It’s mid January, cold, wet and generally yucky.
Sundays like this are perfect for snuggling up at home, in my favourite room – the kitchen, the radio on, the warmth of the oven – my happy place 😇 Hubby is in front of the roaring wood burner, getting his history fix, catching up on missed tv – a proper Sunday in my eyes.
Dinner will be butcher cut Pork chops served with Creamy Mustard mash, steamed broccoli and carrots and lashings of herbed gravy.
I have ‘scored’ the rind of the Chops to ensure as much of the fat renders down as possible, I want the rind crispy and the meat soft and tender.
I melt some butter, with a glug of Rapeseed oil and add some fresh rosemary and thyme, some chopped leek, a bashed clove of garlic, salt and pepper.
When hot, pop in the chops and cook for a few minutes on each side till browned but not cooked through.
Put into a hot oven for 10-15 minutes, then out to rest for another 10 minutes. Save the herby juices for the gravy.
For the Mash, I use a large Potato each, and wash and chop. Boil in salted water till tender, drain, then add a knob of butter, a splash of milk and a teaspoon of grained mustard.
Steam the broccoli and carrots, ready to serve up.
Take the meat juices and make a simple gravy, I use a teaspoon of cornflour, 300g of chicken stock and the juices, heat over a medium flame, till it starts to thicken.
I chucked in a couple of Christmas Stuffing balls from the freezer stash.
Simple and delicious- just what is needed on a dreary day.
I also need to use up some of the bits and pieces in my cupboards, so whilst I am playing housewife, I will make some carrot cakes as I have made them previously (see the recipe Here)
And some Rice pop cakes, as I appear to have loads of cereal left and some marshmallows to use up – I know I have no kids to feed, but I have yet to find an Adult who can turn down a hit of utter nostalgia 😊
I started by gently melting 50g of unsalted butter in a large pan, when this is melted add 200g of marshmallows, I had mini pink and white ones, but it doesn’t really matter. Stir these in over a low heat till melted.
Then add 100g of Rice Krispie, I have used Aldi own brand, but, again it doesn’t matter. I have used a disposable tray bake tin, as I had one leftover from some Christmas baking, but any lined tray will do. I sometimes made these in a loaf tin, as they were easy to slice for the kids lunch boxes.
When the cereal and marshmallows have been thoroughly mixed in, press into your tin and leave to firm up.
I have topped with milk chocolate, just to use some of the Christmas stock, cut into whatever shape you like and try not to eat them all at once 😉
What do you do on a wet, dank day that cheers you up?