Sunday, 30 April 2017

But you can break changes down into manageable chunks...

Brined Pork Belly

Carole's Chatter: Brined Pork Belly

This Brined Pork Belly can't be described as fast food!  The brining of the pork takes a day, so you have to think ahead.


For the brining liquid – Water, salt, brown sugar and molasses.  In terms of quantities for 1 unit of salt, put in 1 ½ units of brown sugar and ½ a unit of molasses.

For the roasting:
Pork belly (with skin scored)
White Wine


Prepare the brining liquid by gently warming the ingredients and stirring until they are combined.  Don't bring to the boil.

Put the brining liquid into your container.  (I used a lasagne dish) and pop the pork belly into it.  I tried to leave the skin out of the liquid but I don't think it would matter.

Cover with cling film and let it sit in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

About 2 hours before you want to cook, take the pork out of the liquid.  Rinse it with water.  Pat it dry and let the meat come to room temperature.  I put salt on the skin at this stage – I don't recommend you do that until just before roasting. 

Get your oven up to a high heat and then roast the pork belly on top of a wire rack.  Leave it roasting for 15 minutes and then turn down the oven to moderate and keep roasting for an hour.  Then add a glass of white wine and roast for another hour.

Let the pork rest for at least 20 minutes before serving – don't cover the top – it'll ruin the crackling.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Funny ... but true

Saturday Potpourri: An Urban Legend for you – I must be a bad person because I found this funny (and horrible)

Fire Authorities in California found a corpse in a burnt out section of forest whilst assessing the damage done by a forest fire. The deceased male was dressed in a full wetsuit, complete with a dive tank, flippers and face mask.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the person died not from burns, but from massive internal injuries. Dental records provided a positive identification. Investigators then set about determining how a fully clad diver ended up in the middle of a forest fire. It was revealed that, on the day of the fire, the person went for a diving trip off the coast -- some 20 MILES away from the forest.

The firefighters, seeking to control the fire as quickly as possible, called in a fleet of helicopters with very large buckets. The buckets were dropped into the ocean for rapid filling, then flown to the forest fire and emptied. You guessed it! One minute our diver was making like Flipper in the Pacific, the next he was doing a breaststroke in a fire bucket 300m in the air. Apparently, he extinguished exactly 1.78m (5'10") of the fire.

Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed!!

Friday, 28 April 2017

This is true - and what about other delightful words?

Food on Friday: BBQ


It's BBQ time – or barbecue – however you spell it!

To add your BBQ dishes, just put the name of the dish together with your blog name/name into the first Mr Linky box you will find below.  Then paste the url for your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning the dishes to this Pinboard which will make it easy for you to check them out at a glance.  The links from the earlier collections are also on that board.

Let's make this a really fine barbecue party.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Lovely design and colours...

Need Some Inspiration? Try Scallops!

Seared Scallops and Cauliflower Grits

Despite  Food on Friday: Scallops being a small collection I am able to show you some inspirational dishes.  On the good side, there were 4 new participants – which is great.

If you go to this Pinboard you will be able to see not only the dishes from this Food on Friday but also from the earlier one – which on that occasion resulted in a flood of great dishes.

The pic at the top is from thebrookcook Seared Scallops and Cauliflower Grits

Potato & Carrot Chowder with Scallops by Karen's Kitchen Stories

Pan Seared Scallops by the wonderful cook and photographer of The Midnight Baker

Thanks to Teaspoon of Spice for this inspirational dish – Seared Scallops with Fava Bean Puree

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

If you like literary novels My (not so) Perfect Life will not be the book for you.  If you want a humorous light hearted chick lit book – it's a goodie.

The heroine is a young woman trying to make it in London – she instagrams – and everything seems so great – until it isn't.  How she deals with a reversal in life and the way she responds to these challenges is canvassed in a fun way.

I got this book from the library after reading a review by Shauna of I Love to Read and Review Books

I have seen this book described as a 'palate cleanser' – I agree – it's like a sorbet – light fun and a bit fizzy.

If you want a moral, I believe it would be that this book shows the benefits of being authentic to the person you are.