I love to cook. Even when I am down and out and so sick that I can only stand for small periods of time, I want to cook. And so, yesterday, after sitting around all day long, I was ready to cook.
It was quite the coincidence that at almost the very same time I wanted to cook, the FedEx man arrived with a sample that I have been waiting for. . .
Yes, my friends, the cobalt blue Le Creuset French Oven. And I received it as a gift from the wonderful people who do Public Relations for Le Creuset. I am beyond lucky and excited about this sample, and I know that there will be many meals built around it. Merci beaucoup!
Since I was more in the mood for cooking than I was eating, I decided to make pork chops, something that I don’t eat and rarely make.
Meanwhile, I gave the pork a generous rub of curry powder. The pork was very lean, and I wanted to make sure it had tons of flavor.
On the side, I was cooking orzo in a mix of water and Gewürztraminer. I absolutely love the texture of orzo, and I find it a nice, versatile side dish.
Once the orzo was mostly cooked, I added it to the pork and apples, then poured in a bit more Gewürztraminer. I let it all simmer for a few minutes, making sure the pork was cooked, then served it all in a big bowl. The smells coming from this pot were absolutely incredible. I didn’t taste it, as I am on a strict diet of throat-soothing soup, but my husband LOVED it. Lots of flavor, tender pork, and the wine was really an excellent pairing. Gewürztraminer has a nice spice to it, making it great for the curry. I was quite proud of this last-minute dish!
Do you have a favorite “thrown together turned gourmet” meal that you have discovered, or are you more “by the (cook)book”?