lunes, 25 de enero de 2010

Pork and Politics

Ok... So I've been sick... I couldnt leave the bed, Doc's Orders (bleh)...

Today i felt good enough to get out of bed, and actually Cook something!!
I used Porkchops, 'cause they are really cheap in here, plus they taste pretty good with almost anything.

In Venezuela, pork is a very popular meat, at christmas time, is regular to see pork at the table. And these days is even more popular than chicken, because there has been some movements from the government to close private companies and those includes food companies... Poultry specially, and if you want to buy chicken, you'll probably find it frozen or imported, which we are not used to... it pretty sucks 'cause i looooooooove chicken!!

Ok... so... Here's the recipe, and hey... i made it up... it probably is in some cooking books, but those are waaaaaay too expensive in my country, so... I have to be inventive!

For 1 person.. 'cause i cook for myself... no one ates lunch at home anymore, and it is kinda uncommon to eat heavy at dinner, but i guess that you can double the recipe... i'll have to try it at home soon.

1 Porkchop cut in dices.
1 Spoon of Mustard.
1 Spoon of Honey.
1 Spoon of Vinegar.
1 teaspoon of Sugar.
1/4 Onion Chopped any way you like.
1 teaspoon of butter.

Melt the butter and add the onion, cook it until the onion gets transparent. Add the porkchop, and stir, try to get the porkchop well cooked, but not burned! So i'd recommend medium temperature. While you cook your pork chop, in a cup mix all the other ingredients, then add to the pork, stir it well, Lower your fire and stir well.... when you see the sauce changing to a golden color, take out of the fire. Serve. Pretty easy, huh?

This dish is perfect with some smashed potatoes and green salad.

See you soon!

lunes, 18 de enero de 2010

Venezuelan Rice

Ok, so here i am...
I'm a sociologist from Caracas, Venezuela. I'm 23 years old and I'm crazy about food, recipes, baking, cooking.. and Eating!

I bet you all have heard this story before: A girl that went to college, studied for several years, and all she wanted to do (yes, you know what I am going to say) was Cook!, then she quits college, start studying in a cooking school, graduates and then have a restaurant. Yup.. that's me! Except that i didn't quit college, i didn't go to cooking school, and i don't own a restaurant... Sad, but true.

So, you may be wondering what did i study (Yeah, right!) I'm a Sociologist, that means that I actually understand things, (at least that's what people said when my buddies and I graduated last june). Anyway, I'm Young and i love to cook, and my boyfriend actually loves the things i make and actually encouraged me to write this. Why am i writing this in a foreign language?.. I have no Idea! I just think that this is a great way to practice my english, plus every blog i love are written in this language (Yup).

So, lets start with the cooking part!

Today I made some Venezuelan Rice (Im so sorry! i'll have to add pictures next time, 'cause today i don't have them), Porkshops in Orange Sauce and they were Delicious! I bet Venezuela is not a common word in kitchens all over the world, but i bet i can teach you people that there's a thing or two about my country food, so... let's start!

Venezuelan Rice:
Half Onion, chopped in any way you like (I love it in Juliene, but Dices work too)
Chopped Garlic (i love to use two or three thooths)
Chopped Paprika
One Butter teaspoon
Salt (I use one pinch)
One Rice cup (I highly recommend to use a 99% pure rice)
Two Water cups.

In a Rice pot, melt the butter, at high temperature, add the onion, garlic and paprika. Cook until the Onions get Transparent, then add the rice, stir for about two minutes, until the rice get whiter. Add the water and the Salt. Keep an eye on the rice until it boils, then lower the fire/temperature and wait until the water gets reduced, but not completely, then Cover the pot, and check it again every 5 minutes, when there's no more water in the bottom, Your rice is Ready!
Ok... Next entry will be about porkshops or something yummi to go with the rice!
See you next time!