This is not a zucchini recipe.
It’s also not a barbecue recipe.
But the weather suddenly turned cooler, there was a bit of Greek yogurt in the fridge and there you have it.
One doesn’t normally think of pork in stroganoff, or peppers or cumin or paprika….
But…. It’s my recipe and that seemed like a good, descriptive name.
Pork, Mushroom and Pepper Stroganoff over Barley
Total time: 30 minutes
- 12oz (350gr) pork tenderloin
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 4oz (125gr) mushrooms
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbs paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3/4 cup (6oz, 180gr) chicken broth
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 tbs tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in
- 2 tbs chicken stock
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
- 1 cup (8oz, 240gr) chicken broth
- Cook barley in stock until done.
- Slice the onion, mince the garlic and chop the pepper.
- Trim and slice the mushrooms.
- Cut the pork into bite-size pieces.
- Put flour, paprika and cumin into a medium food bag and mix well.
- Add the pork and shake to coat well.
- Heat 2 tsp oil in large nonstick skillet, sauté onions, peppers, mushrooms and garlic until onions are tender.
- Remove to a plate.
- Heat remaining 2 tsp oil in same skillet. Add pork and sauté until starting to brown, 3 – 4 minutes.
- Add stock, wine, tomato paste and vegetables to skillet, stir to combine, cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 – 10 minutes.
- Dissolve cornstarch in remaining 2 tbs of stock and stir into pan. Continue stirring until quite thick.
- Remove from heat, add yogurt, mix thoroughly.
- Put the barley on a platter, spoon the Stroganoff over and serve.
My name is Trouble and I am a very bad dog.
Actually, it was mon mari‘s idea.
Since he can’t work on the house he’s been walking every day. He found a place he thought would be great for our first foray into human – dog walks.
Trouble, aka: Bonnie, agreed.
But, apparently, she didn’t think we were walking fast enough or going to interesting enough places.
We got off to a good start. The path is a popular one around a reservoir, through quiet woods and well marked, wide, easy trails.
We let the girls off leash and they ran from side to side on the path, sniffing and having a wonderful time. They would get 20 or 30 yards ahead of us then stop to wait or come running back for a treat.
Well, Guapa would come running back…. Bonnie was more, shall we say, adventurous.
We were almost to the end, where the path meets the road, when they disappeared around a corner.
I called and called and whistled and called.
We got to the end of the reservoir and there was no sign of them. I asked a group of people walking from the other side of the reservoir – nothing.
At this spot there is an intersection with 5 roads going off in various directions, and 4 walking trails.
We were clueless. Far too many places to look.
All we could do was hope that we had missed them along the trail.
Mon mari headed back along the trail to the car. I walked along the road that led back the same way.
45 minutes later we were back at the car….
We drove around a bit, then I got out and walked some of the other trails while he continued driving.
I asked lots of people – nothing.
Although I did get some very helpful advice on how and where to report them missing.
Which is what we needed to do.
One more time I decided to walk the trail. Mon mari drove back to the parking area to wait for me.
When I finally made it back to the car….. all three were waiting for me.
A few minutes earlier, mon mari had spotted the girls, ambling down the same trail, probably 10 minutes in front of me, with another human.
The nice French guy turned the bad doggies over to Other Human and continued on his way.
How we could have walked that trail 3 times and missed them I have no idea.
Guapa, as befitting a wimp, was clean and scared.
Trouble, as befitting her name, was a mess, full of sticks and burs, with muddy paws, and defiant as ever.
We’re guessing they started a deer somewhere and gave chase.
They’re sleeping soundly at the moment – getting ready for their next walk.
Which will be in about 8 years.