Thai Coconut Pork

Hi everyone!!

This week I decided to go back to a recipe so here comes the Thai Coconut Pork!

I’m not a huge meat eater, and I feel like a lot of people who don’t eat all that much meat are all about chicken. Don’t get me wrong, I do like meat (chicken included) but it’s expensive and I do just as well without it… When I do eat meat, I’m all about pork. It’s just more savory and flavourful… I don’t know, pork is my favorite!

So on Tuesday night, I whipped this recipe up. As usual, I tried my best for the measurements but you might need to adjust them a bit according to your taste. I was inspired by the Coconut Curry Meatballs that came in the GoodFood box a few weeks ago, but I obviously switched it up a bit.

You’ll also notice that the recipe includes broccoli, which is not very Thai, but it was a case of  ”we-need-to-eat-those-today-because-I-don’t-want-to-throw-them-out”. Which happens quite a lot in my house, mostly because I am the absolute worst at meal-planning…

Here goes:

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Thai Coconut Pork

(Serves 2)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1lbs of Pork (I used tenderloin because that’s what I had, but you can use other cuts)
  • 2-3 Green Onions
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 1 can of Coconut Cream
  • 3 Tbsp of Thai Mild Yellow Curry Paste
  • Juice of 2 limes (or about 4 Tbsp of lime juice)
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • 1-2 Tsp of Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 of a Thai Chili (or a whole one if you can handle more heat than me…)
  • Sesame Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

 

How to:

  1. Cut the green onions to the desired size (I chop mine pretty thin since my husband is not the biggest fan)
  2. Cut the broccoli in florets
  3. Heat up the sesame oil in a pan on Medium-High heat. Once hot, add the pork and brown on all sides.
  4. Season with Salt and Pepper
  5. Add in the curry paste, cook for about 30 sec- 1 min
  6. Add in half of the lime juice and scrape the curry that stuck to your pan
  7. Add in the green onions and broccoli and mix it around for about 30 sec
  8. Add the can of Coconut Cream (at this point you’ll need to help it break down as it is much thicker than Coconut Milk)
  9. Once the Coconut Cream is dissolved properly and warm, add in the peanut butter, fish sauce, and Thai chili.
  10. Let simmer on medium heat for about 15 min or until the sauce has reached the desired thickness.
  11. Taste and add the remaining lime juice if needed. You can also add in more salt and Pepper and/or Fish Sauce.
  12. Serve immediately by itself or with rice/ rice vermicelli. (I used Jasmine Rice)
  13. EAT ALL THE PORK!

 

Notes:

  • If you are allergic to peanuts, feel free to replace by other nut butter or omit it entirely, it’s still gonna be delicious.
  • You can replace the Coconut Cream by Coconut Milk, to adjust the texture, use a little bit of Corn Starch in cold water (slurry)
  • Feel free to use more Thai Chilis, I am, once again, a spice wimp so I just want the tiniest of spicy kick.

 

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You’ll notice that the sauce might separate a bit towards the end, it’s normal, just the oil from the Coconut Cream and the Peanut Butter that wants to live on its own. I personally just mix it all in my rice anyway so it doesn’t bother me.

That’s it for this week guys, I’ll see you next Wednesday.

Until then, follow me on Instagram for daily food and pets (mostly)  @annegvall or click on the Instagram button on the right side!

Have a good week!

 

Andreanne

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Favourite Series of 2018

Hello everyone!

For this week’s post, I thought I’d mention some of my favourite series of 2018. As some of you might know, I’m part of a Book Club. We read a book related to a different theme each month, which is super fun. I also attempted the PopSugar Reading Challenge in 2018, which I failed, big time. I read a total of 57 books last year, but only filled 34 out of 50 prompts for the challenge. Oh well, I tried…

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So yeah, you could say I love reading! I just recently downloaded the Kindle app on my phone just so I can get those $1.99 books!

Now, just to clarify, when I say ”Favourite of 2018”, I mean that that second book came out in 2018. Some of the series are finished, and some of them will get additional sequels.

Without further delay, here’s my top 3 (in no particular order)

Warcross and Wildcard

This is a duology, meaning that this is it. It’s over. Done. Which, as you can probably tell, I am so not ok with. I need more of this universe, these characters, and this story! I’m thinking the author, Marie Lu, knows this and might eventually surprise us with some bonus material as she did with her trilogy ”Legend”.

Warcross is the story of Emika Chen, a broke Bounty Hunter from New York who’s (like everybody else on the planet) obsessed with Warcross. What’s Warcross you ask? Just the most popular virtual reality game in the world, no biggie. You play the game with Neurolink glasses invented by Hideo Tanaka (also the game creator, and young, and hot… obviously!)

The story basically starts when Emika tries a hack during the opening game of the Warcross Games (think virtual Olympics almost) and boy does it not go according to plan!

I don’t want to spoil much, but let’s just say that most of the story takes place in Tokyo. That, if I wasn’t married, I would be VERY into Hideo Tanaka (still lowkey am…). That even though I would probably be terrible at it, I would most likely spend my days playing Warcross if I had the Neurolink. And finally, can someone start working on those glasses ASAP please?

This might be one of my all time favourites and I highlyyyy recommend reading those books!

Scythe and Thunderhead

There is a third book coming out at some point for this serie. I’ve read interviews by Neal Shusterman, the author, and there is not one single mention of a release date that I could find! NOT ONE! Not even the year, nada! I guess we’ll have to wait… and wait… and wait…

In the future, humankind uploaded their collective knowledge and, well, basically minds, into the Thunderhead. Think a massive, sentient version of the Cloud. The Thunderhead not only knows and sees everything, but it also communicates with people. Due to the Thunderhead reign, humankind conquered Death. People no longer die of natural causes (medicine is far too advanced) or from accidents (cars are self-driving and the Tunderhead controls everything else). Thing is, people still need to die since the planet can only hold so many.

This prompts the creation of the Sythedom. Which is exactly what it sounds like. The story follows 2 Scythe initiates that are very different. Through their apprenticeship, we learn that there’s a lot of ways to be a Scythe, and that some Scythes are actually terrible!

This is a fantastic read, that shines light on a future that might not be as distant as we would think…

Renegades and Archenemies

It took me a long time to pick up that book. I didn’t really enjoy Marissa Meyer’s previous hit ”Cinder” so I didn’t think I would like this book as much as I did.

It’s a take on the ”In-the-future-some-people-have-special-abilities-for-X-reason” trope. Which is a trope that has been slightly overused in the last 2-3 years but that I loooove! The main reason why I loved ”Renegades” and the sequel ”Archenemies” is because the characters are so likeable!

Nova has a weird ability. She doesn’t sleep. Ever. She can also put people to sleep (making her the perfect babysitter) for as long as she wants. Like all the kids, she looks up to the ”Renegades”, a gang of bona fide Super Heroes. They do say to not meet your heroes. She does, or actually, she doesn’t… We follow her through her teen years after a wild childhood. Again, trying not to spoil anything makes for a weird summary but there you go.

It’s a great read and even though the books are quite long, they’re so good that reading them feels like no time has gone by. Give it a try! Oh, and there is a sequel coming up!


So there you go, my top 3 series of 2018! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Let me know what are your favourites in the comments, I’m always looking for new material, especially since I’m not doing the PopSugar Challenge this year!

Until next week,

Andreanne

Goodfood Box Full Review

Hello everybody!

I am back with another meal box review. I know, again, right? Well, another one of my friends gave me a free ”Goodfood” box this time! Shout out to my girl Megan for the free goods!

Also, even though I got this box for free, this is NOT a sponsored post, just to let you guys know!

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I’ll follow the same format as I did for the ”HelloFresh” box but I’ll try my best to stay objective and not only compare them to each other.

Here we go!

 

Shipping and Packaging

It didn’t start all that great for me when I did not, in fact, get my box on December 26th… Until I looked up the website and saw that, because of the Holidays, deliveries would be delayed and I would get my box on the 28th instead. Well… okay I guess. I was still slightly frustrated to be honest. On the 28th, however, I got my box bright and early (around 9:30am, which was great because I was on vacation but not awesome if I would have been at work… oh well…).

 

The meals are divided into plastic bags, that come in a huge insulated cardboard box. The website seemed to be saying that the plastic is recyclable (Unless you live in a place that sucks at recycling, like me!). The meat was packaged nicely with ice packs under the bags and another layer of insulated cardboard.

Once again, I am slightly doubtful of how this would fair in 30 degrees Celsius weather, especially if it gets delivered so early but I’m gonna go ahead and assume that they have a ”summer plan”.

 

 

Now, in the meal bags, most of the ingredients were packaged in extra Ziploc-type plastic bags which I find just adds to the plastic that I cannot recycle here. I wish the ingredients would have been loose in the bag whenever possible. The little containers for sauces and the likes were pretty sturdy though, I’ll be able to re-use them, which is nice.

I do not recall seeing anything on the website regarding the ice packs, I just kept them in the freezer for now.

Freshness of Ingredients

Unfortunately, some of my ingredients were not as fresh as they could have been. One recipe called for Thai basil, which was either really wilted or had frozen to death… Either way, I couldn’t use it. Since it was only a garnish it’s not too bad but it was still a little disappointing.

Otherwise, the rest seemed pretty fresh. The meat seemed fresh and well packaged.

 

Recipes and Instructions

The recipes were very simple and easy to follow. They came on large cardstock paper that you can keep on file. You can also access the recipes on the website.

I couldn’t find an app, I’m not sure if it’s in the works or not.

The timings for cooking were fairly accurate, the recipes were very quick to make, which is perfect for weeknights!

 

Meals

Pork Meatballs in Thai Coconut Curry

 

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Mine and my husband’s favorite of the week by far! To the point that I already made it again with ingredients that I purchased specifically for it.

This is the recipe that called for the Thai basil for garnish, clearly, it was glorious without it as well. It’s not the prettiest of recipes, but it was oh so tasty.

The recipe was easy to follow and was done in about 30-40 minutes, mostly because I’m slightly paranoid about fully cooking my meat since I got salmonella a few years back. Now I know that salmonella is for poultry and that pork is usually safe to eat even slightly undercooked, but this was ground pork and I’m not taking any chances dammit!

The only modification I made when I made this recipe again is that I added an egg and a bit of panko breadcrumbs to make the meatballs hold a little better.

Besides that, perfect recipe, super fragrant and delicious. The Thai chili gave it the perfect kick (I only put half of one cuz we all know I’m a spice wimp).

Final rating:  5/ 5

Whiskey-Rubbed Pork Chops with Scalloped Potatoes

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Was it good? Yes. Did I call my mom to tell her how good it was? No.

It was good, but it didn’t rock my world. I may have been biased since the first meal of the week had been so fabulous, we may never know…

My husband said he liked the spice rub, and now I wish I knew exactly what was in it… Same for the vinaigrette. It’s very convenient for the night of, that some things are pre-made, but not if you want to re-create the recipe…

For me, the scalloped potatoes were the real MVP of this meal, but then again, I LOVE scalloped potatoes (they’re the main reason why I chose this meal). I did have to cook them about 15 minutes longer than the recipe card said, but that might be more of a personal preference than an actual mistake in the cooking time.

All in all, a fine meal, but not necessarily one that will become a staple in our house.

Final rating: 3/ 5

Peanut Butter Dumplings

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So, I really dropped the ball on this one. Remember how, in my last post, I mentioned my husband’s allergy to mushrooms?

Well, guess who got too excited when she saw this meal that she didn’t read the description? Yup, this girl. So I did not, in fact, notice that these guys were vegetarian shitake mushrooms dumplings.

Yeah. GO me, right?

Since I was far too tired that day to make 2 different types of dumplings, I made the executive decision to use frozen pork dumplings that I had in the freezer. GASP! I know! I used the mushrooms and cabbage to make myself some Bibimbap later in the week.

The peanut sauce was delicious, my husband came back after eating one dumpling to dump the rest of the sauce on his plate. Always a good sign in my book.

I will definitely make that sauce again since we love dumplings, we have it fairly often and one can get tired of the soy sauce-rice vinegar combo.

The green beans were fresh and crisp, nothing groundbreaking about them but they were good.

Final rating: 4.5/ 5


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This concludes my ”Goodfood” box review!

Final conclusion. Would I buy this box again? Probably. I liked that it was slightly less expensive than ”HelloFresh” and the meals were more up my alley. This is something that I would order when my husband is away for work and I can order anything I want ahahah no dealing with Mr.Picky-Eater!

I did enjoy the large selection of meals to choose from, especially their ”Artisan” meal which is much fancier for a small added price. Ex. Porter House Steaks, Lobster Risotto, etc. They also have ”Easy Prep” boxes as well as boxes tailored for those who are gluten sensitive or lactose intolerant, which is a very nice touch.

I also saw on their website that they have a program where for every box purchased, ”Goodfood” makes a donation to Canadian organizations that help provide breakfast or lunch for school children in need. I like that. As a kid, I went to a primary school in a low-income area and, while I always had breakfast before school, a lot of my classmates didn’t. The school was part of a breakfast program that provided milk and granola bars or fruits 3 times a week and I know that it made a huge difference with a lot of kids. So kudos to ”Goodfood” for helping out, well done!

Is it still more expensive than grocery shopping? Yes. Once again, we have to weigh in convenience VS cost. It’s not something that I personally would order every week, but the website lets you skip weeks when you don’t want to order.

All in all, the ”Goodfood” box is a great product. You can check out their website for more info if you are interested in ordering. They usually have pretty good deals for the first order (or you can get a free box from a regular subscriber like me!)

This is it for this week! From now on, I’ll try to post every Wednesday, so keep an eye out!

Until next time,

Andreanne