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A couple of weeks ago I was asked by Maggi to try their Just for 2 recipe bases. I’ve been really enjoying cooking this winter and have relished making some slow cooked meals (think beef bourgingon, lamb shanks, and the like) (yum!) and to be honest, I wasn’t immediately sure about trying something that would be the opposite of all that – fast, quick, and easy – and I usually avoid using processed or pre packaged things. But then I thought that I use pre-made stock (from a powder) happily, and these Maggi recipe bases don’t have any artificial colours or flavours and there’s no added MSG, and that maybe I could give them a go. And, really, there are definitely times when fast, quick and easy are hardly bad things when it comes to cooking!
So, last Sunday evening I gave the Sweet and Sticky Pork one a go. John and I had had a great weekend and hadn’t eaten at home since Thursday. We were both feeling pretty tired by Sunday afternoon and I went for a quick walk in the winter sunshine to the local grocers to get some fresh veg. I actually had grand plans of making a ginger and apple salad to go with the pork, but when it came to it, I just wanted to get something hot and tasty cooked and then to eat it. So I decided to follow the three step recipe on the packet to the letter.
These are the ingredients:
– 300g pork, sliced
– ½ red capsicum, sliced
– 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
– plus rice to serve.
But really, chopped raw meat usually doesn’t look exactly attractive so just know that it was there while we look at the far prettier crispy fresh vegetables.
And this is what I did, following the recipe:
1. Heat some oil in a pan on a medium heat and cook the pork until brown, about 5 minutes
2. add the Maggi recipe base (you can find it near the recipe base packets at the supermarket) and cook for a further 5-7 minutes, until caramelised – I popped a lid on my frying pan for this as I like my saucy food very saucy – no dry plain rice for me, thanks! – and I wanted to keep as much in there as possible
3. add the capsicum and snow peas and cook for 2 minutes or until they are just tender
And that is it. As we had brown rice I popped that on the boil first, and then got on with this. It was actually kind of weird how quick it all was. I think it would be even nicer with white right, to be honest – I looooove the smell of cooked white rice and I think it’s perfect with fast and easy food – and this would make it even faster, too. It was nice that the packet was the right size for a meal for two, with no waste, and was a cheap alternative that quieted the call of take away.
Sunday evening was taken care of – a quick dinner for two on the couch in front of Mad Men.
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