Hello. My name is Derek. No it’s not, it’s Iggy. I don’t know why I just said it was Derek. It is not. For it is Iggy. All jokes aside, yesterday I made a stock, a new stock, an exciting stock. A white chicken stock. I cheated slightly I have to confess. I put in some bones with the carcass and the neck instead of ready made stock . I also completely forgot that you only boil it for 1h30 if its a chicken stock and boiled it for 5 hours, but I think that if you use the beef bones, it takes that time to extract the juices, so I think I did the recipe just the long way round.
Then tonight I made grandmother roast pork. Basically you take a bit of pork, you brown it on all sides in a lot of butter (unnecessary alert! when you put it in the oven for that long – 2 hours – you don’t need to do this! just puts fat all over the kitchen.) then place it in the oven for an hour covered. Meanwhile you boil some potatoes for 1 minute, then saute it in butter to brown. I also boiled some onions. after the hour is up, strew the vegetables round the pork and return to the oven for an other hour. Then when you’re gonna serve, just remove the pork and the vegetables and reduce the gravy slightly.
Now, I was going to make some red cabbage with some chestnuts, however, I didn’t see that it took 5 hours to make! So in a rush, I decided to make a gratin de pommes de terre crecy, which is exactly like a gratin de pommes de terre jurassien but with carrots so I decided to count both of them. It was also not a very thoughtful plan as I already had potatoes in the main dish, but it was still delish. Basically, you braise some carrots for a half hour, cut potatoes finely, then layer the potatoes and carrots in a dish, dotting with butter between layers. Grate a f*ck ton of cheese on it and pour over some cram, then put in the oven for an hour. Eat. It was all really nice, the pork was tender, the gratin was well gratinated, it was just great.
Okay! That was nice! I have to go now for I must attend a funeral for my mother’s half-brother’s second cousin’s pet. Bye!