Dinner Lady

The guys are at the hospital and I’m on dinner duty, so after doing the washing and other housework, I settled down to prepare our evening meal.

I love to cook, and even more so to cook for other people, especially the two men in my life.
Yesterday, our friend had taken a joint of pork out of the freezer in the morning, so I did a full roast dinner.
Crackling is a definite No-No for me, no matter how much salt I rub into the rind or how hot I have the oven. Still, the last lot I had (success by someone else!) almost broke my teeth, Hubby doesn’t have very many left and our friend isn’t that keen, so it wasn’t exactly missed.

Today, I’m using the remainder of the pork and making a sweet and sour sauce, which may actually just be pineapple, garlic and ginger, depending how it all turns out.
I don’t weigh anything, just throw it all together and taste occasionally until it suits my palette.

Apart from the pork then, my ingredients today are:

3 small carrots (needed to be used up and have provided colour to the dish)
tin of pineapple pieces (and juice)
1 large onion
2 gloves garlic
fresh ginger
dark soy sauce
2 chicken stock cubes
teaspoon cornflour to thicken.

Using the drained juice from the pineapples, I added the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, stock cubes and cornflour.
(My personal taste favours sweet, but this sauce tends to be tangy without being tart)

I cubed the pork, sliced the carrots into narrow sticks, chopped the onion, ginger and garlic, then put them together with the pineapple pieces in the wok and left it to marinate in the liquid mix all day.
in the pan(If you wanted to, you can add red and green peppers for more colour)

Nice and easy, bring it all up to heat on the hob, then lower the temperature and stir continuously so as not to burn, over thicken, or stick to the bottom of the pan!
(If the mix becomes too thick, you can add water to thin it down)
Serve when piping hot and the onions and carrots are soft.

We had this with plain boiled rice.
on the plate on the plate 2



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to Dinner Lady

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  2. This looks great! I wish I would have seen it prior to supper tonight, because it would have been great – I’ll just have to try it sometime soon!

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