Friday, 25 January 2013

Rain and - a lazy chef's menu

The yearly winter rainfall is here. Very much needed in the area and a sure starter for "the desert in bloom", if you can wait about three or four more weeks.
The clouds are rolling in.
All day grey sky and not much to do. Not either in the kitchen department.
Same meat as yesterday, different vegetables.
For dessert: yoghurt with strawberry jam. Simply our style of "fast-food."

While the raindrops are pattering on the roof it is time for a good book and a hot drink.
Sorry, NO bon-fire tonight. I miss it already!

Glazed Pork Sirloin with Roasted Potatoes

For the time being we are camped out near Quartzsite, AZ . The vegetation is different than near Holtville, CA, lots of Saguaro cacti that give a great photo motive.

January is the month where many winter campers gather here in the desert of Arizona to the visit flee-markets, vendors and RV-shows.

We use the occasion mainly to visit with friends and fellow bloggers who happen to be in the area.
Close by we found the winter "homes" of Toni and Doug, Sandi and Jim, Teri and Jerry, and Denise.
Yesterday we met with Jim and, today we visited with Al and Kelly.

Amazing how many great people we learned to know through boon-docking and through blogging.

Before we went to Quartzsite, AZ our refrigerator was stocked up and, today was the day were I had to do something with the pork loin.

I saved half of the seasoning mix that was meant to be on the Christmas ham.
I guessed that if this was good enough for a ham, it might be good for the pork loin as well.
So I used a generous portion of the seasoning to cover the pork loin from all sides, heated the oven up to 375 °F and roasted the meat for about 35 minutes. It turned out very well.

While the meat was cooking I cubed a sweet potato and two white ones, boiled the pieces for 10 minutes and then fried the cubes in a little oil until done.
For vegetables we had steamed cabbage and some kale.
Glazed pork sirloin on cabbage with roasted potatoes.

Ingredients for 2 pers. :

1 sweet potato, cubed
2 potatoes, cubed
1/3 of a medium cabbage head, finely sliced
2 leafs of kale, sliced
1 pound pork sirloin
1/2 cup Glazed Ham Seasoning (leftover from Christmas cooking)