Slow cookers are literally one of my favourite things in the entire world, I just want to put that out there. The fact that you can take a cheap cut of meat, leave it for 8 hours and come back to that melt in the mouth, fall off fork deliciousness that makes you believe in a higher power – how can you not love that?
A couple of weeks ago I used my mighty slow cooker to make jerk pork. I used pork shoulder but cut off the thick layer of fat to make it as lean as I could. I know fat equals flavour but when you’re cooking this way, there’s no need to compromise health points because it tastes bomb anyway.
After cutting off the fat, I used a sharp knife to make a few incisions over the meat and stuffed these with crushed garlic. Then I rubbed the meat (lol) with a jerk paste I found in the supermarket. Yeah as a self proclaimed foodie I guess I could have made my own but come on man, it was a week day. Everybody has their lazy days. Anyway, jerk paste and garlic on, I put the meat in a dish and covered with cling film to sit in the fridge overnight. That really is the key here. Marinade the shit out of that.
So fast forward 8 hours of attempting to maintain a solid 40% of bed space whilst similtaenousky sharing a bed with a 6’6 bear man, and my alarm went off. It’s so nerdy, whenever I’m making something that’s been marinating overnight it’s literally the first thing I think of when I wake up. I tootled down the stairs and squeezed the juice of an orange and 2 limes into the bottom of the slow cooker, placed the pork on top and set it to cook on low.
There’s something ridiculously satisfying about sitting at your desk at work, answering emails, knowing that your kitchen is currently creating magic. It kind of makes me feel smug, in an ‘I’m so prepared I’m basically superwoman’ type of way. Which then makes me want to slap myself until my teeth fall out, so you know, swings and roundabouts.
Anyway, moving on.
I have a struggle in my house, because bear man boyfriend who was mentioned earlier isn’t really a fan of salsa. But come on man, there are some things you can’t eat without salsa, and this is one of ’em. So as a compromise on the traditional tomato/onion based salsa, I made a mango/avocado salsa which went down a treat. I served this with some brown rice, and it actually was received so well it has been put into the other half’s ‘top 5 dinners’ list, which is genuinely quite an accomplishment.
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