April 24, 2004

Gebacen swinflæsc

I thought for once I’d write about a recipe which wasn’t entirely successful; it wasn’t a complete failure — it still tasted all right — but it didn’t come out the way I thought it would. The dish was baked pork chops with lemon and herbs:


The recipe was from the 2004 Milk Calendar, a publication by the dairy farmers of Canada — don’t worry, it’s better than it sounds — this year by Christine Cushing. (Is this only found in Ontario, or is it distributed in other parts of Canada?)

First of all, we dipped the pork chops in milk, and thin in a mixture of bread crumbs, dried basil, and dried rosemary. Then the pork chops were put in the oven to bake.

Meanwhile, to make the sauce, in a saucepan we sautéed garlic and onions, along with more basil and rosemary, in butter. Then we poured into the pan milk with cornstarch and lemon zest whisked into it, which we continued to whisk until thickened. Finally we added some lemon juice and salt to the sauce.

When the pork chops were almost done, we poured the sauce over them and baked for a few minutes more. This is where I think the recipe went wrong. There was too much sauce, and the chops lost their nice crispy outer texture.

In any case, we served the pork chops with broccoli and potatoes with the sauce poured over everything. As you can see in the picture at the start of this entry, our pork chops didn’t really come out looking like the picture in the calendar in the background. Oh well.

Posted by Mark at April 24, 2004 11:31 PM

I really like your typo “a publication of the diary famers of Canada”. If diaries can be farmed, that explains where a lot of weblogs come from. They grow like weeds.

Posted by: S. Worthen at April 25, 2004 01:11 PM

Thanks for the correction. Serves me right for blogging at night. Mea culpa! I’ve fixed it, but I was tempted not to; “diary farmers” is quite amusing. On the topic of apropos typos, in your correction you typed “diary famers”; are those bloggers who hype their blogs? :-)

Posted by: Mark at April 25, 2004 02:15 PM