Friday, 23 January 2009

Cooking for Two

With Markwin now away and enjoying boarding school life ( he seems to be living on peanut butter and bread), meals at home have to change somewhat.

It is very hard for me to adjust the quantities, so we do not have waste ( I hate wasted food), and also staying motivated not to slip into having sandwiches every night. Thank goodness for this blog, otherwise I think it would be very easy to slip in dietary hell.

So on the first night of eating for 2, I made a simple supper of pork chops, with hot sauce. This recipe will work very well if you substitute the pork with chicken.

Chops with Hot sauce

2 Pork chops or 2 Chicken Breasts
60ml Flour
25ml Jenny Morris Chilli and Lime Spice (or just plain chilli powder)
1 Onion sliced
2 Chillies
10 Button Mushrooms (not the very baby ones)
60ml Tomato Sauce (Ketchup)
10ml English Mustard (I like it hot, but you can calm it down by using a milder or less mustard )
10ml Worcestershire Sauce
250ml Chicken Stock (I used a stock cube)
2.5ml Hot Chilli Sauce (I have a bottle of "Ring of Fire" Habanero Sauce which worked well)
Salt and White Pepper
Oil for Frying

Add the flour and chilli spice to a bag and then the meat and shake to coat.
Remove the meat from the bag and shake off the excess flour.
Heat you pan to hot and add a little oil.
Fry the meat until golden, but not cooked through, about 5-7 minutes depending on the thickness.
Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.
Add a little more oil, if necessary, then the onion and fry until soft and golden.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except the stock, and fry for 2 minutes to incorporate the flavours.
Add the stock and mix everything together.
Check the seasoning, adjusting it to your taste.
Turn down the heat and add the meat and cooked covered for another 10-15 minutes.
If you like a thick sauce you can mix in some cornflour dissolved in water - I don't like my sauces too thick so I left it as it was.
Serve with mash and vegetables.

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

I find cooking for 2 very easy - but then, that's the number of people that I mostly have to cook for! Another alternative for you is to make the same amounts as you used to and then freeze leftovers for another meal. Mmmm, leftovers - the gift that keeps on giving :)

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