On Friday, I bought a pork tenderloin because I had leeks and fennel at home. On Saturday,I threw the pork in a gallon sized bag with a bit of apple cider vinegar ,sherry,salt,and cracked pepper. I intended to cook it that night for dinner. However, DH and our friend N brought home in-n-out burger at 3. And the Fremont Art Association had their Fine Art Show reception . and when I got home from that there was the party next door…So there was no dinner that night. So I thought I would cook it on Sunday night. But on our way home from the Fog Fest , the Swedish meatballs from Ikea called. No formal dinner last night. Finally tonight I cooked it.
I chopped up two giant leeks, 2 fennel bulbs ( or anise) , 3 fist sized potatoes and a handful of portabella slices. Tossed them in a roasting pan with olive oil ,salt and pepper.I let them cook for about 15 /20 minutes ( at 350) and then I tossed the possibly over-marinated pork on top. I cooked it until the internal temp was about 155. After resting for about 15 minutes I slice it thin.everything is really yummy. The pork did not get oddly textured from over marinating . Yum .
Tonight’s dinner was a simple one –
Chopped salad – meaning romaine, carrots, tomato, can of corn( drained), toasted pecans and a sprinkle of goat cheese. The dressing was jarred pesto sauce thinned with lemon juice and whatever vinegar I grabbed.
cheese – smoked Gouda and a Cheddar/Stilton mix
and Something called San Francisco Polenta Bread – I made it muffin form
1 cup flour ( I only had whole wheat)
1 cup Polenta
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1 cup milk ( I used low-fat soy , it was what I had)
1/4 cup oil
preheat oven to 425 . mix ingredients bake 20 – 25 minutes in 8X8 pan or muffin tins
Very yummy – crunchy tops. but notice that last ingredient – oil. I forgot it – completely.Honestly, I never missed it. the left over muffins might be hard – but a little butter and heating them up in the microwave ought to take care of that.
That’s the second time this week I misread a recipe. I tried to make Ellie Krieger’s baked Falafel, but misread the oven temperature. It was tasty, but over cooked. I will try it again, but using the correct oven temperature.
Tonight’s dinner was very tasty, far better than average. And that’s because most of our dinner, was given to us by friends. Last night DH was playing jazz at Federico’s. The owners have become our friends and they were very concerned that I didn’t come. When they found out that I didn’t feel up to it after my dental visit,Federico made me a velvety smooth zucchini soup. So good. That was tonight’s dinner. We paired it with one of T’s wines from Crushpad. Yummy. Meals where everything has been given to you by friends – the best