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5.07.2008

It's The Little Things


Life for me is erratic. Sometimes I have a lot on my plate and sometimes things are kind of slow.I constantly push myself.But I go out on a limb because I want to. The key is to find balance. Besides my day job I have some sidelines. I wouldn't call them profitable yet, but I get pleasure and some other things from them. This past weekend to 'support" my sideline product I gave a free demo on my dime and time.I really wanted to stay home with Certain Someone, play in the kitchen, blog, and veg.The day seemed fine enough. I noticed a man arrive besides me who seemed at a loss. Seems he was supposed to demo at this fine wine emporium but didn't speak much English or know what to do. I thought it was odd and tried to help him out. We spoke a little English and French as he knew French. We offered each other samples. About a few hours into our boring Sunday the store manager came by. Seems this kind interesting man was the owner of the vineyard and made these fine wines! From that point on they moved him to his proper place and make a big fuss. Where were they at the beginning I ask? Anyway I went over to say goodbye and took a bottle of his Moscato. He grabbed the bottle and said something in halting English. He returned with the bottle all wrapped up for me . Gratis! A small thank you. Made my day.Check out his vineyards.

The today I had a special package awaiting me. I won some Amano Chocolate from Blake Makes! I don't know how this blogger does it but he always has great giveaways. I'm waiting for Certain Someone to return so we can sample together.


And a final thought from me for the week. I want and love good food. Time is a question most times. While I don't shy away from the complex, sometimes I like it simple. I pulled this one out of my hat the other morning.A slow cooked pork loin in my favorite Asian spices and seasonings. I wanted this slow cooked meal to be similar to my favorite Schezwan green beans. Not quite, but a good meal . I don't have to tell you the Certain Someone had a few servings of the meat!

Slow Cooked Pork Loin

1 pork loin

1/2 cup Soy Sauce

1/2 cup water

4 Star Anise

Dried Chilies to your taste( I used 4)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

I/2 cup of a simple syrup I made infused with rum( leftover from the rum buns). Your could use Golden Syrup

Put all ingredients in a slow cooker. Place on 8 hours. Go about and enjoy your day. Serve with steamed Jasmine Rice and green beans.

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17 comments:

Heather said...

Damn girl you've been busy. I need to get a crackberry so I can keep up with you! I know that's how you comment so fast - you use that crackberry, don'tcha!

Also, that pork. Marriage proposals have come from less.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Yes, you are a busy person...

Nice dish! I love pork!

Cheers,

Rosa

Peter M said...

Nice score with the Moscato wine...one of my faves!

I can also see you're using your recent haul of Asian ingredients...I'm coming over there now for dinner...call me the surrogate date!

Blog Princess G said...

My mouth literally watered. Wish I could have it right now, for breakfast.

linda said...

I see our putting the star anise to a good use :)
I have to start using pork this way, it looks and sounds delicious!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

You know what? I'm all for simple. I think sometimes it's the simple stuff that's genius.

chou said...

I'm glad you got to help him out. Good point about the "where were they in the beginning? And lucky you to get some Amano chocolate. I'm always excited to see them doing well.

Bellini Valli said...

You have definitely been a busy woman:D I see though you still had time to cook up an amazing pork roast...good for all involved:D

Deborah said...

I more often than not prefer the simple to complex. And I won some chocolate as well, and am excited to do something with it as Amano is located just blocks from me!!

Proud Italian Cook said...

What you up to with your sidelines? I'm being nosey!!! Just curious! :)

Simply...Gluten-free said...

Just the other day I was thinking of a slow cooked pork recipe but was too lazy to look around and viola - here you have a great one!

Chef Erik said...

Don't eat pork but everyone else in my family does. I'll have to make this for them.

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Very cool about the wine. Aren't gifts wonderful especially nicely earned ones?

Great recipe. When I was working I loved my Crockpot. It still makes the best chicken ever!

Emiline said...

Ohh, Certain Someone. You love your meat!

That was nice of you to communicate with that man. And it paid off! Hope the wine is good.

We Are Never Full said...

Hmmm, pork loin, huh? I would think that a picnic shoulder or butt would be a better cut for the slow cooker since the loin is usually pretty lean. but yours looks moist and 'fall apartish' which means it must've been a winner! yummmmmm.

The Caked Crusader said...

you have used some of my favourite words in one sentence, namely "slow cooked" and "pork". Set me a place at the table...I'm on my way!

kittie said...

Wow - I'm already trying to work out when I can schedule this one in...