I combined errands today and went to the dump, to get petrol and shopping all in one trip. This meant that I was at the supermarket at a different time than usual and they had some pork at a reduced price. I snapped up 3 packets as it was less than 4 pounds a kilogram, my target price for meat and then divided it up at home to make 4 evenly sized packets from the 3 !
I had already put out some split peas ready to make soup but was able to make a favourite dish of "Pork and Peas" instead. This is delicious with homemade French bread on the side. It makes a really thick soup which is like a stew and after eating it once we usually thin down the soup for the following day's lunch, if there's any left !
Pork and Peas
6oz dried peas
11/2 lb pork with bones
1 onion finely chopped
1 pint chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp cornflour
Pour boiling water over the peas and leave to soak overnight. Preheat slow cooker on HIGH. Put the pork and the onion in the slow cooker. Drain the peas and put in a large pan with the stock. Boil for 15 minutes. Pour the peas and the stock into the slow cooker, make sure the peas are in the stock. Cook on HIGH for 6 -9 hours. Cut the pork into pieces and mix into the stew adding salt and pepper to taste. If the stew/soup is a little thin blend the cornflour with a little cold water and add to the mixture in the slow cooker stirring until in thickens.
Do you have a favourite slow cooker recipe ?