Mar 202013

Pork Chops growing up were part of staple in my life. It would usually be pork chops, apple sauce, some kind of potato, a green, and a salad. The pork here is amazing. So now in March and it is still cold and cloudy sometimes I want what I consider, a proper meal. I find it easy to whip up and totally satisfying. Now Applesauce is hard to find here so I will usually do something with fresh apples instead of finding applesauce or making my own. I had gone to my local Sunday Farmer’s Market in Marylebone and gotten some beautiful braeburn apples so I used one of them

Pork Chops a Classic Quick Meal

Pork Chops a Classic Quick Meal

2 or 4 pork chops depending on how hungry or how many your are feeding- seasoned with salt and pepper

2 medium size yellow onions- cut into 1/8s and then sliced about 1/4 inch

1 Large Apple- Cut into 1/8s and then slices 1/4 inch slices (I kept the skin on)

3 Tablespoons of Apricot Jam

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

2 gloves of chopped Garlic.

2 tablespoons of Butter

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1/2 Cup of White Wine Optional ( I had some and I thought at then end I would deglaze the pan with it. Made for easy cleaning.)

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

In a large saute pan melt the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook the garlic and onions for about 3-5 minutes. Then add the apples and 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté for about 5-8 minutes until apples have softened and cooked through. Add the Jam and Cinnamon and cook for about 1 more minute.  Add the remaining oil and cook the pork chops for about 3 minutes on each side. At the end add the wine and put a lid on and  turn off  the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

As you can see I served this with simple roasted potatoes and steamed green beans, oh and my glass of wine.

Feb 202013

Since I don’t buy ground beef here making traditional meatballs is difficult. I don’t buy it because every time I have, I have been disappointed with the taste. And especially now because of the recent horse meat scandal across the UK.

I make a chicken burger using more asian influences and decided to do the same with these meatballs. They are simple and taste great.

Pork Balls

Pork Balls


1 pound of ground pork meat

1 egg

1/2 Cup of chopped Cilantro

1/2 Cup of finely chopped water chestnuts

1/4 Cup of chopped Scallions

1 1/2 Tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger

1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce

1/3 Cup of Panko bread Crumbs

about 1/2 Cup of Cornstarch to roll the balls in.

Vegetable oil for cooking

In a bowl mix all of the ingredients together until well combined- except the cornstarch and vegetable oil.  Now depending on how you are serving, as an appetizer, or as part of main will depend on the size you make your meatballs. I used a larger ice cream scoop since I was serving them as part of a main. Form each ball and then roll around in cornstarch.

Pork Meat Balls Covered in Corn Starch

Pork Meat Balls Covered in Corn Starch

Heat oil in frying pan, you need enough oil to cover half of the meat ball. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. Serve with Soy Sauce or Duck Sauce.