Monday, November 27, 2006

An (Un)Manic Monday

Stu and I were both off today - how lovely to start a Monday by not hearing the alarm ringing! We were having a nice chilled out day (Christmas shopping, coffee drinking . . . ) until we took our car for its annual MOT inspection. In order to drive your car here you have to have a yearly check by government authorised mechanics. Not a bad idea in terms of road safety as there are a lot less beaters with dodgy brakes on the roads. Even though we'd taken it to our reliable mechanic Hubert for a tune-up our little 1997 Mazda failed on a couple of minor points. This was mildly annoying as it means getting the faults fixed and taking the car back for another appointment, but we became slightly more concerned when the car suddenly started making strange noises and stalling on the way home. Not good.

Fear not though, all was not lost in terms of the relaxing day off and I decided to take advantage of being home early to make a nice meal compliments of The Naked Chef. It was scrummy and very easy . . .

Tray-baked Pork Chops with Herby Potatoes, Parsnips and Pears
marinade
2 good handfuls of fresh rosemary, pounded
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
10 lugs of olive oil
3 lemons, halved, juice and skin squashed
freshly ground black pepper
Mix everything together.

8 pork chops
3 parsnips
3 smooth-skinned pears
1 1/2 lbs potatoes, scrubbed
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Rub and massage the pork chops with the rosemary marinade, and, ideally, leave for 1-6 hours for maximum flavour. Preheat the oven to 425F. Wash the parsnips and pears and slice into quarters lengthwise, removing the cores from the pears, then cut the potatoes into .5cm thick pieces. Dry them with kitchen paper, then put them into an appropriately sized roasting tray with the parsnips, pears, pork chops and the marinade. Toss over to lightly coat everything then season and roast in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the chops.

6 comments:

Nancy Jean said...

you should post a pic of the meal; i know you took a picture. not only are you chef extraordinaires, but you double as artists in food photography.
there is a ridiculous amount of snow in SK right now. ridiculous. but, we still go on...
miss you, njb

Joel M-E said...

Julie,

I noticed you had a link to a celiac cooking site.... are you my celiac sister?

cpb said...

Shame about your car. Our wipers went on the Mazda yesterday, right during the snow storm.

Julie said...

Hi Joel
No, I'm a celiac daughter-in-law so I'm interested in the ways of gulten free cooking on behalf of my husband's father. Strangely enough, it's a fairly common condition in Ireland.
jbn

Julie said...

cpb
long time no chat! how are you three?
talk soon -
jbn

Julie said...

Nin
You know me too well - tried to take a pic by was thwarted by a dead camera battery. I'll try to do better next time. Have fun working lots - how was the supper in the Queen City? I will email you . . .
jbn :)