I am back from vacation, adjusting to life on land. I am getting used to cooking again and trying to lose the weight I gained from the food-fest cruise. Dinner this week included pork roast with mangoes (page 278) from Around My French Table. The pork is cooked with onion, garlic, red wine vinegar, white wine (I substituted chicken broth), soy sauce, lime juice, honey, chili powder, bay leaf, thyme and mangoes.
I did not notice the recipe called for a pork loin roast, I bought a pork tenderloin. This would not be the first time I made a mistake buying meat, and it won’t be the last. Even though we over cooked it, it still came out great. The flavors were wonderful. I was not able to find lychees and I did not have time to go to an Asian market so we just left them out, seemed to work with just the mango flavors. I love Dorie’s serving suggestions so we made cardamom rice (page 382) to go with it. When my son asked about dinner he said “we eating cardboard rice?” Unfortunately he did not like the cardamom rice, he prefers plain white rice but we now have a new name for the rice:)
I did a make up this week with waffles and cream (page 416). These are dessert waffles but I served them for breakfast anyway. This recipe did not work well for us. It is a thin batter and made a crepe type waffle which was a miss for our family. We prefer the crisp yeast-raised waffles my husband usually makes. I served them with strawberries and whipped cream which was a hit. We were pressed for time so my photo is rather plain. I am hoping my photography and plate presentation will get better as my brain gets back in gear. I have had a few hiccups this week.
These recipes are part of an international cooking group working our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.