Disappointing Pigs and Yummy Strawberries

I have been really looking forward to making Pig in a Pot!  It’s not just because I love the name and I do. It’s not because it came from the weird tv series ‘Come Dine with Me’ which I love, but because it looked yummy.  I was disappointed…I think I used the wrong part of the pig, because on tv it all fell apart wonderfully on the fork and mine didn’t.   Andy and the kids loved it though so maybe it was just me.   The red cabbage was good! 

Pig in a Pot 

Serves 4 

Ingredients 

  • 25g butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium swede, peeled and cut into roughly 2.5cm pieces  (I don’t like swede so I conveniently forgot about this bit….)
  • 150ml white wine
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple sauce
  • 4 lean pork steaks
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves

For the red cabbage 

  • 25g butter
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 small red cabbage, halved, cored and finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 2 eating apples, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. The red cabbage is best made the day before eating. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and fry gently until well softened, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, cabbage, sugar and plenty of salt and pepper. Fry for a couple of minutes, then pour over the vinegar and stir vigorously. 

2. Add the vegetable stock, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring now and then. Remove the lid, stir in the sliced apples and simmer the cabbage for a further 10-15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Leave to cool, then cover and chill until required. Reheat gently, adding a little extra stock if necessary. 

3. To prepare the pork, melt the butter in a flame-proof casserole or shallow, ovenproof saucepan and gently fry the onion and swede until beginning to soften, stirring regularly. 

4. Add the wine, sugar and apple sauce. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat slightly and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. 

5. Push the vegetables into a pile at the edge of the pan, add the pork steaks and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes. Pour over the stock, add the bay leaves and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid. Put in the centre of the oven and cook for 1¾-2 hours at 170°C/gas mark 3.   (I stuck mine in the crock pot). 

6. 10 minutes before the pork is ready, reheat the cabbage, stirring regularly. Divide the cabbage between four warmed plates. Top with the pork and vegetables, spooning over the hot vegetable liquor, and serve. 

At this time of year the strawberries are fantastic and I like to dip them in chocolate.   I know chocolate is not very healthy but there is relatively little on the fruit and the fruit is healthy right?  Of course I like to triple dip my strawberries…. 

Just beautiful...

 

The smile says it all

 

don't tell her it's healthy

 

Bruce Willis wants to be healthy too...

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