IMG_20160104_203944

I have been converted.

After years of generally avoiding having to cook pork fillets at home, this recipe changed my mind. I cannot believe that following such simple steps, with only few ingredients, has made such a big change in the result. This is the original recipe from Jamie Oliver’s site (link above):

  • 4 higher-welfare pork neck fillet steaks
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled and crushed
  • 1 handful fresh sage leaves , chopped
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon
IMG_20160104_194630

Instead of using sage, as in the original recipe, I decided to use Rosemary (about a teaspoon of leaves).

Obviously we all know how it goes with Maltese lemons, they’re much juicier than the ones in the UK, so the fillets will be quite lemony. I think it works with the strong taste of pork and the fillets taste great when you get the timing right. I like to generally follow the rules as follows, but you may need to adjust if you use bone-in fillets as these will need a longer cooking time:

IMG_20160104_195142

  • in a hot pan, lay the fillets out so that there is plenty of space between them. There’s no need to add more oil since the fillets have been marinating in some.
  • turn after 2 minutes, then turn every minute for a total of 8 minutes. Switch the hob off and let the fillet rest for 1 minute before serving.


IMG_20160206_092946

There are a couple of meals that you really should be able to make at home. Even if you’re the kind of person who prefers to get their food ready-made, it’s very convenient to be able to rustle up at least a couple of breakfast things. It’s also so much better knowing what’s in your food for your first meal of the day!

For this recipe, I would suggest having everything prepared before you turn the heat on. If you’re a more advanced¬†cook, you’ll know how to juggle and multitask. So get things ready before-hand if you’re not sure where your skill level lies.

You will need: (for 2)

3-4 eggs, whisked together

1 cup cooked spinach, water drained

1/3 cup finely sliced leeks

2-3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

1/3 cup cheese of your choice e.g. parmesan, cheddar, stilton (or a mixture)

1 cup sliced onions

optional 2 sliced bacon, diced

This recipe will work with most ingredients of your choice. The trick is to add things to the pan according to the time they need to cook, keeping the eggs and cheese for last. You may want to add salt and pepper to taste as you get to the end of your cooking time.

For example in this case I started with the bacon, then added onions, leeks and garlic and let these cook until softened. Then I added the mushrooms and eggs. As the egg cooks you will want to stir every few minutes and remove off the heat every now and then (whilst stirring) to avoid overcooking the eggs. Finally, add the cheese, blend in, and remove from the heat.

Serve with a side salad e.g. tomatoes and rucola with olive oil. I had some gorgeous Maltese tomatoes that needed no garnish. Yum!

IMG_20160206_092936


IMG_20151220_161253I was invited to a friend’s house just before Christmas for a secret santa pot luck party. After some internet searches for something new and fun, because I get bored making something I’m used to making, I decided to go for a ravioli bake (also an excuse to try out some new ravioli, because I don’t eat pasta often!)

I purchased two packs of ravioli, one was filled with ricotta and the other with porcini mushrooms and they were both rather delicious. Since the porcini mushroom ones were slightly overpowering, I mixed the two types for this recipe.

The most important part of this recipe, aside from selecting good ravioli or making your own, is to make a tomato sauce that your grandmother would’ve been proud of (or would be, if you’re lucky enough to have a living grandmother :)).

For the tomato sauce you will need:

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

400g tomato sauce

oregano

1 cup water

apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper

For the dish:

Ravioli

1/2 cup or to taste grated Parmesan or mozzarella slices

To make:

Cook the ravioli for a few minutes in boiling water, then drain and carefully add a tiny amount of olive oil and stir through. You want to be gentle so as not to break the ravioli up.

Heat up some olive oil or coconut oil in a pan and start to fry the garlic, being careful not to burn. Then add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let it cook for about 20 minutes or until the consistency has thickened. You might want to add some tomato paste to help it along.

IMG_20151220_123524

Mix the tomato sauce with enough ravioli to fill your baking dish, then top up with grated Parmesan or mozzarella. You may even want to include some of this within the mixture for a cheesy, chewy, delicious surprise!