New Recipes, Pork

Smoked Paprika Pork (£1.84 per portion)

 

Lots of things have happened lately in our household, Flipper has been diagnosed with moderate hearing loss on both ears and requires hearing aids. It was a it of a shock. He can hear but everything is slightly unclear to him. Luckily, we have discovered this early so we can start to intervene and hopefully by the time he reaches school age he will be ok, to express himself. However, he probably will need extra help throughout childhood.

Because of his diagnosis we have started on British Sign Language and Makaton, luckily, Blip loves watching Mr Tumble and to sign with his “baby”. Continue reading “Smoked Paprika Pork (£1.84 per portion)”

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Danish Breaded Meatballs – Karbonader, (57p per meatball)

Not sure we got an expression for it here in the UK, but in Denmark there is certain types of food we call for Grandma Food (Mormor Mad). This is typically traditional Danish dishes that our grandparents used to make or food that the younger generation got a lovely memory of being served as a child.

It’s not a specific meal but loads of different meals and everyone got their own favourites. For me, one of the dishes I remember with great fondness is Karbonader or Danish Breaded Meatballs. It wasn’t my grandma who I remember cooking it, but my lovely Aunt Sonja and my Dads Sister Ingrid. I still can remember visiting my Uncle and Aunt and stepping into the kitchen where a frying pan with Karbonader being cooked and an amazing aroma that came from it. I used to long for the food Sonja cooked and it was always a pleasure to visit, not only for the food obviously but also for the company.

Often when I visited, I would go with my uncle to the farm and see the cows coming in and being milked, it was lots of fun. I remember tasting the fresh milk straight from the cow, it was still warm and delicious! we would be allowed to feed the animals and see how they went from calves to full grown cows; it was an amazing experience. When we were finished being outside, we were starving and ready for dinner time!

I seem to remember that my Aunties Karbonader was served with new boiled potatoes and a delicious brown sauce. However, I also loved when it was served with a warm sweet and sour potato salad. Which is what I served it with for my boys, together with sweet corns, peas and carrots and some pickled beetroots and a lemon wedge.

Most of my meals seems to have sweetcorn, peas and carrots in fairness. Just because I know both boys like those vegetables and therefore will eat them quite happily. I like to ensure that they get enough vegetables as its full of vitamins.

Now, I must add this is probably not the healthiest recipe as its breaded and fried in oil and butter… but please try it as its yummy. I know there is quite a few different recipes for karbonader, however, this is mine. Both Flipper and Blip ate the meat and vegetables, but neither was keen on the potato salad. Luckily, I had a leftover Yorkshire pudding and some garlic bread for them on the side. But at least they tried it.

I make mine a bit smaller than they normally should be, as neither of my boys could eat that much meat and I would struggle as well. Normally its 300g of meat to two kabonader. So Instead of getting five Karbonader out of my 750g meat, I made 7.

Danish Breaded Meatballs (Karbonader)

Feeds 4 -6 adults

Ingredients:

750g Mixed Beef and Pork Mince
3 Tbsp flour
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp Oil
2 Tbsp Salted Butter
300 Ml Breadcrumbs (preferable coarse breadcrumbs)
Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Crack the eggs and whisk them in a bowl.
  2. Form the meatballs (if you have bought the beef and pork mince separately, you should mix it together before forming the meatballs).
  3. Season the meatball generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
  4. Then dip the meatballs first in flour then into the egg mixture and lastly into the breadcrumbs. Put on a plate until you have formed them all.
  5. Now heat the butter and oil on a large frying pan, and when warm brown each of the Karbonader for about 1 minute on each side. Then turn the heat down to medium heat and finish cooking them for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until finished. (this depends on the size of the meatballs).
  6. Best enjoyed straight away.

Bon Appetite as my grandad would have said.

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per April 2019).

I used Aldi’s Mince as they had a combination off both and was reduced. I also use my own breadcrumbs, simply made with any stale bread I got and then kept in my freezer until needed.

Ingredients:

Pork mince (£1.99/500g)x375g= £1.50
Beef Mince (£1.49/500g)x375g = £1.12
Flour (0.45/1500g)x10g= 1p
Eggs = 16p
Oil (£3.50/5000)x30ml =3p
Butter = £1.50/250g)x30g =18p
Breadcrumbs (preferable coarse breadcrumbs) (0.80/2)= 40p
Salt and pepper 2p

Total cost = £3.42
Per portion (£3.42/6) = £0.57 per portion

 

Danish, Pork

Pork with Apples (Æbleflæsk) – comfort food (£2.04 per portion)

It’s autumn and the weather here in the UK is cold and miserable, I’m in need of comfort food. For me, comfort food is not one type of food, it can be any type of food. For me to be comfort food it must make me feel nice, warm and happy and full. It certainly does not need to be complicated cooking, as long as it is tasty I’m happy. Sometimes, I may crave spicy food, other times Danish food, or sometimes something totally different.

Yesterday, I decided to make a traditional Danish dish Æbleflæsk or as I would have pronounced it in my local dialect as a child Æwlflæsk. The reason I suddenly had a craving for this dish was that someone on one of the food groups I follow on the internet asked what she should use her cooking apples for and then this popped to my mind. I knew I had to make it, I could not get it out of my mind. Continue reading “Pork with Apples (Æbleflæsk) – comfort food (£2.04 per portion)”

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Cheats “Pulled pork” (84p per person) – The freezer challenge!

The freezer challenge!

As you know I’m expecting Baby “Flipper”, hopefully soon! I’m 37 weeks and finally I seem to have some better days, less sickness and I’m able to enjoy pregnancy a bit more (finally). However, this also means I suddenly realised that there are certain things I would like to have done before the baby is here. A lot of things I have left too late though.

But one of the things I would love to get done is sorting out my freezers a bit, I got lots of lovely bits and bobs in it, and some unmarked weird things. So, for the next couple of weeks I’m planning to do my freezer challenge, which means, using up whatever is in the freezer.

Now, when I was digging around the freezer yesterday I found a big gammon steak, but only enough for 1 person really. Now, normally I love gammon steaks with pineapple, but just for me, I couldn’t really be bothered to do that, especially as it would mean I would have to make 2 different dishes for me and husband (Toddler “Blip” would just have the same as me).

On the other hand, I love pulled pork and so does the husband, so I decided to do a cheats pulled pork in the slow cooker, it turned out lovely. Also, was nice that it was just enough for the two of us, normally, I make a huge portion, but then we need to freeze it again. I definitely would do this again. I had it in a burger bun (from the freezer), but forgot to take a picture – sorry being pregnant make me impatient at times. The husband had it in a low carb bun.


Toddler “Blip” tried it, but it was a bit on the spicy side for him.

Cheats “Pulled pork”

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 large Gammon Steak
1 Medium Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
Small bunch Coriander, incl. stalks
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 tsp, Hot Chilli Sauce
1 tbsp, Tomato Ketchup
1 Teaspoon Cumin
1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
50 ml Water

Method:

Put the gammon steak in the slow cooker, with enough water to cover it, cook for around 1 hour on high. Then take out the gammon steak, throw out the water and replace with new water, cook for another hour, but on medium.

Now, throw out the water again, check the gammon, it should be soft so you can easily shred it with two forks.

In another pan, add the oil, together with a thinly sliced onion, finely chopped coriander stalk and the finely chopped garlic until nice and soft, now add the chilli sauce, ketchup, water, cumin and smoked paprika, and cook it down to a sticky consistency.

Add the pulled gammon to the bbq sauce, and mix it well together, and add the remaining coriander to the mixture. Give the mixture a taste and add salt and pepper if needed, I like to add this at the end as gammon is very salty in itself.

The mixture is brilliant either in a burger bun, or in a big salad leaf…

Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per July 2017)

Ingredients:

Gammon steak £1.00
Onion 10p
Garlic cloves 6p
Coriander 20p
Vegetable oil 1p
Hot Chilli Sauce 8p
Tomato Ketchup 2p
Cumin 10p
Smoked Paprika 10p
Total price: £1.67  (per portion 84p)

 

 

 

Asian, Pork, Thai

Left over Thai mince, turned into delicious lunch

So yesterday, we made the build it yourself Thai Wraps, the portion was for 4 people, as we currently are only 2 adults, 1 Toddler Blip and still waiting on Baby Flipper to make his arrival it was way too much for us all.

So, what to do with the leftovers, well, my husband wanted the wraps with him for lunch, and made four. Which he packed up in his lunch box. Toddler Blip was going to nursery and had food there so it was only me left. There was still a large amount of cooked mince left probably around ¼ of the portion from yesterday, and a portion of coriander, chilli, spring onions, crushed peanuts and radishes, and a bowl of the cooked rice noodles I cooked for mainly Toddler Blip to have with the mince the day before.

Therefore, for my lunch, I decided to make spicy rice noodle lunch… All I needed to add was some finely sliced and fried garlic to the dish and some sliced lime. If we were two who should have eaten it, I would have added whatever vegetables laying around in fridge, freezer… you could use mushrooms, normal onions, corns etc…. or to double the portion quickly just use a big handful of beansprouts….

You could obviously, make this without the leftovers, so if you just fancied the Thai Rice noodles as a complete dish, all you do is make the Thai mince from previous recipe, then cook enough rice noodles for 4 people. If you cooked this from scratch, you should ensure to cool the rice noodles, and the recipe would probably stretch to 6 people instead of 4 as the rice noodles fills you up more than the salad leaves.

It was delicious, and a lovely way to ensure that the leftovers was used.

Leftover Thai noodles
Serves 1 (easily doubled)

Ingredients:
¼ of the leftover Thai mince
Rice noodles, enough for 1 person (approximately 50p), cooled and cooked
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
2 tsp chilli, finely sliced
1 tbsp spring onion, finely sliced
1 tbsp coriander, chopped
1-2 radishes, finely sliced
1 tbsp peanuts, finely chopped.
2 teaspoons hot chilli oil
1 slice lime

Method:
Firstly, make sure that all the ingredients, are chopped and ready to be used in the cooking. This is a very quick dish to make. You don’t have time to do preparation in between.

In a non-stick pan, add the leftover Thai mince and warm through on a high, put aside in a dish and keep warm.

Now add the Chilli oil to the pan warm up and add the finely sliced garlic and chilli to the pan, fry it on to the garlic is crisp but not burned.

Then add the cooled cooked noodles and quickly warm through, it takes only a minute or two.

Now add the mince back into the pan, and mix it through with the rice noodles. Turn off the heat, and add the spring onions, coriander and radishes.

Put it in either a bowl or plate, add the peanuts and serve with the sliced lime and eat.


Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per July 2017). Remember to shop around you can get a lot of these products even cheaper. Especially Asian grocery stores etc. Also, I now grow my own coriander and chili at home. But then, not everyone has this option.  

Thai mince, £1.04p (see the calculation on yesterdays post)
Garlic 6p
Coriander 25p
Radishes 10p (based on 12 in a 58p bag)
Chilli 7p (based on 3 in a 60p bag – needing around 1/3 of a full chilli)
Chilli oil 10p
Peanuts 10p
Lime slice 4p
Rice noodles 25p
Spring onion 10p

Total cost £2.11 for lunch…

 

 

Asian, Pork, Thai

Thai “build it yourself” pork mince wraps


A few weeks ago, I was lucky to pick up some reduced packets of Pork mince from Waitrose, 99p for 500g. I got two packets which I put straight in the freezer when I came home. Reduced items are a brilliant way of saving a bit of cash on your shopping. But only if you need it or definitely are going to use it. Often, I go to the shops and see something I would never use or normally buy, in that case, what is the point? if I buy it just because its reduced and then I throw it in the bin, I have wasted money.


In this case, I didn’t really know what I was going to do with the pork mince. What I did know was that I didn’t fancy anything normal, like meat balls etc. On top of that, because, the husband is still doing the low carb diet, it needed to fit in with that. Doing a lot of searching on the internet, I found some interesting recipes for Thai mince. But loads of them was served with rice, or with ingredients I didn’t have at home. Therefore, I have amended it to fit in with what we got at home and what we would eat. Also. I made it a bit More kid friendly so everyone could put their own wraps together. 


Even Toddler Blip tried it!!

 

Build it yourself Thai wraps
Serves 4

Ingredients
500g Pork Mince
½ tbsp Sugar
1 White onion, finely chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
Thumb sized piece of Ginger, grated
1 Lime, juice and zest
1 Red Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
50g Creamed Coconut
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
4 Tbsp Soy Sauce
Small bunch of Mint, finely chopped

Garnish optional
Salted Peanuts, chopped
Fresh Coriander, chopped
Red Chilli, sliced
Julienned carrots
Sliced radishes
Finely chopped spring onions
Homemade chilli oil.

Serving Suggestion
Lettuce leaves, white rice or rice noodles.


Method
:

  1. Start by preparing the vegetables by grating, crushing and chopping all the vegetables for the mince.
  2. Over a high heat fry the pork mince in a wok along with the sugar, when cooked through, remove the mince and set aside.
  3. Depending on how much pork fat is left in the pan, you may want to add some more oil, then turn down the heat to medium and fry the onion, garlic, chilli and lime juice and zest for a couple of minutes until fragrant.
  4. Now return the mince to the wok and stir to combine.
  5. Add the creamed coconut and allow it to melt down before adding the fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Cook for a further 10 Minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. I like to serve the meat separately in a bowl, then all the lettuce, and toppings separately. That way every one can assemble their own food. This especially works well with my toddler.

Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said.

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (July 2017), obviously the price will vary depending on the toppings you choose, and the main serving.. Hence, I have only costed the meat

Pork Mince £1.89 Sugar 5p
White onion 16p
Garlic Cloves 9p
Ginger 10p
Lime 35p
Red Chilli 20p
Creamed Coconut 25p
Fish Sauce 4p
Rice Vinegar 42p
Soy Sauce 25p
Mint 35p

Total cost £4.15without garnish or main ingredients