For my first recipe and post from my mother’s recipe file, I decided to start easy. And by “easy,” I mean a recipe from the Recipes Children Can Make section of the cards. After a careful perusal of all my delectable choices (sorry, I can’t even type that with a straight face), I chose the following:
True to my word, I followed this recipe line by line, regardless of the fact that I was suspicious about simmering a pork chop for what ends up being 40 mins. Also, there were no vacuum-pack sweet potatoes to be found and I didn’t want to use canned. I solved this issue by cooking some potatoes in advance and using those for the recipe.
I added some roasted brussels sprouts to the plate and here was my result:
Verdict: I WILL NEVER MAKE THIS GOD AWFUL SWILL AGAIN! As we ate, I was forced to apologize to The Boy and pull him through the trauma with promises of pepperoni pizza and curries. The poor pork chops were dry and tough. The onion was, well, I plead the fifth on this one because I believe I might have blocked that one out in order to reserve what is left of my sanity. The only edible part of the dish were the potatoes. While not great, the spiced orange cooking liquid went okay with the sweetness of the potato. The brussels sprouts, on the other hand, were awesome! But those have pretty much nothing to do with the recipe card.
I sincerely hope that next time, I choose a bit more wisely. But then again, where’s the fun in that?
Oh, and for those of you who are glutton for punishment, I’ve photographed the recipe. Cook and eat at your own risk.