As my longtime readers know I buy whole pork loins and cut my own ‘boneless chops’.
The pork loins that I buy are, in typical French fashion, perfect: long, round and tied securely.
Three fourths of the loin gives my equally perfect ‘chops’. The remaining fourth has had a bone or bones removed and, once the string is also removed, falls apart into pieces. This goes into stir-fries, quiches, or whatever.
I defrosted my freezer the other day and found a few extra packages of ‘pork for stir-fry’.
(Yes, I actually have to defrost the freezer…..)
I wasn’t in the mood for the typical, soy-sauce infused stir-fry.
I was in the mood for something more….. Mediterranean.
Pork, Asparagus & Avocado on Basmati
Total time: 30 minutes
- 12oz (360gr) pork, suitable for stir-frying, cut into pieces
- 3 green garlic, trimmed, sliced, including green tops
- 12oz (360gr) green asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1″ (2.5cm) inch lengths
- 1/3 cup Greek olives, sliced
- 1/2 cup cubed feta
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) chicken stock
- 2 tsp cornstarch (Maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 1 tbs water
- 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
- Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and sauté, stirring for 1 minute.
- Add 1 cup stock and cook for length of time on package. usually 16 minutes. When done fluff with fork.
- Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add asparagus, pork to skillet and sauté for 7 – 8 minutes.
- Add green garlic and sauté 3 – 4 minutes longer.
- Add chicken stock, reduce heat, and simmer, covered until asparagus is tender. (This step depends on thickness, may not be needed.)
- When ready, add cornstarch mixture to pan and stir until thickened.
- Remove from heat and stir in olives and feta.
- Divide rice on to 2 plates. Spoon pork and asparagus on top.
- Top with avocado and serve..
I have an iris.
I used to have a lot of very pretty iris….
I had yellow and brown iris.
And peach iris.
And dainty lavender iris.
Those iris lasted 2 seasons.
Now I have a few lonely iris under the fig trees, near the woods.
And on the opposite side of the fence, safe from dogs.
I just have to remember to walk around to that side of the house to look at them…..
And when I do walk around to look at them I startle the dove building a nest right above.