Crock Pot Pork Stew
2 lbs. boneless pork shoulder, cut into cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs of celery, sliced
1 cup of carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup of cabbage, roughly chopped
1 large can of diced tomatoes
2 cups of beef stock or water
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste
Wash the produce and measure out all your ingredients.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
Put the flour in a plastic bag, and add the pork cubes, a few at a time if you have to. Seal the bag and toss until pieces are well coated. Tap off excess and saute pork cubes in pan until nicely browned, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the pork to your crockpot, along with the onions, garlic, all the vegetables, including the canned tomatoes, paprika, beef stock or water, and red wine. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Check yours after five hours as crockpot temperatures vary.
About an hour before the stew is finished, peel and cube as many potatoes as you need, add water and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and boil until cooked through. Thoroughly drain, add butter or whatever you use to mash potatoes. Add them to a bowl and pour stew over the top.
You can serve with Parmesan bread using a couple of hotdog rolls, spread with a little butter and topped with finely grated Parmesan. Broil until the Parmesan is melted and nicely browned. Another time instead of using bread rolls I put a couple of small mounds of grated Parmesan in a pan lined with non-stick aluminum foil, and melted them under the broiler. They became crispy rounds and I put these on top of the pork stew, which you can see in these photos. Very yummy!
Nothing too exciting but enjoyable to us.
Gregg goes to the library, which he has thoroughly enjoyed ever since childhood. These days he loves to read the Wall Street Journal and the Economist magazine, and also enjoys reading books that are usually non-fiction. As we are going through our quiet time he has enjoyed his trips up to the library and while he is away I catch up on my housework.
I stopped Blue Apron for a couple of weeks as I am trying to whittle down what we have in the fridge, freezer and pantry.
Yesterday we went to the supermarket for a few supplies though. I usually pick up bananas, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, and a few veggies. I have a bee in my bonnet of only buying organic, not always possible but try my best.
I also bought fixings for scones as son was chatting to a couple of friends a few days ago, and they had never had a cream tea. Bless his cotton socks, he was going to try making them and after asking a few questions, mum offered to whip up a batch. He and our daughter-in-law were going to meet up with their friends today, and will be picking them up at three.
This morning (Sunday the 5th) I made two batches. The first I wasn't entirely happy with, but they were my testers. It's been a long time since I made any. Gregg was Chief Taste-Tester and he enjoyed one out of each batch. He said they were both great, and that I should make more. Yesterday I bought English strawberry jam, and we already had clotted cream in the fridge. I'm hoping his friends will enjoy them.
Gregg wants me to make another batch. I told him I would but we need another jar of clotted cream. I wouldn't open the one we are giving to son. It's not something we could have on a regular basis, but I promised I would make them soon. We have been eating so healthy and I don't want to break that habit. But as me dear old mum used to say, a little bit of what you fancy does you good.
Has anyone watched the British TV series "Victoria"? Oh my goodness, a great show! I watched the whole first season on Netflix recently, and I absolutely loved it. You can go here to learn more. The costumes are fabulous, the acting superb, and these actors make you forget they are just playing a role. You learn a bit of history as you go along, and I certainly had empathy for an 18 year old young woman who found herself crowned Queen of England at such a tender age. The next time I get together with my Brit friends for the weekend, I will share this with them. I have known about Queen Victoria all my life, but I would like to refresh with a biography now as I am intrigued. If you like historical drama I can highly recommend it. I am happy to say that the second season starts soon on PBS.
I have just heard about the shooting in Texas. Heart heavy as I add this, and my one question is why? Three mass shootings, the worst in US history the newspapers say. Those poor people! Sometimes I think the world has gone mad.