Pork Chops with Cabbage, Slow Cooker; rats, II

Thai inspired Pork Chops with Cabbage done in the slow cooker is a lazy cooks stir-fry.

I love the flavors and I love dumping it all in the slow cooker and ignoring it for hours. Plus I had peanut butter left from the Christmas baking.

Our house, or rather, someone who shall remain nameless, tends to have tastes that go in streaks. I’ll buy 1 or 2 jars of peanut butter every week for a year and always be running out when, suddenly, the last 2 don’t get opened. The peanut butter phase ends. The same could happen with strawberry jam or Camembert cheese or sauerkraut or (insert food here).

The only one in the house truly saddened by the sudden peanut butter demise is Guapa…..

She always got to lick out the empty jars.

She has to wait much longer when it’s only me using it.

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Pork Chops with Cabbage, Slow Cooker

This is not an actual Thai recipe – just inspired by Thai flavors

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Slow Cooker

Ingredients

Scale
  • 12oz (360gr) boneless pork chops, cut in half or thirds
  • 2 small carrots, cut into sticks
  • 1 1/22 cups Savoy cabbage, roughly chopped (about 1/3 head)
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 2 tbs miso
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250ml) chicken broth
  • 2 tbs tapioca

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except pork in slow cooker and stir well to combine.
  • Nestle pork into the vegetables.
  • Cover and cook, low heat, for 6 hours
  • Serve on rice or quinoa

Notes

You can use 1 large carrot instead of 2 small, 1 medium onion in place of the shallots, and 1 tbs soy sauce in place of the miso.

Keywords: pork, thai pork, cabbage, slow cooker

Thai Pork & Cabbage

Now…. about those rats.

I had been noticing that for the last week the bird feeder was being cleaned out overnight.

I also noticed that there were rather large rat ‘droppings’ in the feeder.

We often get high winds coming across the valley so mon mari screwed the feeder into the railings. Last year it blew off and broke. This year it was very secure.

The other night I turned on the balcony light and saw something moving by the feeder.

I went out to have a closer look.

It was a big rat.

It jumped off the railing and ran down the stairs towards the pool.

I took a step closer.

The birdfeeder was full of writhing rats.

I stomped my feet and they started getting out of the feeder. They were jumping off the railing like….. rats leaving a sinking ship. I have no idea how they all got into the birdfeeder but there were at least a dozen that were jumping off and running down the stairs. One came flying at me and hit me in the thigh.

I got the flashlight. There were still 3 in the feeder. Two ran off and the other didn’t move. We decided it must have died in the crush.

We left it for morning. It was gone by then.

Mon mari unscrewed the feeder and we now bring it in at night – or during high winds.

The big daddy of all rats apparently over-shot his mark when leaving. The next morning he was ‘sleeping’ at the bottom of the pool. He was huge, easily the biggest rat either of us have ever seen. He was the size of rats in horror films.

Must have been all that bird seed….

And that’s life in the country.

Slow Cooker Thai Pork

Comments 12

  1. Awww…I’m sorry but that does make me sad. I know, but still…

    You’re going to have to sweep the bits of seed off the deck too in order to get them to go. As long as there’s any food left, even a couple pieces of seed here and there, they’ll keep coming back.

    I do chops in the slow cooker, but I use my sauerkraut. You know, I can mine, but you could make some on the counter. It’s easy to do and takes no minding once it’s in the jar. Just sayin’… 😉 In the meantime, I’m sitting here smelling the corned beef I have going in my crockpot. I tried it in the crockpot for the first time a few weeks ago and it was fabulous so no more boiled dinner. And I use a liner so it’s easy clean up.

    • I wish I could get corned beef – it’s just not available here other than tiny little cans that are found next to the tiny little cans of Spam. I never saw it in Ireland, either.
      We can’t get a ham, either. All ham is turned into rolls to slice for sandwiches.
      The rats have not been back since I bring the feeder in at night.
      On the other hand, the feral cat has returned and is back to coming every day to eat. He must have gotten shut in somewhere. He looked skinny when I first saw him but the second time he looked back to normal.

      • YAY for the kitty!

        Can you get brisket? You can make your own brine. It’s really not very hard. I don’t think I’d like canned. I’ve never had it canned. But there are so many places around here that brine their own and so many recipes online on how to do it. I’m adventurous. I’d try it, but that’s me. 😉

        • I tried figuring out what cut that would be once – and wasn’t successful. The cuts of beef (and everything else) are very different here. Plus the like to bone and tie things. I bought what I though was a roast once, and it turned out to be a bunch of short ribs all tied together. lol

  2. I want to say Ooooh pork chops with cabbage! But I keep letting myself be distracted by your report about the feeder.

    Eeeeeek!!!

    We don’t often see signs of rats here, except occasionally flattened ones in the lane. But the other morning, someone reported that they found their fatally maimed cat in the lane. Someone else reported seeing two coyotes waltzing down the front street late the night before. I’m guessing that the coyotes are keeping the local rats to a minimum….

    (We stopped filling our bird feeder when we found a cardinal wing on the patio – the local cats being cats….)

    • Our feral cat returned the other day after a long absence. I saw him sitting under a bush watching a magpie. The magpie walked right past him, taunting. Maybe they are too big for the cat to go after. Or too mean. Our rabbit population is down, which is thanks to the cat.
      We need foxes……
      We don’t have (or need) coyotes.

      • Magpies are vicious and mean. They’re beautiful too. But mean. Magpies used to torment my parents’ dog. Mum and Dad always let the dog out to run freely in the back yard (fences that he couldn’t jump over) and every day a pair of magpies would come to sit on the inner ledge of the fence, just out of his reach and laugh at him as he frantically tried to get at them. Mum often reported going out to the yard to yell at the magpies. She said they would look at her insolently and then lazily fly off.

        I much prefer foxes to coyotes. However, now that coyotes have moved into the neighbourhood, maybe the overly burgeoning raccoon population will be reduced radically….

        • We have doves that nest in our giant wisteria. They push their young out of the nest when they are almost ready to fly. The young usually fly off within a few hours. Last year the magpies killed the young before they had a chance. I had been watching, and protecting them, as best I could – not good enough.
          Nasty birds…..

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