Not A Leg

by wjw on March 1, 2021


I asked the market to give me a leg of lamb, but they gave me a pork roast instead.  So when life gives you a pork roast . . . I’m sure you can finish this sentence on your own.

I decided to cook it sous vide, because sous vide cooks the food exactly the way you want it, and because it melts the collagen and makes everything tender.  So I went looking for a recipe, and found one in Tina Baker’s Sous Vide Cookbook, for what she calls Chinatown Braised Pork, essentially an attempt to re-create those crimson, shimmering slabs of pork you see in restaurant windows in Chinese neighborhoods.

I’m not sure that’s exactly what I got, but what I got was choice.  I started with a spice rub of salt, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, and ground fennel (which I didn’t have), then added a sauce of hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, sherry, and sesame oil, with some garlic, star anise, and ginger thrown in.  I cooked it for 24 hours at 134 degrees F, then browned the exterior in a skillet and carved it up.  The interior was tender and pleasantly (and safely) pink, and extremely flavorful with the sauce on it.  Kathy wanted acorn squash, so that’s what we had with it, along with peas.

Cooking raises the morale in lockdown, which is why I cooked elaborate meals even when I was alone for three months.

After all, I’ve got the time, don’t I?

Lance Larka March 1, 2021 at 11:40 pm

I’m an American living in the Philippines. I’ve been taking the quarantine restrictions as an opportunity to show my wife’s daughters how to cook new recipes they haven’t had before.

Next up they get steamed live crabs, corn, and prawns. With a few hot peppers.

wjw March 2, 2021 at 12:41 am

Aw man, that sounds wonderful. If it weren’t for the pandemic part, that is.

Clyde March 2, 2021 at 2:48 am

Yuummm! You guys are making me hungry.
Luckily for me, the wife is cooking up some buri-daikon right now.

John F. MacMichael March 3, 2021 at 4:05 pm

Your pork roast sounds delicious but I hope the market charged you for the pork roast you got and not for the leg of lamb you ordered!

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