Sunday, August 19, 2007

Orient(al) Pork - A Recipe For Folk Who Already Know How to Cook

Orient(al) Pork

Orient(al) as in Orient Correctional Institution - Fabiola first created this recipe on the evening following a visit to a former beau. This beau became "former" just prior to gaining the new title of "inmate" at that medium security facility. The visit has nothing to do with the dish, other than after spending a day traveling and hearing heavy metal gates crash behind one, a gal wants a dinner that is both fast and pleasantly aromatic.

Ingredients in order of use:

Pork - 1 pound (or so) - Cut in 1/2" Cubes

Oil -- Enough to coat the bottom of your pan
Regarding the cooking oil, use whatever kind you prefer: Lard, Butter, EVOO, Peanut, Corn, Vegetable -Fabiola uses Peanut Oil - (ahem), but if Fabiola recommended that - some would jump up and down shouting and waving their arms like they just got a Bingo and the words they would be shouting -- "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" - you know who you are.

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Salt

Pepper

Celery Seed, Crushed

Light Sesame Oil

Brown Sugar

Maple Syrup - 2 or 3 Tablespoons (more or less)
Fabiola uses real Maple Syrup Boiled Down from actual Maple Tree Sap Only - seriously, if all you have is the flavored corn syrup kind, make pancakes.

Blackstrap Molasses - 1 or 2 tablespoons
Your Grandmother was right, it IS good for you. Use it more.

Nutmeg
Just a sprinkle

Maggi Sweet Chili Sauce (1/4 of a 10.1 oz Bottle)

Instructions:

CUBE Pork, SPRINKLE with Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper, Crushed Celery Seed, TOSS.

HEAT Oil in Fry Pan - Medium Heat (you knew that) - Lightly BROWN Pork Cubes In Oil.


REDUCE HEAT to low.

ADD Light Sesame Oil, TOSS. ADD Brown Sugar, Blackstrap Molasses, Maple Syrup, Nutmeg, Chili Sauce, TOSS.

SIMMER until the pork is cooked through and the sauce has reduced.

SERVE over rice.

Fabiola declares this to be a recipe for people who already know how to cook, because she doesn't specify quantities on most of the ingredients. In keeping with the nature of Title - this is a "Zen" recipe, use your intuition.

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