Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Wow, girls. Two posts in one day. I guess I'm making up for the day I lost in bed yesterday!You'll have to excuse me ladies, but I have to brag on my man for just a minute. Some of you already know that I have a man who bends over backward to help me whenever I need help. He is always happy to help me around the house, and he does nearly half of the cooking. Well, girls, he out did himself last night. I had found a Rachael Ray recipe that looked intriguing, and he made it for dinner last night. Seriously, it was some of the best tasting food I have had. It was really really good!! It was so good, I thought I would share the recipe with ya'll. If you try it, let me know what you think! Ooh, we just might have to make it again soon...

Cuban Spiced Pork with Saffrito Rice

Rice: 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil 2 slices bacon, chopped 1 small white onion, chopped 1 small green bell pepper, chopped 2 3/4 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 cups white rice 2 pinches saffron or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric Salt

: 2 pork tenderloins, trimmed, about 2 1/2 pounds total weight 4 cloves garlic, cracked away from skin 4 bay leaves 2 teaspoons anise seed 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 limes, zested 2 tablespoons grill seasoning blend (recommended: McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning) or coarse salt and pepper EVOO - Extra-virgin olive oil, or vegetable oil, to coat. Optional garnishes: chopped mango or kiwi, or chopped cilantro and scallions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Heat medium pot with tight fitting lid over medium high heat. Add oil and bacon and brown bacon. Add onions and peppers, saffron and salt, and saute 5 minutes. Bring broth to a boil. Add rice. Cover the pot and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 15 to 18 minutes, until rice is tender.

For pork, cut 4 slits into each loin and nest garlic and bay into meat. Place meat on nonstick baking sheet. Combine the spices. Coat meat with oil. Rub spices over the pork tenderloins and place in oven. Roast meat 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Let juices redistribute, then slice and serve with soffrito rice and garnishes of chopped tropical fruit or chopped cilantro and scallions.

Girls, this meal was seriously divine!! The pork was wonderful, and the rice, oh, all I can say is YUM-O!! Let me know what you think if you try it out!!


Sarah said...

Totally not about the food...just catching up on blogging reading and just read your last couple of posts...bless your heart! I hope you are feeling a million times better! Believe me, I have been there, and it's horrible...even worse when you don't have a "reason" to pin it on, because then you just feel worse...and you start to go through everything in your head and that's probably where the thinking negative things about yourself comes in! It's like a suffocating attack.

Definitely still praying for you! E-mail me if you would like to.

Brooklyn said...

that looks really good and very different from what i usually cook. i will have to try it. i love to watch 30 min. meals althought i haven't actually cooked any of them. that is so sweet that your husband cooked it for you. my husband is a great cook and it is so nice when he does all the work! i'm hungry!

petrii said...

Yes it is me again and apparently I'm working my way backwards (why do I do that?) Okay anyway, this sounds YUMMY, but can I ask a dumb question? What is saffron and where would a girl find it?

Anonymous said...

This meal really was awesome! Doesn't it look so good! (Sorry. I was trying to work in more exclamation points (!).