Thursday, June 5, 2014

No Hanger Appeal

My mother had an expression when we were out shopping together and it was "Don't rule out that outfit, it may not have any hanger appeal".  Of course, as usual she was often right. I would try the garment on in the dressing room and it looked way different with a body in it. There are clothes that are really like that. As well, there are dishes that are just not that photogenic no matter how skilled you might be as a photographer. This dish, largely made from leftovers in the fridge is one such case. I had leftover pork tenderloin, half a cabbage, a quarter of an onion and a couple of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce lurking on the refrigerator shelves. I also had leftover curry cauliflower mash from a few days ago so there you have it: looks like dinner to me :-) So, my advice about this dish is to go easy on the chipotle peppers cause they're hot.

1/2 cooked pork tenderloin, sliced in strips
1/2 cabbage thinly slice
1/2 large carrot sliced in thick strips with vegetable peeler
1/4 onion, sliced
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce whirled up into a puree in the food processor
some cumin
salt and pepper
olive oil

In wok, heat a little oil and quickly sauté the meat strips and stir in a teaspoon or tablespoon of chipotle depending on the amount of heat you like. Spoon the meat out and reserve, heat a little more oil and add all the vegetables, sprinkle on some cumin, salt and pepper and keep stirring and cooking until the cabbage has wilted to your liking. Add another dollop of chipotle--again depending on how spicy you like your food. This goes really well with a mild side dish (like mashed curry cauliflower) as well as a dollop of greek yogurt to control the the heat :-)