As I mentioned last week, Brendan and I have been on a bit of a healthy eating kick lately. While lentils have become a total staple in our kitchen, I can’t neglect my tried and true quinoa. It may be a bit pricier than the dried beans I buy, it’s just so freaking tasty and versatile! Last week, we knew we wanted quinoa, but Brendan requested “something different.” That didn’t really give me a lot to go on, but hey, I’m always up for a challenge. Continue reading
It’s Martin Luther King Day, which means my teacher husband has been home for the long weekend. It’s been great; we’ve hung out, run some errands, un-decorated from Christmas, and even had friends over for football yesterday. I will say, though, when he’s home for extra days we tend to eat a little bit differently. While I would be more than happy to eat all the veggie based foods, my hubby wants meat…all of the meat. So this weekend, to indulge his meat craving, I made this slow cooker pulled pork.
We’re up to the letter “S” in Cooking Around the World with a trip to Serbia! I have to admit, I had absolutely no idea what traditional Serbian cuisine was like. And it wasn’t until yesterday that I found out that Aileen from Morsels & Moonshine was of Serbian descent, or I would have asked her! But, alas, I had already made my Serbian meal.
This week in cooking around the world, we’ve traveled to Norway. In doing the research, I found a lot of familiar types of recipes with names and accents that were completely foreign. For instance, the dish I chose is simply meatballs and gravy, served with mashed potatoes and red cabbage. This is definitely something I know about. But the pronunciations have me pretty confused. How is one supposed to pronounce a “kj” sound? I suppose this is why it’s a good thing that I’m a blogger and not an orator.
On this blog, you see a lot of what I cook. When I was looking through my posts, though, I noticed something. I had yet to post some of my most common, go to, simple types of meals. Bowls of pasta and dinners consisting of meat and potatoes are, in fact, relatively common in our kitchen. I guess I feel like these standard dishes aren’t “blog worthy.” But I’m guessing that, like me, you’re not eating crazy-creative, brand new meals every night of the week. Sometimes, plain old good cooking is enough.
This is one of those types of meals. It is super simple and comes together in less than half an hour. Yet, this is a step up from the storied pork chops and apple sauce. The polenta is a novel side dish, providing a quick and cheap alternative to potatoes or rice. The cheese gives it just enough salt, and it’s very creamy having been cooked in milk. As for the pork, the balsamic reduction is sweet and makes the meat flavorful and moist. Like I said, this meal isn’t the most exciting thing you’ll see on the internet, but it’s absolutely delicious. And, for me, that’s good enough.