Friday, November 6, 2009

The week that was

1. Maple pork with chilli beans and spinach
2. Wholemeal muffin with tomato and cheese
3. Beef schnitzel with mushroom gravy and chips
4. Weet-bix with sultanas and milk

Just to change things up a bit I thought I would provide some proof that I actually do eat savoury dishes once in a while. So from now on I'll post the culinary highlights from the week that was, and if you want I can provide recipes (if like me, you do sometimes eat a savoury dish).

So this is what I've been eating this past week - some delicious pork, a couple of yummy breakfasts and a wonderful pub lunch.

What were the stand out dishes for you this week?


ETA - Sue requested the recipe for Maple pork so here it is:

Maple Pork with Chilli Mixed Beans (from Healthy Food Guide - October 2009)
Serves 4

2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
600g pork cutlets
olive oil cooking spray
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
pinch dried chilli flakes
2 bunches English spinach, trimmed and coarsely chopped
400g can four-bean mix, drained and rinsed
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  1. Place maple syrup, dijon mustard and parsley in a small bowl. Add pork. Toss to coat.
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook pork, brushing with maple syrup mixture, for 4-5 minutes each side. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Spray a medium saucepan with oil. Heat over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and chilli. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add spinach, beans and tomato. Cook until spinach has wilted and beans are heated through.
  4. Serve pork with chilli mixed beans.

30 comments:

Amanda said...

Mmm... that all looks so good. My savory dishes are not so photogenic. :)

This week my standouts are pesto leftovers, two different Mexican restaurant experiences, and a really good burger from an undisclosed location. (I was hoping no one would notice how much I ate out this week, but here I am offering it up!)

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Wow, can I move in? My kitchen is currently a disaster area so the best I've done this week was a microwave meal :(.

Fiesta Saurus Rex said...

Savory seduction!

Also, as a side note my word verification is "Blessn"

:)

Miss Dot said...

Oh I suppose I do eat a savory dish every now and then (from the looks of my fridge you'd think it was more "then" than "now"!)

I agree with Amanda -- my savory dishes are definitely not as photogenic as yours. Great pictures! Brown in particular can be hard to capture in an appetizing manner. Too often it ends up looking like dirt... or worse... [I'll leave that to your imagination]

The beef schnitzel with mushroom gravy and chips [read: fries] looks particularly good. Pray tell, what exactly is beef schnitzel?

Gala said...

Whaaa???.....you totally ruined my idea I had of you in my little head!
Oh well I guess you gotta eat 'normal' food sometimes.... though I still don't approve!

Miss Shivi said...

I pretty much live on savoury food!

Did I mention, I don't eat lollies, chocolates, fizzy drinks, marshmellows, gum, licorice and most cakes/slice/biscuits ?!

Plus the only ice-cream type I'll eat is vanilla, with no toppings,sprinkles,sauces,etc.

emma wallace said...

Aww! I'm total sweets girl myself. I did have a nice portobello mushroom sandwich on rosemary sea salt bread. But my heart belongs to sugar!

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Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Kasey - I'm sure there is room for one more :P

Miss Dot - beef schnitzel is basically a tenderised piece of beef coated in crumbs and pan fried - delicious!

Gala - sorry to disappoint you :P

Miss Shivi - your comment made my heart ache - a world without sugar - gasp!!

emma - yay team sugar :D

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Chatterbox said...

These look mouthwatering.
You've done a fabulous job with savory delicacies.

Keep up the 'tasty cooking'.

Cheers!!

alissa said...

mmm the muffin with tomato and cheese looks awesome!

for what its worth, my husband is not vegetarian. we still eat the same meals, he just cooks meat for himself to go with it!

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

What a great dishes! Wholemeal muffins with tomato and cheese must be something super tasty! :)

Ash said...

I do enjoy this great mix up!! I'm so liking the maple pork with chilli beans!!!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Chatterbox - thanks I will keep it up :)

alissa - hmmm interesting, maybe I will have to take the same approach as you.

Chocolaty Lifestyle - yep tomato and cheese is definitely a tasty breakfast.

Ash - Yeah I thought I would just throw you all ;)

Sue said...

Leave it to you to make "healthy food" look as tempting as a cupcake! I know it would take a lot of time for you to write the recipes for us, but you can't just put such mouth-watering photos in your blog and leave us hanging! I'd love to know how you prepared the pork- and the schnitzel looks wonderful, too.

I've been working on a big sewing project all week so my "highlights" were simple- a chicken salad, meatloaf, and white chicken chili. Oh- and I did make the coffee cake you posted 2 weeks ago. It was delicious, but I think it was a little dry. I have that cookbook so I am anxious to see what else you make from it (Southern Cakes).

Thanks, Alecia- I read a lot of blogs and yours is one of my favorites.

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Sue - I'll post the maple pork recipe - but the schnitzel was actually a pub meal - so no recipe there ;). White chicken chili sounds interesting. Yeah the coffee cake is a little on the dry side - best with a big dollop of cream I think. Thanks for reading :)

Gabbi said...

Alicia... you're my hero. That look so good. Only in my dreams can I cook like that.♥

Sue said...

Thanks, Alicia! I can't wait to try the pork. I haven't posted on my blog in a long time. This will give me a good excuse to get back into it. I'll make the White Chicken Chili soon and take pictures of it to put it on my blog. When I do, I'll let you know.

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Gabbi - I'm not that good of a cook - just try to please the family ;)

Sue - I would be interested in seeing the recipe for White Chicken Chili - let me know when you post it.

Elissa said...

This is a great idea! I am always looking for more dinner ideas as I tend to just cook the same stuff from a very limited selection.

Rylan @ Art and Appetite said...

Oh my goodness, the pictures are so breath taking. I almost suffocated!

Love it!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Rylan - Thank you so much!

Megs said...

Hi,
I just came across your blog via a comment on Fat Mum Slim, not sure that I wanted to find you now that I see all of your amazing recipes! They all look amazing, can't wait till I have completed my diet and then I can try some. Hope you are surviving this horrible adelaide weather!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Thanks Megs - we are somehow surviving this horrid heat, can't wait to cooler weather again.

Megs said...

I go to the Willunga Farmers Market, as I live down the South Coast, they are pretty good if ever you want a drive on a saturday morning. Do you sell your cakes/yummy things anywhere?

Megs said...

yes, they are open every saturday morning from 8am till 12:30pm and they are on the corner of Main Road and High St Willunga (it is the main street and as long as you are in Willunga there is absolutely no chance of missing them!) here is the link to their website http://www.willungafarmersmarket.com/home.html it is worth a look some time.

drollgirl said...

your husband must be SO HAPPY!!! you are such a good baker AND a cook! YOUR FAMILY IS LUCKY!

i made scallops this week. so good and so fast and so delicious. i cannot wait to have them again! :)

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

drollgirl - thanks I think Mat is pretty lucky too :) Zoe doesn't realise that she is lucky yet as most of the food I cook she doesn't like. Oh well. Scallops sound lovely - they are so nice when cooked right :)

Chantel said...

Yum, that all looks pretty good. I like your idea - looking forward to seeing what you eat.

I've never cooked pork except for bacon. That's unadventurous isn't it?

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Chantel - just a little bit :P