And I Can Cook, Too

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Theeyyyrrre Baaaccck!

The skinnies came home today and boy was I excited. As soon as class ended I raced to the Central Market and picked up a pork loin, some figs, onions and garlic, a few potatoes, and some beautiful green beans. I caught the next train home and walked in the door to candle light, soft classical music, happy dogs, and Louise at the kitchen counter with a glass of wine and Carol stomping around still in her camping boots wildly proclaiming her need for a shower. As usual, we all started talking at once, simultaneously asking about the others time while blabbering on about our own. We munched on bread with lemon infused olive oil and gorgeous sesame dukkah while catching up on all that had happened while they were away, and I got stuck in with the pork. I seasoned the loin with salt, pepper, and minced garlic and plopped it in the oven. While it was roasting, I stuck potatoes in a pan and the beans in a steamer. I then prepared a sauce for the pork. I started with a fine dice of onion and minced garlic sautéed in a little butter. While the onions became translucent, I diced a handful of dried figs and tossed them in the pan. I sprinkled in just a smidge of dried chili for heat, and after a few minutes added about half a bottle of white wine (contributed by Louise who deemed it not fit to drink but I took a sniff and decided it was fine to cook with and boy howdy don’t even get me started on that) and let that reduce until the pan was almost dry. I drizzled some fine balsamic over the whole mess and let that reduce to syrup. A tablespoon of Bush Mallee honey (tastes like it’s been smoked) and another knob of butter later and the sauce was done.

Yeah, that was ok.


  • At 4:43 PM, Blogger Lora said…

    Well, deary, good to have you back and sounding so energized! It does sound like you're having fun.

    How is school going? Are you having the experience you expected, or better?

    btw, I think that free bottle of wine spoke volumes and I'd try to hook a ride back in a couple of weeks!

  • At 5:59 PM, Blogger Kristin Van Bodegraven said…

    School is going very well, but it's not filling up enough of my time. I've had a shockingly hard time finding a job, not sure why. I do like Australia, and especially the town I'm in for the next few weeks.

    Yeah...the Sea & Vine Festival is coming up...featuring wines by Leconfield...

  • At 1:24 AM, Blogger Walter said…

    Been looking for you on skype....

    be free be happy.

  • At 3:25 AM, Blogger Kim Binsted said…

    Ooo, here's a term paper for you: "The importance of hottie wine guys in the adoption of small production wines: a comparison between Provence and S. Australia". Discuss.

  • At 12:55 PM, Blogger Kristin Van Bodegraven said…

    An initial analysis reveals one key difference between Hunky Joe Wine Guys of Provence and Hunky Joe Wine Guys of South Australia: my ability to understand a single damn word they're saying. In conversation with Hunky Joe Wine Guy of Provence, I understand one out of every 23 words. With Hunky Joe Wine Guy of South Australia, however, that ratio is 1:5. The bottom line is the Hunkyness of the Joe doesn't make any difference in the quality of the wine, but it does have a measurable impact on sales.


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