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Pork Tacos with Black Beans & Green Salad

Tacos are a wonderful meal any time of the year and this Jamie Oliver recipe is delicious.  I have tweaked it a little bit  – I use pork fillet instead of pork belly as I find the latter too fatty for our taste and I didn’t have cumin seeds but found the powder was just as good.

This dish takes only as long as the pork takes to cook so is very quick and can be on the table in a matter of minutes.  The addition of grated apple in the salad is also a winner and adds a lovely surprise burst of flavour to the entire dish!

Enjoy…

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Ingredients:

2 pork fillets

1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds

1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

olive oil

 

1 teaspoon cumin powder

spring onions

cloves of garlic grated

1 x 400 g tin of black beans

 

1 fresh red or green chilli

Baby spinach leaves

½ a bunch fresh coriander

1 ripe avocado

6 baby roma tomatoes

1 pink lady apple

soy sauce

extra virgin olive oil

1 lime

 

Sirracha chilli sauce

4 tablespoons Greek style yoghurt

hard taco shells

Method:

Cut the pork into 1cm dice and fry in a large frying pan with the fennel seeds, paprika, salt and pepper, and stir regularly

Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the cumin seeds into a medium frying pan

Trim, slice and add the spring onions, add garlic then stir in the beans and their juices, and simmer

Finely slice the chilli and most of the top leafy half of the coriander, then halve, destone, peel and chop the avocado

Cut tomatoes in half

Toss with the spinach leaves and pile all this on a platter, coarsely grating or matchsticking the apple on top

Ripple a little chilli sauce through the yoghurt in a small bowl

Stir, mush and season the beans to taste so they resemble refried beans

Drizzle the salad with a little soy sauce, the extra virgin olive oil and lime juice, then toss together Drain the fat from the pork pan, then serve everything straight away, with a pile of taco shells and all the other elements, sprinkled with the remaining coriander leaves

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Good Ol’ Curried Sausages

There seems to be a bit of a trend in that some quite old-fashioned dishes are becoming popular again and one of these is Curried Sausages.  Most people remember them with great affection and everyone has a different version – this one has apples & sultanas in it purely because that’s the way my Mum made it.  I have modified the recipe slightly over the years.

Rule number one is you must ALWAYS use Keen’s Curry.

033280This little orange box is vital for this dish and that other perennial favourite – curried eggs!  Don’t bother with your Thai or Indian pastes for this dish because it won’t taste like the real deal..

I gently fry my sausages first and make up  the sauce separately then add the sliced sausages about 20 minutes from the end so the flavour goes right through…

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The finished product is luscious, tangy, spicy and sweet.  It can be served with rice or noodles or just good quality crusty bread to mop up the sauce…  This freezes well so I usually make a big pot…

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 pork sausages, cooked and sliced

1 large onion, sliced

3 teaspoons of Keen’s Curry powder

2 cooking apples, chopped

1/4 cup of sultanas

1/2 tub Tomato Paste

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup water

1 cup of frozen peas

salt & pepper

Method:

Heat the oil in a heavy based pot

Add the sliced onions, chopped apple and curry powder and stir to soften for a few minutes

Add the chicken stock, tomato paste and water and simmer for around 10 minutes until the onion is cooked

Throw in the peas and sultanas

Add the sliced cooked sausages and stir to combine

Season with salt & pepper and simmer for around 20 minutes or until the sauce is reduced.

If necessary you can thicken the sauce if too thin with a couple of tablespoons of water mixed with a tablespoon of cornflour in a cup and added to the mixture, or if too thick, add some extra water to thin it out.

Check the seasoning again and serve immediately

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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