Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Sticky Pork Strips

My camera is finally repaired and back in my grubby little hands - and I mean that literally! The life of a food-bloggers camera is not a glamorous one, it very quickly becomes sticky and covered in all sorts of food stuff and although I do try to clean it after each 'photoshoot' things do seem to become ingrained - the worst thing is grabbing the camera for a quick family picture and finding your hands covered in an unidentifiable sticky substance! ............. It's like having toddlers in the house again!

But for now my camera is back, in full working order and it's all very clean and shiny. So, from tomorrow my photo's will be back in focus and crystal clear. Since the beginning of January I have been snapping my pictures on my phone - which hasn't always worked out well, so I'm looking forward to getting back to the real thing.

So today's post photography is a bit grainy in places but the recipe is really tasty so I wanted to show you despite that.... it's a sticky pork dish, perfect for a midweek supper in front of the telly...all of the ingredients for the marinade are standard store cupboard stuff so it's not something you have to plan for too far in advance...

Sticky Pork Recipe - Enough for 2

A pork tenderloin or two large pork chops
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon dark soy
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 dessertspoon tomato paste
1 clove garlic - crushed
salt and pepper

A salad, rice or chips to serve

First make up your marinade. Place all the ingredients, except for the pork, into a bowl and mix to form a thick paste.

 - you can just pop it all into a screw top jar and shake it into a paste if you wish.

Cut your pork into thick strips and then mix with the marinade, cover and pop in the fridge for at least an hour preferably overnight.

When you are ready to cook. Heat a large non-stick pan on high, add a little olive oil, and then the pork - making sure to get all the sticky marinade into the pan with it.

It can spit a bit at first so watch yourself.

Keep the pork moving around the pan whilst you cook. You want the pork to catch and caramelise slightly around the edges at give the sticky barbecue flavours but you don't want it to burn too much so keep and eye on it and keep it moving. It wont take long to cook just 5-8 minutes depending on the thickness of your strips. Just make sure you don't over cook and dry it out the pork.

Once you happy the pork is cooked through, divide into warmed serving dish. You can serve it with a bowl of sticky white rice, a dish of buttered noddles or a nice crisp salad and chips.

This marinade is also perfect with chicken and by adding a little extra olive oil it works really well as a baste for summer kebabs on the barbecue.

Have a great day
Love Lizx

 Sticky Pork