‘Opportunity is always ahead if you look and think’
School is back (grade 5 this year, for the love of god man) and Kid is also back at Ju-Jitsu. My own little blue belt!
I spent the day surf ski-ing and handing out flyers for a friend (we are in election mode here in Queensland, go Kirsten!)
The tennis is on too (soo good) and yesterday I worked on the public holiday 😦
So we’re a little starved for time later on, this doesn’t mean we can’t eat well.
‘An investment in enthusiasm might start to pay off’
I had a little forethought yesterday to pick up a piece of pork belly in China town along with a couple of other bits. At the supermarket I found these.
(Not actually KFS brand but I was reminded of the late nineties either way)
And some Peking style pancakes.
‘You’ll be sharing great news with the people you love’
Chinese Style Pork Belly Pancakes.
Pork belly – a bit over a kilo will feed four. It will shrink in size. If you’re really time – starved you can normally buy or order a piece of roasted pork or duck even from some Asian grocers and butchers.
2 star anise
A knob of ginger
Chinese peking pancakes – bought ones
500gm Green beans
1 tablespoon Sesame seeds,
1 red capsicum
1 Lebanese cucumber
Hoi sin sauce – mix 3 parts to 1 part water
‘Trust your intuition’
Heat your oven to 200*c. Put a decent sized pot of water on to boil.
Score the skin of the pork with a sharp knife (spend time to do it well, it makes life easier later) then rub some salt on it. Place it the fridge for 30 mins.
Plunge it into the boiling water, turn down to simmer for 5 mins.
Remove and drain on paper towel.
Run olive oil and salt into the skin. Crumble the star anise and slice the ginger over the top. Place on a baking tray in the oven for 30 mins, baste with the pan juices then return to the oven with temp down to 140*c for a further 3 hours, basting occasionally.
In the meantime, collect Kid from school, talk amongst yourselves, go to Ju – jitsu etc.
Blanch the beans and refresh. Toast the sesame seeds. Pick the coriander. Mix together and squeeze some lime in. Cut some cucumber batons.
All jobs that can be done during the roasting.
Remove the pork from the oven and let it rest for a good 30 mins before serving.
‘Negotiations go smoothly and will have a favourable outcome’
When you’re ready to eat, warm the pancakes in the oven for a few minutes (or microwave.)
Slice the pork thin and serve with the bean salad, cucumber and capsicum batons, pancakes and hoi – sin on the side.
‘Your greatest fortune is the large number of friends you have’
What Kid Did
Picked the beans, toasted the sesame, picked the coriander, made the bean salad, arranged the table.
And made some ginger iced – tea to have with dinner.
Iced Ginger Tea.
50 gm fresh ginger – peeled and grated
1 teaspoon raw sugar
Sparkling mineral water ( optional )
Boil the kettle and put all of the ingredients in a jug. Pour in enough boiling water to just cover. Let stand for 15 mins then strain and pour over ice and lemon pieces.
Top up with sparkling mineral water or just tap water.
As well as getting our fortunes from a box, before dinner Kid and I wrote our own fortunes to each other to open after dinner. These are they –
‘You will soon find you will have more friends than ever’ K
‘Take your time and no-one can take it from you’ C
That was a fun thing to do.
We ate most of this actually, because it was super yummy and we are sometimes pigs.
You might need some rice to bulk it out or one less dinner guest.
Cookie etiquette –
It is said the entire cookie should be consumed before reading the fortune in order for it to come true.
‘You should be able to make money and hold onto it’