Even though we’re no longer in the suit and briefcase trenches I still like easy mid-week dinners.
I’m happy to spend a few hours in the kitchen on the weekends making something a bit more complicated, but, unless it’s hands-off, in the oven, cooking on it’s own, I like week-day dinners to be faster.
Old habits die hard…..
Pork tenderloin suits a fast dinner perfectly. It cooks quickly and stays tender and moist.
Pork Tenderloin and Shallots in Red Wine
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 pork tenderloin, 14oz (420gr), cut in 1″ (2.5cm) slices
- 6 – 8 shallots, peeled, cut in half the long way if large
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup dry-cured Greek olives, pitted, cut in half
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) red wine
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs cornstarch (corn flour, maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water
- Heat oil in large skillet. Add shallots and sauté 5 minutes.
- Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Add pork and brown, turning once.
- Add garlic and sauté briefly.
- Return shallots, to skillet, add wine and bay leaves.
- Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- After add olives and simmer 5 minutes longer.
- To finish:
- Remove pork to a platter.
- Remove and discard bay leaves.
- Increase heat, add cornstarch and stir until thickened.
- Spoon sauce and shallots on pork and serve.
Winter has arrived.
Late by northern US standards, but here at last.
I had to get my winter jacket out this morning to walk the dogs.
It was 75F over the weekend…. lovely late November weather.
Monday morning was (to quote my neighbor) fresh. It was also a bit windy.
By Tuesday morning it was 42F.
Tuesday morning was also the day our power was off.
Big, old stone farmhouses are very dark inside on gray, wintry mornings when there’s no electricity.
As we had a few days warning about the power, I went off for a walk with my neighbor and mon mari went off to buy building supplies to finish the last room upstairs.
We both got home early afternoon to a very cold house.
Mon mari built a fire in the big fireplace and I lit one in the kitchen stove for the first time this season.
Winter is here.
We might even get a (gasp!) frost tonight.