Skip to main content

Slow Cooking on Mischief Night

Today was a day I felt like experimenting after a quick shopping excursion that brought some slightly green papayas back home along with some handsome looking pork loin.  Sounds like the inspiration for some Hawaiian cooking, but it did not happen. I  just did not feel like going into the backyard, shoveling out a big hole in the middle of the lawn, and then setting up  banana leaf bed  to cook my swine meat cuts. Am I fantasizing ? Of course I am.

So no outdoor island inspired BBQ but instead a good mealthat made my big old  Le Crueset dutch oven very proud.

To quickly summarize, we opened eating festivity with some finger food... Blue Fingerlings with a homemade Danish blue cheese dipping sauce, cleansed our palates with some shaved papaya salad.

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing 


Juice of 1/2 lime
1 cup crubled , high quality Danish Blue Cheese
2-3 Tablespoons of  Philly Cream Cheese (or Mascarpone)
2-3 Tablespoons of White Balsamic Vinegar
2-3 Tablespoons of White Apple Cider Vinegar

Blend all ingredients in a blender until it becomes pourable with a spoon .  Use a dip or dressing . Keep chilled after creation .

Blue on Blue: Fingerlings and Cream

Shaved Papaya Salad 

Very simple to make. Shave a hard Mexican Papaya with potato peeler, Toss with a light vinaigrette of lime,  EVOO, white apple cider vinegar, and a hint of Japanese mirin.  When plating, sprinkle with a few poppy seeds for effect.

Shaved Papaya Salad

Slow Cooked Pork Loin in Mushroom-Calvados Broth

Two things you will need for this dish . The first is patience, the patience to wait until the meat's proteins break down and tenderize. But I might of said this in some other post.   The second is a heavy,  cast iron, enameled dutch oven.


Start with slightly browing the meat on all sides. Then toss in a medley of celery, green bell peppers, a few cups of baby bella  mushrooms. a medium sized shallot, a half cup of ripe grape tomatoes, a few cups of chicken stock and some white wine  - I used prosecco this time,  Also add some chopped parsley and dry imported thyme.  Cook for a few hours until the meat is very tender over low heat, Keep the oven covered. Add some water if needed if the liquids reduce too much.

Once the meat is cooked. remove it from the dutch oven, set aside . Drain all vegetables from the remaining sauce.   Reduce the sauce in a sauce pan, add in shot of Calvados brandy.  Reduce further, allowing the alcohol to evaporate but do keep the sauce thin.   Do not discard the vegetables, they are great as a side dish.

Slice the meat. and serve topped with the warm sauce.

Bath Time: Le Crueset Style

Ultra Tender Pork Loin
Papaya Blueberry Bellini 

With left over papaya I decided to make a quick cocktail.   The papaya was cubed, then tossed with some agave syrup, tequila and a pinch of salt.  Blueberries were also added.

To make the Bellini, just add some of the marinated papaya to a Cosmopolitan glass and top with bubbly Prosecco.

With bellies full, the fan club set into the darkness with packs of eggs, baby powder filled stockings, and a few cans of shaving cream. Wonder what they were up to?  I had pots and pans to tend that were waiting to their savior.

Cheers !


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Calabria

Yesterday , was one of those days where I just needed to recoup from a very intense stretch consulting work. Longer days than usual, and lots of New York Metro pressure than I would like on a daily basis. So,  with the weatherman telling me that we would have some fairly nice outlooks for this weekend,  I decided to spend less time playing with my computers. My plans included included resuming and catching up with some of my blogging.. You've seen some of that already . But my highlight for the day  was for me and my Queen to head down to Chinatown in NYC.  Our plans: do some food shopping , correction some "window" food shopping and course,  just take in as much we could of the Chinatown scene. Given that Little Italy is also right next door to Chinatown, we would stop there too. If you do not know, Manhattan's Chinatown  nowadays contently fuses with it's Italian neighbors.  Great combo, isn't it ? I sure do think so.

The plan worked out. So do read on.

I s…

Paella Experimentation

There are times that I love to experiment just to kill away the boredom. And I get to play the culinary Guinea Pig. Yummy

Here are some plays on Paella

This was made with Brown Rice, Very different way to cook.  Grouper Filet , who would have thought, was made part of the recipe.

Got Mozza ?