Alexis: This Sunday I made dinner for Alex, Mike and Erin H. using a couple of Jamie Oliver's recipes. I started with my own watermelon-goat cheese-mint over Boston lettuce with a dressing of extra virgin, seasoned rice vinegar and honey. Then I started on the roast pork, which was rolled in rosemary, caraway seeds, salt and pepper, then placed in a pre-heated cast iron skillet fat side down for a couple of minutes. Then I flipped it over and filled all the empty spaces with quartered red onions, chopped celery, the remaining spice mix and some crushed garlic. This went into the oven (375 for ours, maybe 400 for yours).
Alex: The salad was excellent. Nice and fresh for the summer, especially with the watermelon.
Alexis: This is the result. I took the pork out after about 45 mins and poured about 2 glasses worth of Chardonnay into the skillet to reduce into a sauce. Then I sliced the pork thinly and served the sauce over it. I thought the pork was a tiny bit on the dry side, and will make adjustments for next time. Otherwise, tasty.
Alex: The pork was ever so slightly dry, but extra sauce helped it out. I loved the spices on the meat and it had a nice little ring of fat all around it that gave it extra flavor.
All I had to do was pull it out midway and give it a stir. And the finished product, lovely caramelized onions, a sweet balsamic sauce and butter soft roasted garlic. I think potatoes are my favorite comfort food by far!
Alex: The potatoes were a pleasant surprise. The vinegar gave them a sweet and sour taste. I sprinkled a little extra sea salt onto them and they were perfect. This was an overall delicious meal, I could tell I liked it a lot when I went for a 3rd helping!