Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Addiciton to Food

When I hear the word addiction I always have a negative mind picture. It can be anything from a heroin addict lying in an alley, to a designer label, over their head in debt yuppie, addicted to spending. But I never think of a thirty-something (more something than thirty) mother and wife spending her life looking for recipes!

I guess it is always easier to see the faults in others and ignore the fact that you have 4 very large over-filled files, 100's foodie magazines (growing monthly), six bookshelves filled with cook books and the food channel running 24/7 - all in the hope that you'll find "just one more perfect recipe"! I even get at least 5 daily recipes emailed to me from various sites, as well as the countless hours spent visiting blogs.

But sometimes you can actually find "the one." You will have all the ingredients and the time - this is my drug of choice!

Yesterday, while reading another cookbook and watching the Food Network (at the same time), I heard them say "Spiced Rubbed Pork Fillet"! They were speaking my language, a secret code that only foodies understand. I quickly grabbed my pen and started writing down the ingredients - and would you believe it - I had everything on the list. So I rushed into the kitchen and produced "The One"!

James Tanner's Spiced Rubbed Pork Fillet - This is a perfect summer dish.

I also made the "Romesco Sauce", but I'll give you my version - "Rose- esco Sauce".

2 Red Peppers - Cut and quartered, seeds removed
1 Onion (I used a plain white one) - peeled and quartered
4 Fresh Green Chillies - remove the stem
2 Large red Tomatoes - Stem removed and quartered
10 -15ml Dried Red Chilli
5 -7ml Smoked Salt
60ml Toasted ground Amonds
Olive Oil
10-15ml Apple Cider Vinegar

Put all the vegetables in a roasting pan, with the smoked salt and a little olive oil and roast for 60 minutes at 140°C.
Place all the ingredients in the blender, together with the almonds and the vinegar.
While the machine is running add a little olive oil (about 15 -30ml) to form a creamy sauce.
Check the seasoning and adjust to taste.

This is a great sauce for any meat and will work especially well for braai (BBQ) meat.


Nina Timm said...

My name is Nina and I am a Food addict!!! Yes, I understand this addiction too well!!!
On to the sauce - you sure like things hot!!! Guess what, I made spice rubbed pork last night too!!!

Rose&Thorn said...

Nina - LOL, We will have to start a FAA (Food-Addicts Anonymous)!
I guess for most you would have to cut back on the chillies!

Jeanne said...

Sign me up for FAA too. One day at a time...! I am definitely making a note of this for when braai season (eventually!) rolls round again.

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - I think all us blogger have some serious food addiction problems!

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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