What’s Cooking

If my faithful reader follows Laurent’s blog (Larry Muffin at Home) it will be known that he has been watching his weight lately. Slowly and with great success he is returning to his pre-Covid weight if not better. He is doing it sensibly with the aid of a dietitian and I’m very proud of the progress he’s made.

Of course it has meant a bit of a change to what’s cooking here on Water Street. Portions are smaller and we are keeping an eye on certain ingredients – not to be eliminated but to be used sensibly. A few years ago we toyed with the KETO diet and I bought Kyndra D. Holley’s Craveable Keto Cookbook. To be honest I found many of the recipes too fussy and called for all manner of “health food store” provisions that would only be used maybe once or twice. However one recipe turned out to be both a winner and a favourite. Faintly Asian in name and content it is quick, easy, and extremely tasty. And any leftovers make a great lunch the next day.

Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl
– serves 4 as a main course
From Kyndra D. Holley’s Craveable Keto

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seed oil
1 medium onion,diced – about 1/2 cup
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 green onions, sliced on the bias – white and green portions separated
1 lb ground pork
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce, or more to taste
1 14 oz bag of coleslaw mix
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
Add the onion, garlic, and white portion of green onions and sauté until the green onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
Add the ground pork, ginger, salt, pepper, and Sriracha to the pan and sauté until the pork is cooked through.
Add the coleslaw mix, soy sauce, and vinegar and sauté until the coleslaw is tender.

Garnish with green part of spring onions and sesame seeds. Additional Sriracha can be drizzled over the dish or served on the side for further seasoning if desired.

Note that this works great with ground chicken, turkey or beef and various types of slaw.

The word for June 14th is:
Diet /ˈdīət/: [1. noun 2. verb]
1.1 The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
1.2 A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
2. To restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.
Middle English: from Old French diete (noun), dieter (verb), via Latin from Greek diaita ‘a way of life’

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