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keeping well! We are getting a bit worried, it's nearly mid June and we
have had no cold weather to speak of yet! Will it be a mild winter or are
there some surprises waiting for us?
I was reminded
recently of a childhood favourite dish, Welsh Rarebit. My mom used to make
the yummiest cheese sauce that I smothered at least two slices of toast
with and ended up with a most enjoyable supper! Here is a basic recipe
from my favourite food site
250 ml mature Cheddar cheese, grated
30 ml butter
15 ml Worcestershire sauce
15 ml pesto
30 ml dry white wine
4 slices wholewheat toast
Mix together the cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce, pesto and wine.
Spread the mixture over the toast and pop under a hot grill for a minute
or so until the mixture melts and singes in places. Eat piping hot.
What's the fastest way to a man's heart?
Through his chest with a sharp knife.
Pork will be the theme
of this newsletter. I just love to bbq pork chops. With the fatty bits
crisped nothing can beat the taste!
You have all heard the
expression "Pork...The Other White Meat" and while it is a crafty slogan,
it is more than true. Pork is lean (yes, and more so depending on the
cut), versatile and mildly flavored so it can be used in nearly every
cuisine in a myriad of preparations. We chose to feature pork recipes this
week for two reasons. First reason is that we have never had a week of
pork recipes in the four plus years we have been publishing this Recipe
Club and reason number two is that pork has played important roles in our
Pork in History: That the Ancient Chinese were so loath to be separated
from fresh pork that the departed were sometimes accompanied to the grave
with their herd of hogs.
Pork in Politics: During the war of 1812, a New York pork packer named
Uncle Sam Wilson shipped a boatload of several hundred barrels of pork to
U.S. troops. Each barrel was stamped "U.S." on the docks, and it was
quickly said that the "U.S." stood for "Uncle Sam," whose large shipment
seemed to be enough to feed the entire army. This is how "Uncle Sam" came
to represent the U.S. Government.
Pork in the "Big City": Free-roaming hogs were famous for rampaging
through the valuable grain fields of colonial New York City farmers. The
Manhattan Island residents chose to block the troublesome hogs with a
long, permanent wall on the northern edge of what is now Lower Manhattan.
A street came to border this wall -- named aptly enough, Wall Street.
Pork in the Military: Enlisted men in the U.S. Army, received shoulder and
leg cuts of pork while officers received the top loin cuts. So "living
high on the hog" came to mean living well.
See what I mean?
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In Chinese mythology, the pig is a symbol of honesty, tolerance,
initiative and diligence.
In Austria, suckling pig is the traditional dinner for New Year’s Day and
is said to symbolize good luck. Often the New Year’s table also is
decorated with miniature pigs made of marzipan, maple sugar or chocolate.
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of herbs and in particular cayenne. I did some research and came across
some interesting facts, scroll down to the Herb section for more!
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Herb Section -
believe that Cayenne is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb
kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also for the heart
and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases the
effectiveness of other herbs when used with them.
Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb. It is a very high source of
Vitamins A & C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic
calcium and potassium, which is one of the reasons it is good for the
Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action
in the intestines. It aids elimination and assimilation, and helps the
body to create hydrochloric acid, which is so necessary for good digestion
and assimilation, especially of proteins. All this becomes very
significant when we realize that the digestive system plays the most
important role in mental, emotional and physical health, as it is through
the digestive system that the brain, glands, muscles and every other part
of the body are fed.
Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds. For
example, when a 90-year-old man in Oregon had a severe heart attack, his
daughter was able to get Cayenne extract into his mouth. He was pronounced
dead by the medics, but within a few minutes, he regained consciousness.
On the way to the hospital, he remained in a
semi-conscious state, but the daughter kept giving him the Cayenne
extract. By the time they got to the hospital, he had fully recovered and
wanted to go home and mow the lawn. The doctor asked what she had given
him, as he said it was the closest thing to a miracle he had ever seen.
If a heart attack should occur, it is suggested that a teaspoon of extract
be given every 15 minutes or a teaspoon of Cayenne in a glass of hot water
be taken until the crisis has passed. Dr. Anderson also knew of a doctor
who rushed out into the parking lot and put cayenne tincture into the
mouth of a man who had died of a heart attack while he was parking his
car. Within a few minutes, the man’s heart starting beating again.
According to Dr. Richard Anderson, using cayenne and hawthorn berries
together has a most incredible effect upon the heart. He believes that a
regimen of cayenne and hawthorn berries for several months will greatly
strengthen the heart, and possibly prevent heart attacks. He states
further that if an attack were to occur in someone who had followed this
regimen, chances are very good that no damage would occur.
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Pork Pot Stickers
2 cups chopped napa cabbage
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 pound ground pork, (not lean pork, the fat is good for juicy and
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1 cup chicken stock, (or up to 2 cups)
Pot Sticker Dough:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups boiling water, (or up to 1 3/4 cups)
Spicy Dipping Sauce:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup sliced scallions
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Oriental chile paste
Sprinkle cabbage with the 1/2 tablespoon of salt and let stand for 30
minutes. Place the cabbage in a strainer or on a piece of cheesecloth and
squeeze out any water. You want the cabbage as dry as possible. In a large
bowl thoroughly mix the cabbage with all of the other ingredients, except
the chicken stock. Taste a bite or two to check for seasoning.
Pot Sticker Dough:
In a bowl, mix flour and salt. Slowly add hot water to flour in 1/4-cup
increments. Mix until a ball is formed and the dough is not too hot to
On a floured surface, knead dough until it becomes a smooth, elastic ball.
Place back in bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rest for at least
Working on a floured surface with floured hands, roll out dough to 1-inch
in diameter. Cut 1/2-inch pieces and turn them over so the cut sides are
facing up. Flatten with your palm and roll out thin using a rolling pin.
The dumpling wrapper should end up about 3 inches in diameter.
Assemble the Dumplings:
Place a small mound of filling in the middle of the wrapper leaving the
edges clear of any of the filling. Fold the wrapper in half to form a half
moon shape. Starting on one end fold/pinch the wrapper tightly together
working your way in this manner to the opposite end and the dumpling is
completely sealed. Set the dumplings with the folded edges straight up.
Cooking the Dumplings:
In a hot sauté pan coated well with oil, place pot stickers flat-side down
and cook until the bottom is browned. Have pan cover ready and add 1 cup
of chicken stock, cover immediately. Be careful, the liquid will splatter!
The stock will steam the pot stickers. Check them in 5 minutes as more
stock may be needed. The trick here is that once the dumplings are firm
and fully cooked the stock will evaporate and the bottoms will crisp-up
Spicy Dipping Sauce:
Combine all and serve in a small bowl on the side.
Pork and Seafood
3 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder; cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cups dry red wine
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
2 cans tomato sauce, (8-ounce)
18 uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
12 fresh littleneck clams in shells, scrubbed
1/3 cup Kalamata olives
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Make a marinade with the red wine, garlic and crushed red pepper. Pour
over the pork, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Transfer the pork and marinade to a large saucepan. Add paprika and 1
teaspoon salt. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until
pork is tender, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. (Pork can be prepared 1 day
ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before continuing.)
Add tomato sauce, shrimp and clams to pork. Cover and boil until shrimp
are cooked through and clams open, about 5 to 6 minutes. Discard any clams
that do not open.
Transfer stew to large bowl. Garnish with olives and parsley and serve.
Sweet and Sour
Pineapple Pork Kebabs
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried hot red pepper flakes
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless trimmed pork shoulder or pork loin, cut in 1-inch
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon oriental sesame oil
one 4-pound pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into thirty 3/4-inch-thick
ten 10-inch wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
In a large bowl whisk together the red-wine vinegar, the garlic paste, and
the red pepper flakes. Add the vegetable oil in a stream and whisk until
it is emulsified. Add the pork, stirring to coat it with the marinade and
let it marinate, covered and chilled, for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
In a bowl whisk together the ketchup, the distilled vinegar, the sugar,
the soy sauce, the salt and the sesame oil until the sugar is dissolved
and reserve the sauce.
Drain the pork, reserving the marinade, and thread it and the pineapple,
alternating them, onto the skewers, using 4 pieces of pork and 3 pieces of
pineapple on each skewer. Brush the kebabs with some of the reserved
marinade and grill them on a rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals,
basting them for the first 10 minutes with the reserved marinade and
turning them, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pork is just cooked
through but still juicy. Brush the kebabs with the reserved sweet-and sour
sauce and grill, turning them, for 2 minutes more. (Discard any remaining
marinade; do not serve it as an accompaniment.)
Pork with Potato
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, thickly sliced
2 small red or green bell peppers, sliced
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoons dry jerk seasoning, or to taste
about 1 inch ginger root
one 16 ounce can tomatoes
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 large ripe mangoes, pitted, peeled, and sliced
Place the flour in a plastic bag and add the pork cubes. Toss to coat the
meat with flour.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Add the pork and sauté for approximately 5
minutes. Add the onion and bell peppers and sauté for 3 more minutes. Stir
in the curry, jerk seasoning and ginger. Cook and stir constantly for 1
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock and potatoes. Stir well to mix, then
cook for 15 minutes over low heat. Add the mango slices and continue to
cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
Serve with rice.
Pork Chops with
Crust of Onions
4 large center-cut pork chops
salt and freshly ground white pepper
5 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon (or 1 teaspoon dried)
4 cups chopped onions
thyme (fresh or dried)
2/3 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup chicken stock
2/3 cup fresh homemade bread crumbs
2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan
Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper. Melt 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a
large heavy frying pan over medium-high heat and brown chops on both
sides, turning frequently, so they do not stick. Remove from pan, sprinkle
with tarragon, cover and keep warm.
Add another tablespoon of butter to the pan drippings and sauté onions for
3 minutes or until soft and golden. Spread 2/3 of the onions in the bottom
of a shallow casserole, arrange chops, tarragon-side down on top. Sprinkle
lightly with thyme and cover with remaining onions.
Pour wine into the pan and bring to a boil. Add chicken stock, return to
the boil and cook until liquid is reduced to about 2/3 of a cup. Pour
mixture over chops.
Combine bread crumbs and cheese, spread over onions and chops. Melt
remaining 2 tablespoons butter and drizzle it over the crumbs. Bake at 400
degrees for 30 minutes.
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Pork in Hot and
Spicy Cayenne Sauce (Vindaloo)
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder or leg
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
10 dry red chili peppers
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/3 cup coconut or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
5 tablespoons mustard oil or olive oil
one 3 inch cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves
1 cup finely chopped onions
1 tablespoon grated or crushed fresh ginger
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon palm sugar or maple syrup
1 cup water
Trim all visible fat off the pork and cut into 1-inch cubes and place in a
Combine coriander, cumin, mustard and chilies, grind into a fine powder
and transfer into a measuring cup. Add turmeric, vinegar and garlic and
mix. Pour the marinade over the pork and rub well. Cover and refrigerate
Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat until
hot. Add the cinnamon, cloves, onions and ginger. Cook until the onions
are very soft - do not let them brown - about 5 minutes. Remove pork from
the refrigerator and drain, reserving the liquid. Add pork to the onion
mixture and cook until the meat is lightly seared. Add paprika, palm
sugar, water, salt and the reserved liquid and bring the contents to a
boil. Simmer pork for 1 1/2 hours or until very tender. Serve vindaloo
with plain or coconut rice.