Upon entering Publix yesterday, the freezer case display up front was stocked with these beautiful cuts of meat. I couldn't say no, the carnivore in me was satisfied when the packaging cracked, giving way when I picked it up because it was so heavy! Something like 5 lbs. of pork...yup, coming home with me.
Since Voo was working from home yesterday, he was around to snap photos for me/of me in the kitchen, goodness I love his enthusiasm for this. That also meant he was cleaning the kitchen, mighty thoroughly might I add! Awesomeness.
Well, it was under way, Voo pulled out the crockpot as he insisted that I must use it. He says there are some things I just hate and swore to never use, the crockpot and tupperware. He's changed me since those words were spoken six months ago, I use tupperware/glass ware all the time, and here you see I used the crockpot. Change is good.
Spices and onions. Chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon (yup, Voo insists cinnamon and salt need to be included in EVERYTHING, no joke!), coriander, brown sugar, garlic and a couple things I can't remember right now. These ingredients were added straight to the crockpot and cooked on high for about 10 minutes before the meat was added. It didn't take long for the aroma of onions, garlic and awesome spices to fill the house.
Voo at work here, being the photog that he is. I was told to keep on keepin' on. I listen well! :)
Okay, this photo cracks me up. I was entirely too excited for him to take this picture. When I was removing this hunk'o-meat and about to cut it down to fit in the pot, I just couldn't believe how big and heavy it was. What can I say? I love my BIIIIIIIG meat! ---Said in my best Anne Burrell voice, of course.
Here you go guys, Mr. Voo waltzed into the room, Aim, Shoot and "HA!" is what I heard and he told me that everyone needed to know what Mo is up to when the cooking is happening. Well, when I have moments to rest at least. Snuggled on the couch, in his spot. It's just so much more comfy! We both passed out for a few hours after all that hard prep work.
At this point, the pork has been cooking for about six hours, I realize it's time to think about sides. Popovers and veggies it is. Now, I've never made popovers but I've been wanting to try them. Upon reading different reviews, I learned that they are sometimes a nightmare! Eh, what's the worst that can happen?! .....they don't pop. Duh! ;)
Popover batter, consistency of heavy cream, as the recipe stated. This reminded me of a crepe batter. Hmm...
And he's washing more dishes. He kept saying that he was "caught up!" I kept making more dirty dishes for him though. What a trooper, this man. <3
Add some sauce, pull apart, mix and try to not eat it all before sitting down.
There we have it. Now I'm hungry again though. I've been sitting here at Panera for a couple hours, going through the photos and writing this post, but it is now 5:30, and Voo is probably at home by now. Time to get some leftovers!