Friday, 1 May 2009

Pork chops with mustard and brown sugar, Bulgar with mushrooms

An easy way to flavour pork chops. For 2 chops mix 2tbsp mustard, plain or with grains, and 1 tbsp dark brown sugar. Spread onto one side of the chops and place chops on a grill pan. I find it best to place the pan a distance away from the grill so that the coating doesn't burn before the meat is cooked. When one side is browned turn over, coat with the remaining mixture and put back under the grill.

Bulgar with mushrooms

Cover bulgar with boiling water and let soak for 15-20 minutes. Soften dried mushrooms in hot water to cover. Meanwhile soften a chopped onion in a little olive oil. Add sliced button mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are done. Add a good squeeze of tomato puree, the dried mushrooms (these have been rinsed and chopped, the soaking liquid filtered through a sheet from a roll of kitchen towel), several shakes of soy sauce, ground pepper and the mushroom liquid. Add the soaked bulgar, put a lid on pan, and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes.  
This had a good depth of flavour, mainly because of the small amount of dried mushrooms.

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