Sometimes it’s good to be lucky. I was scrolling through Facebook, as you do, and saw something about Eddie Izzard coming to New Hampshire. I thought I wasn’t reading that right as why would someone who did Wembley do a small theatre? But lo and behold, it was true! And it was brilliant.
He has always done really funny stuff but he has definitely progressed into a much more thoughtful dialog while using history to illustrate his point. In a hilarious way of course but he got his view across. And he did Q & A afterwards. It was a fabulous evening. My favourite quote was “I believe in human beings”. What a lovely sentiment.
I did find time to cook this weekend. When I went food shopping I found some quinoa on sale (who doesn’t like a sale?) and bok choi. I also found some pork ribs which would go great with homemade mustard. I recently made some without the chili so it would go well with this dish.
The quinoa itself is really easy to make, only takes about 15 minutes. Make it according to the package. Thinly spread mustard on both sides of the pork ribs. You don’t want it too thick otherwise it can overwhelm the dish. If you think it will you can always mix the mustard with some olive oil and white wine vinegar. Set the pork aside. In a skillet, heat up a tablespoon or so of olive oil and add a few mushrooms that have been chopped and a couple of garlic cloves that have been finely chopped. Add some fresh thyme and season with sea salt and pepper.
Once the mushrooms start browning add a quarter cup of dry sherry and half a cup of chicken stock. Bring to a simmer.
Chop up the stems of the bok choi and add it to the skillet. Add the quinoa. Allow the stems to cook for a minute or so. Then add the leaves.
Top with the grilled pork and enjoy. There were enough leftovers that I changed it up with bacon, sausage, and white wine. Quinoa can be surprisingly versatile.