Friday, May 25, 2012

They go POP!

This is a story about a little piggie that went to the market. This little piggie came home, with me, in the form of these ribs. Hey now, I never said this was a kid friendly place. There will be no happy ending for little Porker, just Voo and I and our happy tummies.

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.

 I told you this was a giant piece of meat! Folded under and almost as big as the cutting board. Holy LORD!

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.
 Meat cut, flipped and dipped and slopped in onion and spice juices...yea, this is going to be good!
 In it went, at 2:49 p.m. Oh happy day. Fast forward----little Porker, R.I.P little buddy, cooked for about seven hours. Aww, Seven. She was a happy girl when all this was happening; the girls seem to love the excitement in the kitchen.

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...

 A little veggie medley to make this meal seem somewhat healthy! Zucchini, yellow summer squash and red onion make a great dish when cooked with a couple tablespoons of butter and salt/pepper. Seasoned with old bay at the end, viola!, easy peasy, delicious and healthy too. Huh, there's that "viola" again, Voo mentioned I say that a lot lately. It's the part of me that wants to seem cultured peeking through.

 Ohhh Em GEE!! They're popping. Let me tell you, at this point, Voo is cracking up because I'm calling him into the kitchen, running around like a mad woman, snapping shots and explaining that this is EXACTLY what these little popovers are supposed to look like! I did it!

 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

 Mmmm....BBQ sauce. This batch ended up really sweet, which was alright and went great with the meat and the popovers. I'll make a post one day about this stuffs. ;) Another time, same place.

 YA! Popover success. These little mounds of doughy goodness were awesome. We decided that little omelets would go great in these, or cinnamon and more sugar to make them dessert type bowls, mmm, or filled with apples and caramel, garlic and cheeses with herbs for savory ones. This list could go on and on with what could be done with these. 

 Hollow center with a custardy/doughy bottom. These were nice!
 And here we are. Plated and ready to eat. The pork was pull apart, fall off the bone, can't even pick up a big piece because it falls apart tender and juicy. Just wow.

 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! 


1 comment:

  1. Yeah... this story and the pics just makes me hungry... For Buffalo shrimp maybe?