Cooking in Communes

(Recipe below: Squid Ink Spaghetti Carbonara with Smoked Angel Fish) By the time I left high school, I had never eaten an olive. Sheep testicles, yes, those I did, but never an olive. By the time I arrived at my preferred institution of tertiary learning I was a virgin of many fine foods: capers, rhubarb, spinach,…

Warthog Spare Ribs

The story – Flamboyant Warthog Ginger Ketchup Recipe Ingredients 1 kilogram Warthog spareribs 1 tablespoon Soy sauce 1/8 teaspoon Ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon Ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon Ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon Dried Chilli Flakes 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt Directions Combine all the ingredients…

Old Recipes in Old Books

Recipe – Pork Brawn and Redcurrant Chutney  Just a few weeks ago someone very kind gave me a collection of old cook books. The collection belonged to someone dear to her, and she thought it best to pass it on to someone whom she thought might appreciate them. I remain indebted to her. It is a…

Pork Brawn

Story – Old Recipes in old books Ingredients: 4 Pig’s trotters 4 Pig’s ears 1 Pig’s tongue 1 Yellow onion, Quartered 2 Carrots, Diced 4 Whole cloves 6 Black pepper corns 12 Allspice berries 3 tablespoons Vegetarian oyster sauce (made from mushrooms) 100 milliliters White balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons Fresh chives, Finely chopped Salt and…

Grilled pork chops with pumpkin seed mole

The story – Sauce for the Archbishop Grilled pork chops with pumpkin seed mole Ingredients: Pork chops 6 Pork chops 1 teaspoon Cumin powder 1 teaspoon Dried chilli flakes 1 teaspoon Corriander powder Salt and pepper for seasoning 1 tablespoon Olive oil Pumpkin seed Mole 1 cup Pumpkin seeds 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon…

Cassoulet with smoked ham hock

The Story – Lodges and villages Ingredients: 1 Smoked ham hock (Eisbein) 3 Bratwurst 3 cups Sugar beans, Cooked 2 Carrots, Cut in half and sliced thinly 5 cloves Garlic, Finely diced 2 Onions, Diced 400 grams Tomatoes, Skinned and chopped 3 tablespoons Tomato puree 4 Bay leaves 3 tablespoons Olive oil 1 ½ cups…

Chairman Mao’s Red-Braised Pork Belly

The story Ingredients: 500 grams Pork Belly, Whole, skin on 30 grams Ginger, Skin on, sliced 2 tablespoons Sugar 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil 1 tablespoon Rice wine or dry sherry 1 Star Anise 3 Dried red chili 1 piece Cassia bark or cinnamon stick, 5-6 cm 1/4 cup Light soy sauce 4 Spring Onion, Chopped…

Jerk Pork Belly

Story – Street food Ingredients: 1 1/2 kilograms Pork belly 1/4 cup Dark rum 3 centimeters Fresh ginger 1 bunch Sping onion 2 tablespoons Fresh thyme 6 Cloves Garlic 10 berries Pimento (All spice) 1 tablespoon Black pepper corns 1 tablespoon Nutmeg 2 sticks Cinnamon 4 Red Chili 1/4 cup Brown sugar 2 tablespoons Soy…