Tonight, I left Kait in charge of picking a recipe which was no mistake. She picked a good, but simple, recipe: Honey Baked Pork. You simply brown the pork chops on the stove top, melt honey and brown sugar in the microwave, and bake for 15 minutes on each side- using half the sauce to cover each side. Kait has also decided to expand the scope of our explorations and explore sides as well, calling our staple of boiled carrots and broccoli “boring”. Her response was to try stuffed mushrooms, but the grocery store didn’t have any plain ones left, just these store-prepared ones. People in the UK apparently don’t like to cook… But we paired this with a little bit of rice as well as a few slices of bread with balsamic and oil.
This turned out wonderfully. We were surprised that the sauce stayed thin instead of becoming more of a glaze considering how much sugar was in it. The prepared stuffed mushrooms were very good as well, and I wouldn’t mind them being a main on their own (although I would need a couple of them). They had a cream cheese, garlic, herbs, and bread crumbs as the stuffing, though I would opt for less cream cheese out of principle. Tonight, our carbs were fairly “common” to us. Plain rice and homemade sourdough bread are frequent parts of our weekly menu.
As if I didn’t already agree with Kait, that our sides could use some new variety and creativity, sitting down to this meal emphasized this point. The pork was creative and new, the mushrooms unique, the bread artisan, and the rice… well, bland with room for imaginative improvement.