Tuesday, November 07, 2006

On days like these…

Fog. Fog up the lanes and through the trees. Fog in the whiffling of the cows, fog muffling the sound of the bin men, fog dripping from the bushes and the gutters. Fog in the dips in the road, in the dazzle of car headlights, floating over the thin sun and drifting through the fields. Fog. In the diamonds of the grass and the sheen of the pavement, in the shudder of old shoulders and the shiver of bare bellies.

On days like these what we need is something rib-sticking to eat. Something easy and slow and succulent. Something to put in the oven and forget.

Slow Roasted Pork Belly

Nothing could be easier, or tastier.

You need about 1 kg of pork belly, skin scored

Preheat the oven to 160ºC

Dash 1 tbsp of oil into a roasting dish

Slice a couple of onions in half and put them, cut side down, in the dish, to act as a trivet for the meat.

Rub the pork belly skin with a little oil and sprinkle with salt.

Place pork on top of onions

Put some boiling water in the roasting dish to stop everything drying out

Roast slowly for three hours or more, checking from time to time to make sure the dish does not dry out.

Serve with baked potatoes and roast parsnips, which can also be done in the oven, and apple sauce.

The onions caramelise, the gravy makes itself (just skim off the fat at the last minute), the fat renders off and makes wonderful crackling, and you hardly need to stir from your place in front of the fire reading Bleak House, by Charles Dickens.


ChrisB said...

I tend to steer clear of belly pork because of the fat (I actually love crackling). However this looks delicious and you are tempting me with these photos.

Beccy said...

sounds mouthwateringly delicious

June said...

Chris I'm with you on the fat avoidance - not even because of the calories, just because I don't like it - but if you cook this long enough the fat renders out almost completely and you can skim it off. Give it at least three hours, probably more to lose all the fat.

Foodie's Hope said...

Hey June, that weather looks awful! I hate foggy days.Not too many of those here but still one cloudy day is enough to get you depressed.

But look at the bright side, you could cook all that delicious food you have there and feel all better:)) Sigh...enjoy!

June said...

The trouble is, this type of food is meant as sustenance for people who have to do a long day's work in the fields, or down the mines. I don't think sitting in front of a keyboard really counts!

traveller one said...

I just finished reading a novel where the main character collected quotes about fog :) Personally I find it rather cosy.
The recipe looks delicious and it inspires me!

Jeanne said...

Mmmm, I love pork belly! This sounds so tempting, especially as the cold winter nights draw near. And your piece about the fog reminds me of TS Eliot ;-)

June said...

Actually I ripped it off from Dickens at the start of Bleak House!

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