Sunday, August 07, 2011

Basil Pesto

This basil pesto is seriously good on home baked fresh bread.

Bunches of basil leaves
3-4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs lemon juice
8 walnuts
pinch of rock salt

1. Blitz all the ingredients in a blender. Serve with bread.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Pork Chops

This is my own personal recipe for pork chops. It has a slight caramelized flavour that reminds me of char siu (chinese barbequed pork) which makes it my favourite recipe when I have to cook a Western style pork dish.

1 pork loin
1 head garlic
1 lemon
1 tbs organic honey
2 tbs raisins
3 potatoes (boiled and mashed)
1 tbs dark golden syrup
salt and pepper

1. On the night before, put pork loin (pricked with fork), cloves of garlic (unpeeled), lemon juice and zest and honey. Bake for 30 mins until pork is cooked.
2. Place in fridge and allow to marinade.
3. The next day, remove pork and slice thinly. While cutting pork, boil potatoes. Squeeze the filling out of garlic cloves and add to potatoes and mash with some butter, salt and pepper. Set aside.
4. Pour the rest of the juice from the baking tray onto a frying pan and cook thin pork slices on it. Drizzle the dark syrup on it and allow to caramelize.
5. Serve pork with reduced sauce, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. In this case, I steamed mushrooms, brocolli and carrot to serve with this.


I have showcased a pizza recipe on the blog before, but I wanted to put this up as it is a different combination of toppings that made for an absolutely superb pizza. This time around, I went for the freshest ingredients possible.

1. Tomatoes on vine (this made for a far tastier tomato than the ones sold without stalks or vines)
2. Onion (I had to use white, but red onions or shallots are tastiest)
3. Garlic (roughly chopped)
4. Fresh basil leaves torn up
5. Dried French pepperoni sliced thinly
6. Black olives (I find the ones sold without brine taste better than with brine)
7. Cheese topping: a mixture of parmesan, mozarella and cheddar