Saturday, 1 March 2014

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork

Saturday evening..... Feel like a takeaway ?  How's about Chinese ?  Okay.  Here goes:

Take your pork - 100g (a small chop or escalope) per person should suffice).  Chop it up, season with salt and pepper, then pour a tablespoon of vinegar over it.  Leave to marinate for a couple of hours.

When you're ready to start cooking, take the pork, dip into cornflour, then into beaten egg, then flour again.  Fry until crisp then drain on a kitchen towel.  If you are after a lighter meal - as I was tonight - skip all of the above and just grill the pork, then chop it up and set aside.  It will taste nice no matter what.

Then get together the following:

1 tbsp. veg oil
1 garlic clove (crushed)
1 onion (sliced thinly)
1 pepper (ditto)
1 carrot (sliced into matchsticks)
1 red chilli (chopped finely)
1 tbsp. soy sauce
a small tin of chopped pineapple
2-3 tbsp.  vinegar
1 tbsp. tomato puree

Heat the oil and add your vegetables, followed by the garlic and chilli. Stir fry then add soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, tomato and the contents of the pineapple tin - liquid and all. Add a little water if necessary. If you have no pineapple, use 1 tbsp. of sugar and 2-3 fl oz of water or tomato sauce.  Bring to the boil, add pork, heat thoroughly and serve with rice or noodles.

Other than that.... Rather a lazy Saturday here.  I woke up to the mist, but it cleared pretty swiftly and the rest of the day was mostly given over to glorious sunshine.  We went to Lidl and stocked up on £1 mince - I see a lot of chilli con carne, spaghetti Bolognese, meatloaf, burgers and meatballs in our future - laundry was done, meals made, home made wine drunk, and Stephen King's Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla read.
Oh, and the best bit - our credit card had been suspended due to suspected fraudulent activity on the account (OH sorted it all out though).  Apparently, money had been spent on it since the 25th (when I got paid).  Nothing you might think particularly odd - some Amazon, a bit of New Look (my only pair of jeans had finally fallen apart), and - the clincher, this - £12 to the National Union of Students (for the NUS Extra discount card - I am not a student, but staff at the University, and considering my projected spending for the year, it felt worthwhile to finally invest into it, after 6 years of working there). 
Wasn't fraud - it was all me.  Made me laugh though - I spend some money on the card, and the alarms go off - suspicious activity, this never happens on this account....
Oh well.  I won't do it again :P

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