Pulled Pork of Glory

pulled pork

pulled porkAges ago, I blogged about some pulled pork I made, using the dry rub from this recipe.  It was so fingerlicking good that I’ve been looking for an excuse to make it again.  Then I decided that you really don’t need a special occasion to mix up smoked paprika, sugar, salt, garlic and mustard, massage it into pork, slow roast it in the oven for 6 hours and then pull it to shreds with a couple of forks.  No sir.  So we had it for dinner yesterday.

And then, since I’m a good wife, I gave Ross the leftovers for breakfast, in a roll with a fried egg plonked on top.  I broke the yolk so it dribbled down into the pork.  Ross was a happy happy fellow. 

Because I just can’t stick to recipes as they were written, I made the pulled pork as follows:

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Perfect Pizza

perfect pizza

perfect pizzaWe love pizza in our house; it’s a weekly treat that I serve up mainly on a Friday or Saturday night.  A comforting end to the week.  Pizza is easy, pizza is flexible and pizza is, I reckon, one of the very best things to ever come out of Italy.  Well done, Neapolitans, you did good there.  Like pretty much everything else we eat, our pizza is almost never shop or takeaway bought.  I’d say 99% of the time I make it from scratch, dough, sauce and all.  It’s not faffy, even if you don’t have a breadmaker, and there is the added bonus of being able to put whatever toppings on you like.  We like ours simple, with fresh tomatoes and cheese and olives.  Here are my components of the perfect pizza:

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5:2 Friday

5:2 diet

5:2 dietWelcome to 5:2 Friday!

This is a brand new linky where folk doing the 5:2 diet can share recipe ideas, inspiration, meal plans. Whatever you like.  Join in, link up, make yourself at home, I’ll pop the kettle on.

This week has been pretty easy for me, as I’ve been staying with my mum.  She also does the 5:2 diet and we have been supporting each other.  She really helped me keep my mitts out of the chocolate box whilst we sat around the fire on Monday night.  She’s a goodun, my Ma.

5:2 cauliflower riceI tried something new on Thursday and made cauliflower rice, which I have heard a lot about recently, and got from here.  It was interesting.  Nice.  Definitely a base for something, rather than a dry accompaniment. It would be lovely with a curry, or in place of cous cous in a tabouleh.

So, here are this week’s meals.

Fasting Day 1 (Monday)

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Sweet Potato Fries

sweet potato chips

Earlier in the year, I made a conscious decision to not give my family processed foods.  I’m making everything from scratch, where it can be done.  And where it can’t, I’m looking for alternatives.  What started off as a plan for me to lose a bit of weight and be healthier in myself, has turned into something that will benefit my whole family.  No unnatural preservatives, no nasty chemicals, less fat and oils and far fewer E numbers.

Last week, Roo asked for chips for dinner, so instead of picking up a packet of frozen chips in the supermarket, I picked up a bag of sweet potatoes and made sweet potato fries for a change.  Also, I am still a bit obsessed with them after my trip to The Diner the other week.

These are so easy to make and absolutely delicious.  They are baked in just a tiny bit of olive oil, and cook quickly – no need for par boiling!  A sprinkling of salt and pepper on the raw potatoes as they go in to oven give a lovely contrast to the sweetness of the creamy orange flesh.  Finally, sweet potatoes are full of good things: folate, vitamins, beta carotene and calcium.

sweet potato chips

To make sweet potato fries, you’ll need:

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My Food Week

fruit salad h&m catalogue

Last week I started eating better as part of the changes I am making in 2013.  Before Christmas there was a point where I was living on peanut butter toast, gallons of Diet Coke and coffee, and far too many takeaways, which is crap whichever way you look at it.  Then, out of curiosity, I stepped on my scales and almost fell right off them again.  Despite the fact that, in my head, I hadn’t been eating that much, I’d managed to gain over a stone.

Time to deal with that.

For a bit of fun, I’ve been taking photos of my healthy meals and posting them on Instagram.  Here is a run down of some of my favourite meals I’ve munched on over the last week.  Since we currently have no internet, I’m at my friend’s house, borrowing her Wifi, and feeling sorry for myself.

Saturday morning: Pancakes with strawberries and blueberries.

american pancakes

Pancakes on a Saturday is one of my husbands favourite things.  I made these with self raising flour, and added a punch of baking powder so they were more like American style pancakes.  I macerated the fruit in water and a tablespoon of sugar, which I then simmered on the hob until it became syrupy.

Saturday evening

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Recipe: Creamy Country Chicken

imcountingufoz Creamy country chicken

Our dinner last night was one of those random, non-planned, bung-the-fridge-contents-in-and-hope-for-the-best kind of meals.  And as it turned out, it was so good that I am sharing it with you.imcountingufoz Creamy country chicken

Also, I don’t want to forget how I made it, because I think it would make a good staple in our household.

These quantities served four – two adults and two children.

To make creamy country chicken you’ll need:

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