Friday, April 18, 2008
Parsley Crusted Pork Chops & A New Header
Some of you guys noticed my new blog header :)
Millions of thanks to my baby sister, who did a faaaabulous job on the header, I love love love it. But, a perfectionist that she is, she is farrrrr from happy with it, and it is a work in progress, so this is just phase 1, you will see it change soon :p
I wanted something that's very me.
A bit of vintage feel, a bit cute, a bit Chinese, a bit Indonesian.
The super gorgeous and slim Chinese girl is obviously NOT ME, she is from an "old" beer poster I got from Temple St for HK$10 :). Since I ain't no beer girl, I wanted to have my favorite Indonesian sauce, Kecap Manis ABC (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) and my favorite Indonesian drink, Teh Botol Sosro (Indonesian sweetened tea) instead of beer on the header. When it comes to these two items, I am a loyal to the point of fanatic consumer, any other brand just won't do.
I am more than happy to promote things that I love, but after speaking to my lawyer (oh how cool does that sound.."my lawyer", actually he is a legal counsel in the company where I work, who is a dear friend ^_^ thanks tete!), copyright infringement is no fun, so we will remove the two particular logo/brand name soon T_T sob sob...
I also fancy having some batik pattern somewhere, maybe as a background, or as the pattern of the girl's dress...let's see how it goes ;)
I posted the header as soon as I got it, even though the size did not fit, and my sis went ballistic, and said something that's so true but I chose to ignore HAHAHA:
baby sis designer: "Overstreched image (pecah) is SO NOT SEXY!!! Please do not post!"
me: "How do you expect me to go back to plain text after posting the so not sexy but I love it header? It's likehaving to go back to sitting in economy class after flying business class"
her: ... (gave up)...
The designer won't show up until she's happy with the final result hehehe...
Now the food...I have lots of leftover cherry tomatoes, and tomatoes and pork are good friends who haven't seen each other for a while in my kitchen. So here comes the rendezvous:
- boneless pork chops (allow 1 for each person), cut into big pieces
- breadcrumbs, parsley flakes, salt, black pepper, sugar, lime juice, chicken stock (home made/powder/cube)
- finely chopped garlic (4 cloves)
- half chinese pound of kale (wash and cut into 3, cut thick stems into halves)
- 1 pack of mushrooms (cut into two or four parts, depending on how big the mushrooms are)
- cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
- olive oil, teeny bit of butter
Bruise pork chop pieces and marinate with a bit of lime juice while preparing everything else. Heat up a bit of olive oil, add 1 teaspoon butter, prepare breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, parsley flakes on a plate, roll pork chops into it and pan fry until golden, set aside on kitchen towel. Saute garlic with olive oil, add cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, add kale, cook until kale's soft enough for your taste, add seasonings, serve with the chops.