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Pork Chops with Salsa Verde & Red Pepper Jelly

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I have been Cableless for the last 3 weeks having done a big tidy up and in the process lost my cable to connect camera to computer. Another big tidy of the original tidy didn’t result in me finding it although I did get my head nice and clear. I think I have said how I love a good clean, it’s a more productive form of meditation… Yes weird I know, I think it’s a girl thing.

Anyway this recipe has been dying to get out, It was such a simple dish to put together, really quick to prepare and as a bonus the pork chops have been really good value lately.
I was out for dinner during the week and as a coincidence, someone mentioned that they bought Tuna steaks for dinner and told their kids it was pork chops to make them eat them. So while tuna is a a bit more higher end than pork it occurred to me that this recipe would work equally well with any kind of meaty fish.

Pork Chops with Red Pepper Salsa Verde
4 Pork chops
2 tbsp chargrilled Red Pepper Jelly (From Harty’s – I got from viking direct)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 small handful capers
6 anchovy fillets
2 large handfuls flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked
1 handful fresh mint, leaves picked
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
8 tablespoons really good extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chop the garlic, capers, anchovies and herbs and put them into a bowl. Add the mustard and vinegar, then slowly stir in the olive oil. Whisk in the red pepper jelly then check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
Marinade the pork chops in half the salsa verde for about 4 hours in the fridge.
Heat the oven to 180C
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan until good and hot.
Take the chops out of the salse verde, scrape off the excess and place the chops in the pan.
Cook on a high heat until one nice and brown, about 3 minutes. Flip over and place the pan into the oven and finish cooking which will be about 7 to 10 minutes depending on thickness.
Serve with some more Salsa Verde, green salad and your choice of potato.

Sweet Chilli & Lime Chicken Wraps with Mango Salsa

If it is dry we usually cook on the barbecue…. Since it’s Ireland, We usually have to eat it inside but even so it is nice to not have to put on the oven and still be able to produce a nice meal. While I do like a burger or sausage on the barbeque. I think it is nice to mix it up a bit and have some lovely colour and flavour instead of smokey red meat. These are delicious and easy to prepare and the mango salsa just sings summer. This salsa is also great nutritionally being rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds. No ketchup or mustard required here, just spoon on the salsa, wrap and eat – Delicious!.

2 Skinless chicken breasts
Finely grated zest and juice of a lime
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1″ piece of ginger peeled and grated
1 tbsp honey
1 clove garlic peeled and mashed
Salt and pepper

Salsa
1 mango peeled and diced
1 small red onion diced
1/2 red pepper diced
juice and zest of of 1/2 lime

Cut chicken into bit sized cubes
tip into a bowl with the other ingredients and toss well
Season with salt and pepper
Leave to marinate for a few hours covered in the fridge
Thread onto metal or soaked wooden skewers and barbeq for about 12-15 minutes until cooked through.

Combine all the ingredients for the salsa and season well.

Serve the chicken in wraps with salad leaves and the mango salsa

Sunny Peach & Mango Salsa


I go on a lot about the weather – part of being Irish I suppose, but also because it has been really awful… So to add sunshine in the absence of the real thing, try this peach and mango salsa. Lots of lovely colour as well as all the health benefits of these delicious ingredients. Serve it with fish, fish cakes, any barbq’d meat or on the side on an antipasti plate for a different garnish to your meats and cheeses. The flat leaf parsley and mint in this are different to the usual coriander but I think they work really well and the peach and mango are a great combination.

2 Alphonso mango’s – ripe but not too soft
2 peaches
about a 2″ piece of red chilli,  deseeded and finely diced
about 12 tiny cherry tomatoes – halved or quartered quite big
juice of a lime
2 tbsp each of chopped fresh mint and flat leaf parsley
salt to season

Peel, slice and dice the mango – not too fine
Slice and dice the peach about the same size pieces, no need to peel
Combine with the other ingredients, season and adjust if necessary.
This will keep a couple of days in the fridge but is best on the day it is made.

I also managed to sort out my cookery books finally and get them in order on to new shelves. I went from a big unsorted pile to 2 lovely stacks of books and the rest have been into put into the bag for the local recycle book store…. Now I have room for some more new ones!…


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