It was a fantastic weekend. It just felt really productive and it was fun to hang out with the kids after our holiday. The meds for the fibro have started to work so I feel like I’m on a roll now. And gathering steam!
The weather was perfect and no forecast of frost so it was time to clear out the house of the multitude of seedlings we have growing. It can be hard to time when to start them because we have no idea when the danger of frost has past. It can be the beginning of April or the end of May. We got most of it planted and we’re just left with the tomatoes. I was playing it safe in case the weather people were wrong. Which never happens. Ahem.
I was also in crazy baking mode. I found some burratta at the shops and wanted to do an Italian night with the kids so I made ciabatta and chopped up fresh tomatoes to go with the burratta as a starter. I also made brioche and shortbread which I’ll be posting about soon.
I flipped through the cookery book that I have by Marcella Hazan and she had a recipe with white wine and sage for pork ribs. I used it as an inspiration though the only two ingredients I used was the white wine and the sage. I had a pork loin to cook for this.
We have discovered that my son, who hates mushrooms, is ok with oyster mushrooms. So we found some nice fresh mushrooms to pair with the fresh sage. I chopped enough mushrooms to make up a cups’ worth. I also finely chopped 3-4 cloves of garlic and a handful of fresh sage.
In a skillet heat up a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Season the pork with sea salt and pepper. Brown all sides.
Finish it off in the oven at 350F/175C. In the skillet add a bit more olive oil and the mushrooms. Saute for a few minutes then add the garlic.
Once the mushrooms have browned a bit add 3/4 cup of dry white wine and 1/2 a cup of chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and add the sage. After the sauce has reduced by a third season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
I also made a mash with potato and parsnip. To dish up add the mash and topped with sliced pork and the sauce.
I felt the sage was a strong flavour so I would back off the sage a bit for myself but my family all thought different. Funny how taste buds work!