That meal was fantabulous, try it out.
Serve with rice if you are unable to make or get Ugali, which is our staple food here in Kenya.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Pork

 

grilling pork in the microwave

Wow okay, so we don’t eat a lot of starch and meats, being healthy is top on my (yes my) list, and through out the week the menu is on healthy foods. But weekends, well lets just say, having had a long hard week, it definitely pays off to eat ‘happy foods’, lol! To the utter joy of my hubby. Anyway, the other day I wanted to experiment on pork (am loving pork everyday). So I will try to put the ingredients, you can measure accordingly, depending on the size of your pork. NOTE: use reasonable and appropriate ingredients. Oh just to mention, tried to make Grilled smoked Pork on our Microwave (that has Grill option) and it didn’t go as planned, next time it shall, so ended up pan frying the pork.

What was to be Grill Smoked Pork Ingredients;

Brown Sugar

Honey

Lemon Juice

Vegetable Oil

Red pepper flakes or Chilli Powder

Step one is to marinate the pork in all the above ingredients and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once ready to cook, you can either grill or pan fry on a non-stick pan. I never add oil to the pan, just let the pork sizzle in its own fat.

Mashed Potatoes

Buy potatoes, peel and boil in salty water.

Once tender pour out water and add, cream or milk, butter, black pepper a bit of chilli powder lemon juice coriander (dhania) if you wish and mash it all up.

Peas

Boil them and either fry with onions and butter OR fry onion in vegetable oil add tomatoes and the cooked peas and allow stew to simmer in medium heat.

All done simple and fun, serve and enjoy!

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Pork

 
 
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