Sunday, March 04, 2007
Crunch, crunch, munch, munch!
I have recently been revisiting my copy of Feast, thanks to the new Nigella Feasts programme. It's screening on Wednesday nights on the Lifestyle channel, and is endlessly repeated throughout the week. I'm totally loving it. (Naturally!) This week's episode focused on dinners, and Nigella's crunchy pork chops with a garlicky tomato and spinach salad just looked so wonderful, that I had to try it.
The whole process is pretty easy, and Nigella suggests it for a casual, yet special, weekday supper. The meal consists of crumbed and fried pork chops, and a salad of spinach leaves and diced tomato, dressed with minced garlic, oil and lemon juice. I decided to add some roast potatoes, and served it with an Italian-style tomato sauce which I'd made that morning. (You know the deal - garlic, onions and a dried chilli cooked slowly in olive oil, with peeled and diced tomatoes added, and simmered until delicious and thick.) Kinda like an Australian pub parma!
Here's a photo of the frying process. Note the clever (yet probably dangerous) arrangement of old newspapers to minimize oil-splatter. As for the pork, the egg is seasoned with dried oregano, salt and pepper, and the breadcrumbs have grated parmesan added for extra flavour. Delicious.
I can't describe how good the meal was! My family went crazy for it. The pork chops were super crunchy, and because I'd bought good quality meat, juicy and flavoursome. The roast potatoes and sauce worked well with the meal, but the salad and pork chops make a fab meal in their own right. This was the first meal that my family ate all together since my brother returned from Malaysia last week, and I’m glad to say it was a great one.
Thanks to Nigella for a fantastic recipe!