Wax on, Wax Off

How do you like your pork?
Visions of a Sunday roast with crackling, crispy roast potatoes, 3 veg and loads of apple sauce perhaps?

I’ll stop you there.
We don’t do Sunday roast, but we do have CHOPS!

Having access to a freezer for the next few weeks, we have taken advantage of the 3 for £10 meat offer in the supermarket, purchasing 4 chicken breasts, 16 rashers of bacon, and 6 pork chops. This is more than sufficient to cover our stay (equates to 11 meat meals) as I can get a meal for the two of us out of a medium-sized chicken breast, and in later years in the cottage a single chop was adequate for a sweet and sour.
However, tonight we had pork chops, green beans, carrots, baby potatoes and ‘a Di special’ (read throw anything in) sauce.
Digital CameraIt’s at times like this that I miss our apple tree and the luxury of picking fresh what we needed for sauce or a crumble, so today I thought I’d buy a couple of bramleys from the grocer to go with our dinner.

They looked lovely, but when I picked one up, it was covered in a sticky residue which I can only describe as wax. This is obviously the latest storage method, after all, it works for cheeses doesn’t it.
baby bel medley
I decided not to bother and to use whatever I had in the fridge and cupboards.
I knew I had red, green and yellow peppers and some onions, so this is what I did.

Rather than use the oven and ‘bake’ the chops as I used to do in the cottage, I cooked them in water in a frying pan.
The beans, carrots and potatoes were all doing nicely in a single saucepan with a sprinkling of rosemary.

I sliced a selection of peppers and an onion, then took the almost cooked chops out of the pan and added these vegetables to the stock with a stock cube, clove of garlic, and half a teaspoon of dark brown sugar, stirring often so that it didn’t catch and adding a little more water so that it didn’t get too dry.
When they all started to go soft, I returned the chops to the pan and covered it, reducing the heat until the meat was fully cooked, again making sure it didn’t dry out.

It was a tasty change from apple sauce and the pair of us thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’ll do it again.
I’d like to think it’s a healthy option as I used water rather than oil to cook the meat, but I suppose the sugar countered that. It was still nice though.


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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