It’s Orange Season in Cyprus so here’s one of my favourite tantalizing recipes, I hope you try it …
Buying meat in Cyprus is an experience of pure pleasure, as I watch my local butcher ‘Andreas’, put down onto his block some of the finest meat to ever pass my lips. Even my Mum, when visiting cyprus, will eat pork from him, when she wouldn’t even think of having pork back in the UK, now that’s a miracle! Generally the Cypriots are well into their meat, so rest assured that whatever you buy here is almost guaranteed to be of a high standard.
So get on with the ‘Chopin’ and Enjoy!
Curried Pork Chops with Oranges
2 pork sirloin chops, you can ask your butcher to cut them about 1 inch thick.
½ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 to 1½ teaspoons curry powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons corn flour
1 tablespoon cold water
1 tablespoon snipped chives or parsley
Add half the butter to the pan and preheat over medium-high heat, once it’s starting to look golden, add the chops carefully to the pan and brown on both sides, this should take about 3-5 minutes per side. When they are looking good, drain the fat and start to add the orange juice, honey, curry powder, brown sugar, ginger and Tabasco sauce to pan, bring to boil. Then cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or till pork chops are tender and no longer pink.
Once you’re happy remove the chops from pan and keep warm covered in the oven. In the meantime, peel and slice two oranges crosswise then semi-circular slices and set aside.
Now add the corn flour to the cold water, make sure you leave no lumps, stir into the pan also add the remaining butter and cook, stirring continuously ’til thickened and bubbly this should take about 2 minutes. Stir in oranges and chives and heat through.
Have your chops on the plate and spoon the sauce over, wow this is making my mouth water. I would suggest you serve your chops with a big mound of creamy mashed potato, the secret is to add plenty of milk, lots of butter and ground black pepper before you mash‘um. You could also double up on the ingredients to make twice the sauce so that every inch is covered in that lovely sauce, Yumm!
Preparation time: 10 min.
Cooking time: 30 – 40 min.
If you like extra fruit, add another sliced Orange and Apple, 5 mins before end of cooking.
By Richard Drane aka Richie Rich
circa: January 2004