Pork & Veg in blackbean sauce


Cooked in black bean sauce

Cooked in black bean sauce

Ingredients:

  • 300g broccoli
  • 3 garlic cloves

    Ingredients for the meal

    Ingredients for the meal

  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 300g pork cut in 1 cm thick
  • 10g ginger – grated
  • 200g noodles – precooked
  • 200g black bean sauce
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • 2 table spoons soy sauce

Before you start, ensure that all the prep is done; all the peeling, chopping, grating, rinsing complete, set aside. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package.

Method:

In a cold pan, add 3 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil, line the bottom of the pan with a layer of onions, then the slices of meat, garlic and ginger. Cover the pan and place it on the heat to cook for 5 minutes. No need to add liquid as the meat’s juices will trickle down and moisten the bottom of the pan.

After that, open the pan and stir the content to allow all the ingredients to mix. Add 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce, black beans sauce, adjust salt then cover to simmer for 3 minutes.

Now add the vegetables and stir to make sure that they are completely covered with the sauce. Cover the pan and leave on the heat for about 2 minutes, then turn off the heat, leave the pan covered to allow the steam to finish softening the vegetables (in particular the Broccoli) without overcooking it.

Serve as suggested and enjoy.

Pork, veg, black bean sauce served on a bed of noodles

Pork, veg, black bean sauce served on a bed of noodles

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The Beans salad


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Pulses salad served with Rice cakes

For this colourful pulses salad we need the following:

½ Chick peas tin – 100grs of green lentil (preferably dry) – or half a tin – 100grs black kidney beans (preferably dry) – or half a tin –  1 small tin sweet corn – Toasted sesame seeds (1 table spoon) – Sundried tomato (5 pieces) – Salt & ground thyme – 2 Table spoons of garlic flavoured olive oil. You will get this if you buy a jar of garlic in Olive oil.

This dish is great for anyone trying to stay way from meaty stuff. It has no dairy or ingredients of animal origin. It is great if you are trying to cleanup your system.

If you are thinking of making this dish, it is best to use dried bean & lentils. This is just because they remain firm after cooking compared to the tinned beans for example. And they maintain their colour, plus it works out cheaper on the quantity purchased. And you just cook the quantity you need for the dish that you are making.

If using dry beans and lentils start by soaking them for 12 hours or more… What? Tasty stuff takes time so get on with it! After soaking rinse them out. Put them to boil in salty water for about 30 minutes minimum. When cooked to your taste. Drain and leave aside.

Open the tin of sweet corn, and half a tin of chick peas, rind them out under running water.

DSC01570Take the sundries tomato slices and cut them as small as the beans be about the size of the beans.

Roast the sesame seeds until slightly brown.

Now all you have to do is mix all the above in a bowl, with a pinch of salt and grounded thyme.

Drizzle a bit of garlic flavoured olive oil. Et voila! It is ready to serve.

This can be served with fresh baguette or rice cakes like mine; as a starter or main meal.

Bon Appétit!