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Ethically sourced pork: Delicious paté makes for easy summer lunches

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As a consumer we are bombarded with information about our food. One minute the focus is on preservatives and colourants, the next day or week, it is all about “organically raised, free-range and other buzz words. The reality is that every time I see a “free-something” symbol or sticker on my food, I subliminally add a few rands to the price.

How do I make sense and adhere to all these claims and stay within my means or budget. My advice is to keep it real and to keep it simple. In my family, I started with milk, eggs and chicken; I make sure it comes from a reputable source.

I am delighted to know that I can now add pork to my list, because Food Lover’s Market is now selling pork that is a high-quality South African product.

Pork 360 is your guarantee that:

The pork was responsibly sourced.

The pork is premium quality.

It is healthy and delicious.

The pork carries a stamp of assurance and traceability.

Pork rillettes paté

I have wanted to make pork rillettes for such a long time, but the minute I take the slow-roasted pork form the oven, my resistance crumbles and so does the prospects of making rillettes. After hearing about Pork 360, I just decided that it had to finally be done.

Pork Rillettes is made with heavily salted pork which is cooked slowly in fat until it is tender enough to be easily shredded. The meat is then cooled with enough of the fat to form a paste. It is served with bread as a rustic paté. I made my rillette with fatty pork belly but pork shoulder is also perfect.pork-rillttes-pate-2-resize

This rustic paté can last in the fridge for weeks, because it is preserved in the fat. Trust me it never lasts that long… With the onslaught of Summer Feasting, I suggest you make a few of these Pork Rillettes. When friends or family arrive, just cut a few slices of bread, pour something to drink and voila, you have yourselves a Summer Feast.

Ingredients

Makes 750ml

1,2kg Pork 360 de-boned pork belly or belly roast

5 cloves

2 all spice

30ml salt

10ml dry coriander

freshly ground pepper

2 bay leaves

a few sprigs fresh thyme

2 sticks celery – cut in chunks

1 big carrot – cut in chunks

1 big onion – cut in chunks

250ml chicken stock

15ml Dijon mustard

100g butter

15ml brandy

30ml chopped parsley

juice and zest of 1 lemon

Method

Use a grinder to make a spice mix of the cloves, all spice, salt, pepper, coriander, bay leaves and thyme. Use your hands and rub the meat with the spice mix. Cover the meat with plastic wrap and allow to rest for a couple of hours. Overnight is best.

Preheat your oven to 180 C.

Heat a pot on the stove, remove the meat from the plastic and brown the meat. Once the meat has browned, pour off some of the fat and keep for later. Remove the meat from the pot for a moment. Place all the vegetables in the bottom of the pot and place the meat back in the pot. This time on top of the vegetables. Pour in the stock and cover with the lid or some foil. Cook for 2 hours or until pork is fork tender. Remove the lid and allow the fat to crisp up. ( 10 – 15 minutes) Remove pot from the oven and also remove the meat from the pot.  Remove the crackling from the meat and keep until needed. Use two forks to shred the meat. Add Dijon mustard, parsley, zest and juice of 1 lemon and the brandy. Mix thoroughly and spoon into little ramekins. Melt the butter and mix with the reserved fat and pour over the pork. Close the ramekins and bring to room temperature after which you can refrigerate it.

To make the paté

Place the shredded pork, mustard, brandy, parsley, juice and zest and soft butter into a food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon mixture in three batches onto plastic wrap and roll into thick “sausages”. Cover with plastic and refrigerate. To decorate, roll in edible flowers, fresh herbs or pretty peppercorns. Serve with fresh bread, crostini or crackers of your choice.


Who is Nina Timm?

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Not only is Nina a food stylist, photographer and chef, she is also a mother who understands that someone working full-time needs help in the kitchen. She gets that you are looking for recipes that are easy, affordable and delicious, exactly what inspired her to start Easy cooking from Nina’s kitchen. Nina also runs a successful cooking school, is a published author and travels across the country motivating her audience while teaching them to become better cooks.

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