Dine and Discover: Aromatic Pork in Coconut Milk – A quick and easy curry dish that is cooked in one pan, using fresh ingredients and premium kitchen tools.
Go Cook Collection
It’s true that I am the main cook in our household – it’s not that my husband doesn’t like to cook, but I’m more than a little protective of my kitchen, and he is extremely messy! But, whereas I don’t always share the kitchen area with my culinary challenged spouse, one thing we do share is the love of good quality kitchen implements, tools and appliances. We have a saying in our house, “quality always outs”, meaning that if you pay a little more on quality products, they will last a life time or so much longer than cheaper imitations. So, I was very pleased to discover a new kitchen ware range at Tesco recently; their Go Cook Collection is great quality, with lots of useful and aesthetically looking products to choose from. I am an appliance addict, but my husband is more practical than I am, so when we went shopping for some essential new kitchen implements, I decided to let him choose what he wanted to buy for the kitchen, as well as suggesting he cook ME a meal when he used them for the first time, as long as he tidied up afterwards!
He chose some items that weren’t even on my shopping list, which was hugely interesting; it transpires that he hated my existing “cheap wooden” meat tenderiser as well as my “flimsy” pestle and mortar! We both love curry and Asian inspired meals, so his choice of implements was based on his recipe, Aromatic Pork in Coconut Milk, which is cooked in one pan, and which is his favourite “modus operandi” when it comes to cooking. He chose a fabulously tactile Acacia Meat Tenderiser, which looks good, as well as feeling good “in the hand”. The Granite Pestle & Mortar was also a fine-looking item, and looks very smart sitting on the kitchen work surface, and so it appears you can have looks and practicality combined. We recently “lost” our citrus zester, I suspect it was accidentally thrown away with the rubbish, so we bought another one from the Go Cook range, again with some handy features, as the handle includes a hole to enable hanging storage and there is a handy side blade to cut strips of citrus peel for things like garnishes.
We also needed a new grater and I added a lovely, soft linen and cotton blend glass tea towel into the basket too. The pyramid grater has a non-slip base and features 4 stainless steel sides for fine, medium, coarse grating and slicing, with a soft-touch handle provides a comfortable grip, allowing you to grate food with ease, and unlike my old one, it isn’t rusty! Having loaded the shopping basket with kitchen tools and implements, it was time to shop for the ingredients for his Aromatic Pork in Coconut Milk recipe…….we bought British pork loin chops, fresh coriander, chillies, limes, spring onions, coconut milk and some whole spices; the plan was to make a simple one pan curry dish, with a homemade melange of freshly crushed spices which would be served with some easy to heat up microwave pilau rice, sounds good to me!
I have to admit to being slightly threatened by my other half’s cooking skills…..the Aromatic Pork in Coconut Milk was utterly delectable, and he said it was easy to prepare with the aid of the new (and obviously improved!) kitchen tools we’d bought! The pork chops had been trimmed of fat and tenderised before being pan seared, they were then gently poached in an aromatic coconut broth, that was packed full of flavour, with cheeky highs of spicy chillies, and soothing lows of zingy lime and aromatic fresh spices; he garnished the dish with fresh coriander leaves and some extra chopped spring onions for taste and texture, and all I did was to style the dish and take the photographs, and oh yes, eat it! There was enough for four people, and as there was only the two of us, we popped the rest in the freezer for future delectation.
This was definitely a dinner party worthy dish, and there was only one pan to wash up, making it a win-win kind of recipe! We were both very pleased with our new Go Cook kitchen purchases, and I’m planning on using the handy pyramid grater when I make a big dish of cauliflower cheese this weekend. The only problem now, is that he found the cooking experience so enjoyable, that I am going to have to fight for my space in the kitchen from now on, although I could get used to being cooked for! My husband’s recipe is shared below, and if you need to print the recipe, the recipe card is printable too. I realise that some of my readers are vegetarian, as are my sister, niece and mother, so for a veggie version you can use Quorn fillets, Quorn chunks or a selection of seasonal vegetables. Have fun in the kitchen if you make this, and do let me know what you think of my husband’s recipe, and I’ll make sure I pass on all of your comments to him! Karen
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