Weekend Cooking




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So far this weekend, we been celebrating some of the autumn flavors, apple, root vegetables, and cider.

For Friday night, I made  BBC Goodfood’s Slow-braised pork shoulder with parsnips and cider and smashed red-skinned potatoes.  The recipe can be found here.  I use the BBC Goodfood‘s site for many recipes and usually find success. I also occasionally pick up the magazine.

This was a perfect autumn dish, the slow braise infused the meat and veg with the apple cider flavor.  I used Angry Orchard traditional dry cider in the recipe.  I gave up doing my own food photography, this image is from BBC Goodfood’s website.

Today, I picked up some root veg: swede (rutabaga), carrots, and parsnips.  I also had half of a head of red cabbage in the fridge that needed using up.   I love all the autumn flavors.   The meal I put together from all this was:

  • Chicken roasted in the oven
  • Tossed the root veg in olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted them in the oven
  • Chopped the red cabbage, thinly sliced a red onion, peeled and sliced a couple apples I found in the fridge and then added 2 tablespoons of whole berry cranberry sauce.  Sweated the onion and apple and then added everything else to the pan, popped the lid on, and let it cook slowly.

Lovely dinner with a bottle of red, probably should have been white, but I prefer red:)



15 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking

  1. jama says:

    Everything sounds so yummy. Thanks for the link to BBC Goodford’s site. 🙂

  2. joyweesemoll says:

    Oh, I think a red is perfect with roasted chicken and root vegetables. I love the sound of your cabbage. Must be nice with the touch of sweetness from the cranberry sauce.

    • Thanks for stopping at my blog. The cranberry does enhance the red cabbage nicely. I guess I was just thinking they used to have those “rules” for wine – white with chicken or fish … I love red though.

  3. Beth F says:

    Let me second the thanks for the BBC Goodfood site. It’s new to me and that pork recipe looks awesome. I love root vegetables and cabbage with apples! You can invite me over for dinner any ole time. 🙂

  4. Cecelia says:

    Oh YUM! I’d never heard of the BBC site either – another place to explore for new recipes. Thanks! I think fall may be one of my favorite food seasons, with the roasted veggies and all.

    Thanks for visiting my post and for all those buttermilk recipe recommendations!

  5. Laurie C says:

    It all sounds delicious! That’s a great idea, to add a little cranberry to the cabbage and apples, too.

  6. This braised pork looks utterly wonderful. I love slow-cooked food – I love the whole idea of taking your time, and the wonderful flavours that develop in doing so. Pork is my favourite meat, and we have some wonderful “boutique” ciders on the market here now – definitely one for me to try when cooler days roll around again in my part of the world.

    BTW – your cat looks almost identical to my cat 🙂

    • There really is something to that long slow cooking that develops a depth of flavor. I really love pork but my kids didn’t used to be big fans so I didn’t cook a lot of it for a while. Now they are grown and seem to be fine with it.

      Czar is sure your cat must be an incredibly handsome cat then. 🙂

  7. I’ve never cooked with pork shoulder or parsnips (Sunday is a good confession day, no?) but now that I’ve seen your post I may have to try both while trying this recipe. It looks luscious. You also did another favor for me by mentioning BBC Good Food. That was new to me as well. Well done.

  8. desserts says:

    Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Keep up the fantastic work!

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