I have said more than once that blogging is a lot like scrapbooking. You have a story to tell, and you do it with words and pictures. In my circle of scrapbooking friends, affectionately known as the Scrap Chicks, it is a huge benefit that we often look at each other’s projects and give our opinions. Why is this good?
Which brings me to today’s
problem recipe. It’s a real shame the Scrap Chicks aren’t here to advise me…
Coconut Curried Pork. I have firm but simple standards when it comes to sharing a recipe with you. I’ll only post it if I have tested (or at least tasted) it myself, and have judged it to be REALLY GOOD. What am I supposed to do when it tastes fantastic, but looks like slop?? This challenges both my blogging and scrapbooking sensibilities.
This is different than my ongoing struggle with taking good food photos. I battle dim winter light. I have no imagination when it comes to presentation. I know only the basics of photo editing. However, I rely heavily on the fact that the food actually looks good. That usually translates to good looking food in the final photo.
That’s not the case here.
So, this is a real conundrum. I’ve gobbled up two bowls of the stuff, crowed in jubilation at the subtle curry flavor, and marveled at the creamy texture and tender meat. Yet I can’t get a single good shot.
Do I share the recipe sans photo? Do I post the Slop du Jour and hope you’ll have enough trust in me to go ahead and try it? I have a lot of faith in you all, but I’ll admit that scares me a little
Such a dilemma. What to do…what to do…
I’m sure, if the Scrapchicks were here right now, they’d have a ton of great suggestions. But they’re not.
Here goes nuthin’…
I told you. The most un-pretty food you’ll hopefully ever see. Please know that I tried. And I’m sharing because it AWESOME! We’ve made it, and loved it, TWICE. The first time I even used the completely wrong type of coconut milk (a watery ‘coconut beverage’) and it was still delish. The second time I made with the right stuff (pictured below), thinking it would be even better and creamier (it totally was) and prettier (no comment).
Light coconut milk (like Goya) is the ONLY liquid added to the recipe aside from a tiny amount of lime juice. That makes it creamy, but there is no overpowering coconut flavor. The curry, a blend of several different spices, is subtly spicy with hints of turmeric, cardamom, and cinnamon. This dish goes great with an aromatic rice like basmati or jasmine, and is so simple to throw together, it’s a great pick for a busy weekday supper.
So, there you have it. I’m putting all my faith in your hands. How much do you trust me?? We shall see
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
2 and 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into bite-sized chunks
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (13.5 ounces) light coconut milk
2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed for 10 minutes at room temperature
1) Add meat, veggies, garlic, brown sugar, curry, ginger, salt and pepper to crockpot. Stir to combine, then pour coconut milk over everything. Cook on Low setting for about 6 hours.
2) Combine the lime juice and cornstarch and whisk together. Pour into crockpot and stir. Add peas. Cover and cook 5-10 minutes more, until sauce is slightly thickened and peas are cooked through.
3) Serve over aromatic rice, such as basmati or jasmine, alongside a salad.
WELL? DO YOU TRUST ME?
**The ‘Scrap Ugly’ graphic above was scanned from a sign that Dee, my fellow Scrap Chick, made for me after I was heard saying this at one particularly festive scrap weekend. It has become a kind of mantra for us, and allows for some rather pointed feedback without retribution. Full props to Dee’s husband, Sean, who pinch-hit in the scanning department since Dee was out of town. She keeps the sign safe for me by hanging it on her crafting room wall (aka the dining room).