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A lot of the times on this list you need to have a very specific form of meat and fish in order to successfully cross it off. For example, there is a crab listed which would mean a trip to Hong Kong in July as that is when it considered ‘ready’.
In a similar vein, there are two region-specific types of pork on this list. I was lucky enough to have already crossed of Tuscan Wild Boar and now it is time for the other one.
Good old Marks and Spencer. Just when I think I am going to have to start ordering meat off of the internet, there it was chilling in the small meat counter next to some rather plump looking sausages. I took this as a sign and ditched the meal I had otherwise planned for Sunday night dinner, I also got to planning how to use that pack of French tarragon I had ordered from Merchant Gourmet a few months back with the Grains of Paradise.
If you are interested here is what I did:
Ingredients (served 2):
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 pork chops
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
- 1 tbsp butter
- 250ml cider
- 100ml crème fraîche
- 1½ tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 pinch dried French tarragon
Season the pork with the salt and pepper and leave out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
Add the oil to a hot frying pan and cook the pork for 4 minutes on both sides (do not overcook). Wrap in foil and set aside. To the pan add the butter and onion, cook this until the onion is brown.
Add the cider and allow to bubble and reduce by half. Take this off the heat and whisk in the crème fraîche, mustard and tarragon. Add the pork chops (and any juices) back to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes whilst smothering the chops in the sauce.
Serve, I did this with butternut squash I had roasted with a dash of raspberry vinegar.
The tarragon lent the sauce a lingering taste of aniseed as well as a bit of soapiness (similar to rosemary in the latter respect). The real star of the show, however, was the pork. Deliciously succulent and so much more flavourful when compared to the more generic pork chops that you can get in the supermarket. Also, it wasn’t actually that expensive. £5 for two really thick pork chops. Okay, not a bargain but pretty damned good for a decent cut of meat.
I did 13,000 steps today so I felt that it was finally time to crack open the salted caramel fudge that my mum for me for Christmas. All I can say is that these are exquisite and I regret allowing my partner to share them with me. Oh well, om nom nom.