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Coriander and Cumin Fried Pork

I cook this all the time. It's quick and easy. There are several variations of this recipe in Portugal depending on the region you come from. Where I'm from we call it Fritada but, for instance, in the North of Portugal they call it Rojões. I served it with rice but a more traditional way would be to top it with chopped pickles and serve it with fries. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the right kind of pickles here in Denmark (an assortment of cauliflower, carrots and cucumber).


Ingredients

  • 500g (1 pound) of diced pork
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cube of beef bouillon 
  • olive oil, butter, ground cumin, coriander, salt, paprika, white wine q.s.

Instructions

Start by mincing the garlic. Fry the garlic in a bit of olive oil and butter.


Add the meat and season with salt and pepper.


Let the pan dry and fry the meat just until it gets some color. Add white wine afterwards, and scrape the bits of meat from the pan - this will give color to the sauce.


Season with cumin and paprika (to give it color) and add the bouillon. After it is dissolved, taste the sauce and make the necessary adjustments. When the sauce is nearly done, add chopped coriander.


Sprinkle some fresh coriander on top and serve.


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Traveling

I'm sorry for the little hiatus. We went to Portugal and then to Sweden for Dreamhack. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera's SD card in Portugal and as such I only have photos of Portugal from my cellphone. But here we go:

Walked a bit around Leiria during the day.


And at night too.


Hung out with my cat.


Baked an orange sponge cake to take to my grandparents. 


Shared Mille-feuilles with my sister.


And a Bitoque with my parents-in-law (similar to Fried Steak but with a different presentation).


Went to the same place three times during our stay in Portugal for a roasted suckling pig sandwich.


Drove to Pedrogão (a beach near Leiria).


And had some sardines and grilled sweet pepper salad with my mum.



Went back to Denmark and showed Copenhagen to our guest.


And the next day we took a train to Jönköping, Sweden.


Arrived at Dreamhack.


Watched a ton of Starcraft.


And on the 4th day walked around the city. (For more photos of Dreamhack check my Flickr).


10pm.


2am.


Watched a bird eating a chocolate muffin.


And waited for the train to take us home.


Had a wonderful time. :)

Honey & Cinnamon Cookies

And now for another surprisingly good cookies that include olive oil in the recipe (like the Algarve's Honey Cake). The husband wanted to take some cookies with him to a competition and I usually bake lemon cookies and something else. These were a perfect addition. The recipe is from Pantagruel and it included an alcoholic Portuguese beverage called "Aguardente", which I didn't include because I don't like desserts with alcohol. But if you do, just add 9 tablespoons (or 1 "cálice" if you have any idea what I'm talking about).


Ingredients

  • 250g (1 1/4 cups) granulated sugar
  • 500-600g (4 to 5 cups) flour
  • 10g (2 teaspoons) cinnamon
  • 2dl (a little more than 3/4 cup) honey
  • 2.5dl (1 cup) olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

In a bowl, add the sugar, the eggs, the cinnamon, the baking powder and the zest of the lemon.


And finally, add the honey and the olive oil.


Mix well until it thickens.


Add the flour until you can form small balls with the dough. 


Place the cookies on a baking tray sprinkled with some flour.


Bake in a preheated oven to 220ºC (430ºF) for 8-10 minutes or until it turns golden.


For a print friendly version visit this recipe at my Recipes page.