What did you do this weekend? Did you do anything fun or interesting?
Myself, I washed the car with WizKid early morning Saturday. Having the new truck meant I finally got my car back and she was in need of much TLC (thank you Mr. Sweet Butter for making those my initials by marriage). I really should make time to get out of my house more often. I will be so thankful when human tolerable temperatures return to Florida.
Thankfully the driveway faces due West so we had a little time to get the car done before the sun moved around the house and cooked us like human bacon into the pavement. Melting was certainly NOT on the agenda.
I did my typical running around to the bank and the grocery store blah blah boring.
Last night I introduced WizKid to the movie “Avatar”. I find it’s a movie where people who watch seem to be split into two groups; those who love it and those who don’t. Kind of like people who visit New Jersey. If you have ever been to New Jersey then you’ll understand. It takes one, maybe two times and you know exactly what group you fall into purty darn quick.
Like New Jersey Avatar viewers don’t really have a middle ground. I take the latter position with the Garden State (mind you I never once saw a garden in the whole of it). As for the movie I fall into the “like” group; In fact I throughly LOVED the movie and knew WizKid would as well. He was in Wisconsin when I first watched it and saved it for when he returned. I was right, he’s on my side with this one. He gets very involved in movies and during the high action scenes he was bouncing like he had Mexican jumping beans in his pants.
He can’t ever wait to find out what happens in the most pivotal scenes. When Grace the doctor was injured he asked me:
“Does she live?”
“I’m not telling.”
“Come on Mom, tell me does she live? Please tell me!”
I gave him an amused stare while I pondered my decision.
“Please Mom, does she live?”
Acquiescing I replied “Yes. She lives.”
Of course when Grace dies he turns to me betrayed “I thought you said she lived!”
“She did. I simply didn’t tell you for how long.”
Mom’s logic always wins.
I love the premise of the movie, that we all come from the same life-force energy and therefore all connected to each other and everything around us. Scientifically the whole atom-neutron-molecular process makes this an obvious truth but like the film suggests, I like to think we are all connected on a deeper more spiritual level.
The movie also holds as a reminder and a lesson from human history of all the times one country or people sought to destroy or over-run another for the purpose of gaining the wealth that lay within. White man did it to the American Indians; Europeans did to the Aborigines of Australia; the Normans did it to the Saxons; the Sky people did it to the Na’vi.
It’s my hope that someday we learn to live more in peace with the land, the Earth and each other. We can learn so much from the Native Americans, the Buddhists, even the story of these fictional blue giants. The simple fact there are stories and movies with this thread, becoming more common place shows the desire of many to this end.
Lastly this weekend, I spent time in my kitchen. I didn’t cook too much during the week and I really needed some time to regroup and realign my worlds. I cooked up several items all of which I’ll post this coming week.
Saturday I had an inspiration though and came up with an original dish; no recipe adaptation, no cookbooks, just me and my imagination. I love when that happens because I like to think my Mom would be proud of me. She was wonderful at things like that.
It started with a sauce of peaches, cider vinegar, spiced rum, soy, brown sugar & honey. I knew I wanted pork and I wanted peaches. To be honest I can’t honestly way why I picked this combination and it really started with a peach. Maybe they chose each other who knows? I started with two peaches cut into cubes. One I put to the side and the other I put in my little food processor and pureed.
From there it was a matter of carefully adding things I thought would compliment each other. Other things jumped out at me as I rummaged through my pantry. As I went along I made notes of the ingredients I added and how much of each because there was no way I was going to remember them later.
I’m learning. ☺
The sauce has a sweet, spicy, peachy, soy tang to it.
I poured it over pork; ny pork would do and honestly I think this would be great over chicken as well. I think I used cut pork loin here but can’t say for sure. I let them take a nice long bath in the sauce for about 30 minutes and longer wouldn’t hurt.
Afterwards it was a matter of cooking them in a frying pan for about 20 minutes or so, basting them with the sauce periodically. I guaged the cook time based on the thickness and size of the pork. Thin chops would cook much faster.
Once they were done I put them on a plate and set them aside and dumping the rest of the sauce in the pan I added the other cut up peach, cooked for about 5 minutes and voila c’est finis.
I served mine over fried green tomatoes with buttered saffron rice. To my relief both Mr. Sweet Butter and WizKid loved it. In fact WizKid wanted to drink the sauce. We agreed to simply pour more over his pork.
Compromise is always a good thing.
So what did you do this weekend?
- 2 medium to large peaches
- 1½ teaspoons Parsley
- 3 teaspoons Apple cider vinegar
- 1½ - 2 tablespoons spiced rum (or run with a little vanilla and nutmeg)
- 3 tablespoons Brown sugar
- 1½ tablespoons honey
- 1½ tablespoons soy sauce
- dash of salt & pepper
- 4 servings of 6 ounces of pork (chops, loins, ribs etc)
- Cut both peaches into thumb sized cubes.
- Set one cut peach aside.
- Puree the second peach until smooth
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
- Place pork in a shallow pan and pour sauce over meat. Marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Heat a medium skillet with olive oil or butter on medium heat.
- Add pork to pan and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook pork to doneness based on pork thickness, basting regularly with sauce.
- Once cooked, remove pork from plate and set aside.
- Lower heat and add remaining sauce and second peach.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Plate pork and top with peach sauce.