Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Apple Cider Pork Chops

Seasoned pork loin chops baked with apple cider and Worcestershire sauce and finished with sherry. Serve with mashed potatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 pork loin chops
seasoning salt to taste
black pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 (8 ounce) container frozen apple cider concentrate, undiluted
1/4 cup dry sherry

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe frying pan over medium-high heat. 
  • Sprinkle chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning. 
  • Place in hot oil, and brown on both sides. 
  • Drizzle Worcestershire sauce over chops, and pour in apple cider.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. 
  • Remove chops to a plate, and return frying pan to stove over medium-high heat. 
  • Stir sherry into pan, and boil until sauce thickens, stirring frequently. 
  • Serve sauce over chops.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Mince Pies

Mince pies are the ultimate Christmas staple. The sweet, fruity mincemeat with all of those wonderful festive spices, encased in icing-covered crumbly, buttery pastry.. is festive food heaven

350g plain flour
Pinch of salt
225g butter, diced
1 whole egg
1 jar of mincemeat (recipe here)
Dusting icing sugar

  • Heat the oven to 400°F/205°C/Gas 6
  • Place the flour, butter and salt into a large bowl.
  • Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs,
  • Add the egg to the mixture and using a knife stir, add cold water a teaspoon at a time until the mixture binds together.
  • Choose a muffin or bun tin for the size of the pie you want.
  • Dust a work surface lightly with a little flour and roll out two-thirds of the pastry to 1/8"/3mm thick.
  •  Cut circles to line the cups of your tin.
  • Fill the pastry lined tins 2/3 full with mincemeat.
  • Roll out the remaining pastry to the same thickness and cut smaller circles to fit as lids or cut out star shaped lids to be decorative.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the icing sugar.