This has been a wretched spring.
It’s almost the end of May and we are, once again, lighting fires every night.
Two weeks ago I wore shorts while I mowed the lawn and did the initial planting in the potager.
I’m back to long pants and sweatshirts.
For obvious reasons, we have not been doing a lot of outdoor cooking.
We’re still (sigh….) doing winter cooking.
At least is was good…..
Pork chops get fork-tender in no time when gently braised.
I prefer thinner, boneless chops for this spicy/sweet honey mustard sauce.
They cook faily quickly, stay tender, moist, and the reduced sauce makes it a lovely main course.
Honey Mustard Pork Chops
Preparation and cooking time: 35 minutes
- 2 – 4 boneless pork chops, 12oz (350gr) total weight
- 1/2 onion
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 tbs whole grain mustard
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 tbs sherry vinegar or cider vinegar
- Chop onion.
- Heat oil in nonstick skillet. Add onions and sauté until tender.
- Move onions to the side and add pork chops. Brown on both sides, about 10 minutes total.
- Add remaining ingredients, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
- Increase heat to medium-high. Uncover, remove pork and keep warm.
- Stir sauce well and boil until it reduces by half, about 5 minutes.
- Spoon over pork and serve.
Despite the gray, wet weather I did manage to finish planting the potager Saturday.
Of course, I finished the last two rows getting soaked in a thunderstorm. The forecast was for two more days of rain followed by 3 days of sunshine. I wanted to get the seeds in before the rain…. It would be too muddy afterwards to plant for two or three days, delaying the planting by a week.
Notice all the rocks that crop up after every rain….. As well as broken roof tiles, pieces of concrete, broken crockery, rusty tools….. I feel like an archaeologist.
Since the weather is cold and wet, mon mari is working inside, dismantling the fireplace.
Apparently, it was a very smoky fireplace as there were bits added on the sides and top. The original fireplace is very shallow, as you can see outlined in red.
You can see how much they built it out in the photo below.
As the chimney doesn’t go all the way to the top we’re not planning on making it a usuable fireplace – decorative only. It appears that it was just cut out of the wall stones, like the fireplace in the kitchen. They’ll need a bit of cleaning.
And the fence is, for the most part, finished. This is the last spot – where Bonnie got out twice last week. We hope this will solve that problem.
We still need new gates.
And some finishing bits.
As soon as the sun shines again.