Monday, October 6, 2008

Rosemary Roasted Pork Belly and Stewed Pork Ribs with Potatoes

I woke up this morning feeling pleasantly surprised. The temperature is down to the perfect air-conditioned-like 23C. Wow! Autumn is here! I am super excited to purchase endless supplies of boots, boots and more boots. Low heeled ones to commute, high heeled ones for when I feel sexy or won't be walking at all, chunky ones with fringe to keep up with trend, crocheted ones to match my girly frocks...and so on, and so on, and so on. They will all have something in common, which is....CHEAP! Hehe. Quantity > quality. Maybe that's why my legs and feet are always hurt. :p

I think the little kitchen bitch inside of me felt the arrival of autumn all I wanted to do recently was stewing, stewing and more stewing! It's just like how my joints get painful when a typhoon is coming, minus the pain, just a little itch ^_*

I was wondering if a stew would be a perfect opportunity to use the beautifully dried rosemary I received from Kits Chow recently. Thanks so much, girl! I've been dying to try using more herbs, such as rosemary and oregano, but did not even have the strength to move my azz far enough to buy them from any luxury supermarkets, let alone trying to plant them myself, just like what you did. Bravo!

The feeling of opening a package...I could imagine that it was just like an early Christmas morning (since growing up in Indonesia, I've never actually celebrated Christmas that way hehe)

I got a book of how to make my own natural beauty treatments (I could really use some...other than just my single bottle of Olay)...and the packs of dried rosemary and oregano! Wow! Thanks again so very much, you're awesome!

I saw a pack of beautiful pork ribs and a pack of crazy cheap pork belly, and couldn't resist but to buy them both (just like how I couldn't resist buying pairs after pairs of cheap boots hehe). Plus, I kinda wanted to use the's been abandoned for quite a while, I am sure it is pretty depressed. I should really name my kitchen appliances, guys. Am I nuts? Does anyone do the same?

Rosemary Roasted Pork Belly & Stewed Pork Ribs with Potatoes

- 1 pack (1/2 lb) pork ribs with bone
- 1 pack (1/2 lb) pork belly
- 1 large potato, cut into bite size chunks
- a couple of tbsp chopped dried rosemary
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil, hot water

Rub pork ribs and belly with chopped garlic, rosemary, and olive oil. Heat up pot, throw in ribs and belly (skin down) and let them brown a bit, add hot water just enough to cover everything, bring to boil, add salt, pepper sugar, cook until the meat is cooked, remove pork belly, continue to simmer the ribs in low heat for about 2 hours-3 hours, you will know when it is done when you see the meat falls off the bones. Throw in the potatoes only in the last 30 minutes. Adjust seasoning when necessary. I like them intense and tasty.

Preheat oven to 200C, grill pork belly until the top skin is golden and crisp, basting it with the juices from the simmering ribs from time to time.

You'll get crazy tender pork ribs and super crunchy pork belly to match.

Would it be too crazy to start wearing my boots now when it's 23C? No, right? I saw people started wearing them when it was 32C anyway!


Anonymous said...

Yummmm!! I'm hungry... the pork looks perfect with the layer of fat ^^!

noobcook said...

23C ... really envy your cool weather now ... the only time I have 23C is when the aircon is on, lol =P The stew looks perfect for the cool weather =D~

Peter M said...

Rita, you rendered that pork down to tender-goodness!

MiNDY said...

duh lafar jadinya Rit ngliat itu pork, palagi pake lemak²nya.. tambah slurp

Cynthia said...

KC offered to send me some herbs too but they would not through Customs here.

I am completely in love with this very porky post :)

A.G said...

kelingan jek due utang aku pada dirimu Rit.. bsk kl pulang dr mudik ya hehe :)
amplope jek tak simpen ;)

KC said...

The pork looks excellent. I'm going to try your recipe soon! Hot roast pork really hits the spot on a cold day.

Pam said...

I'm also excited about book weather! I was actually trying to decide if it's cold enough yet. It is in the mornings, but it warms up too much during the day. But I am sooo ready for the ease of boots.

Beachlover said...

west meet the east combination pork!! great receipe!! I have oregano in my garden,I think I better use it to roast pork belly like yours b4 it's get killed by frost!

Jescel said...

they say if shoes hurt, they must be fabulous! I'm there with ya, girl! lol! i'm sure you'll forget your hurting feet when a meal like this awaits you at the end of the day! :oD

tigerfish said...

Jealous of hearing 23C in Hong Kong...

I have been experimenting with rosemary herbs recently it.

Jin Hooi said...

23c is a good weather to put ur boots on ;-) actually, don't worry about the weather , as long as it looks good ;-p

Kevin said...

That pork looks so tasty! I have not worked with pork belly yet but it always looks so good.