Sweet and Sour Pork

Based on this recipe, we made some really great sweet and sour pork.

1 c. flour
2 lb. pork tenderloin
3 beaten eggs
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. vinegar
1/3 c. pineapple juice
1/4 c. catsup
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 c. pineapple chunks
1 bag stir fry veggies (broccoli, snow peas, etc.)
  1. Put flour in one pie dish and eggs into another
  2. Cut pork tenderloin into 3/4 inch cubes.
  3. Dip meat into egg, then into flour.
  4. Fry pork in vegetable oil (360 degrees) for 6 to 9 minutes, until done; drain on paper towels; keep warm.
  5. In wok or skillet stir fry  veggies until almost done.
  6. Combine the sugar, vinegar, pineapple juice (reserved from draining pineapple chunks) and catsup. Add to veggies and heat.
  7. Blend 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Stir into skillet. Cook, stirring until mixture is thick and bubbly.
  8. Add the pork and pineapple. Heat and stir about 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

Pumpkin Omelets

We love pumpkin, and are always looking for new ways to incorporate it into meals. We make pumpkin pancakes and muffins a fair bit, but this morning I wanted to use some of the abundance of eggs that we have…

I found this recipe for pumpkin omelets. They were really good. We tripled the recipe for the 4 of us and made a few small modifications:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp real maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 Tbs caramel syrup
  • 3 oz cream cheese

Mix all but the cream cheese together and when firm add the cream cheese in small chunks, fold remove from heat and cover. Let set for a couple of minutes.

Sweet potato and gruyere turnovers

As mentioned in the weekly recipe post, the Sept 2010 issue of Real Simple has a version of these turnovers that is basically 4 times everything. They freeze really well–just freeze uncooked and pop in the oven frozen for 30-35 min at 400˚–and make an easy weeknight meal once they are made.

Whole wheat pie crust: Makes 8 crusts (yes it’s a lot, but remember this makes 4 meals!): mix 4 cups white flour, 4 cups whole wheat flour, 1-2 tsp salt. Cut in 1 cup butter and 1 1/3 cup vegetable shortening. Add about 1 1/2 cups ice cold water with a bit of lemon and mix. You will probably need another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to get the right consistency.

We use smoked gruyere which adds a lot to the flavor! I like to cook the grated sweet potatoes a little bit, so add that along with the Swiss chard.

Blueberry Souffle

Still trying to catch up on posts…especially where I have some photos. Last weekend, I made the blueberry souffle from the Yumology blog. One of the reasons I started this log was for recipes like this…I run across is online on a weekend morning trying to figure out what to make for breakfast, and make it. Trying to keep track of the successes and failures has been difficult.

Part of our challenge is modifying recipes to fit out no peanut, tree nut, fish diet since Kid 1 has life threatening allergies to these. The original recipe on Yumology had almonds and almond paste. I substituted sun butter (sunflower seeds) for the almond paste…ended up being a bit of an odd flavor, maybe  use a bit less than called for next time.

But something else happened and it took about twice as long as the recipe called for to cook. I am not sure if there was more water in the berries or what, but it was a bit soupy.

That aside, it was a delicious breakfast treat!

Brie, apple and ham paninis

This was last night’s meal. We make the Mostly Whole Wheat Baguettes from TFMCB Sunday night. It ended up being a bit on the heavy side, but still worked alright for the paninis.

Based on a sandwich that we love from a local restaurant, we put sliced apples, brie and ham in them!

The brie melts and starts dripping out the sides, the apples add a bit of sweetness…a great combination!

Add in some broccoli for veggies and it was a really nice meal. Lunch leftovers were a treat too!

Lemony Chicken

Last night we made the Lemony-Chicken with Potatoes and Beans from Dinner a Love Story.

We had some purple potatoes left from another night and used those. Mom and Dad say the only problem with the recipe is that we didn’t have any leftovers! Kids thought the veggies were too lemony. Can’t please everyone…Maybe next time only put lemon slices in half of the dish and give the kids veggies from the other half.