Tender pieces of pork, cooked in a stunningly simple creamy Thai peanut sauce. Oh it’s so good, but so easy that you’ve got to make this for dinner tonight.
I love to pack this meal full of crunchy veg like green beans, mange tout, peppers and beansprouts because – I’m not kidding – all of them taste fantastic in this sauce. Add in whatever veg you have in the fridge – broccoli, thin-sliced carrots, courgette, asparagus, just throw it all in and you’ll get your five-a-day without even noticing.
You can even swap around the meat – reduce the simmering time by 20 minutes and go for thin sliced steak or chicken, or simply leave out the meat entirely and go completely veggie.
Have you guessed the magic ingredient for this meal yet?
Yes – it’s peanut butter!
That disgusting stuff that tastes like salty, sticky, overpoweringly peanutty glue when eaten by itself. Sorry peanut butter lovers.
Eugh, I hate the stuff. I even struggle to give my beautiful little 5-year-old a kiss after he’s just had his daily slice of toast smothered in the stuff.
Let him eat bulbs of garlic, mixed with tuna fish and raw onion and I’d be happy to cover his cute little face in kisses, but peanut butter kisses are only possible because I love him so much.
Now, peanut butter mixed with other stuff – like chocolate sauce, cheesecake, fudge or coconut milk?
That is when peanut butter works it’s magic and turns into something delicious!
Before I let you go, I’ve got to tell you about an exciting opportunity that came up recently that I can’t wait to get started on!!
Lucy from the beautifully inspiring Craftberry Bush blog has asked me to come on board and be a contributor for her site. Her website has been taking off at such speed that she decided to start up a small creative team to help with the workload.
There’ll be three of us working with Lucy:
– Annie from Zevy Joy – you should see her latest post on the make-over she gave her camping trailer. I want to move out of my house to live in it.
– Jamie from Anderson + Grant – who is basically a creative genius.
– And then there’s little ole’ me – who is completely awed by those girls, and slightly panicky that Lucy actually emailed me by accident, and was meant to email someone who knows how to cook and take decent photos.
Must find a way to banish the self-doubt!!
Of course, that’s not going to stop me working hard on Kitchen Sanctuary too. I’ll be sticking to my regular 3 posts a week, but will let you know whenever I have something yummy up on Lucy’s site too.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 4 lean pork loin steaks, cut into bite-size chunks (all visible fat removed)
- 1 heaped tbsp. ground coriander
- 1 red chilli, chopped finely
- 1 cup (240ml) chicken/veg stock (use vegetable bouillon for gluten free)
- 1 cup (240ml) full fat coconut milk
- 2 heaped tbsp. peanut butter (check if you need it to be gluten free, it usually is though)
- Juice of 1 and a half limes
- 1 cup (125g) chopped green beans
- 1 cup (100g) roughly chopped mangetout/snow peas
- ½ of a red bell pepper, chopped into chunks
- 1 cup (100g) beansprouts (these can be fresh, or canned beansprouts that have been drained)
- Handful of chopped coriander
- 1 red chilli, chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped unsalted peanuts
- wedges of lime
- [u]To Serve:/u]
- Boiled rice or Vermacelli noodles fried with a little oil, soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free) and spring onions/scallions. I topmine with extra scallions and some black sesame seeds too.
- Heat the oil in a large pan that has a lid, add in the onions and cook gently for a couple of minutes until soft and translucent.
- Turn up the heat and add in the pork, cook for 5 minutes - stirring regularly - until well sealed.
- Stir in the ground coriander and red chilli and then add the stock, coconut milk, peanut butter and juice of 1 of the limes. Bring to a gentle bubble, then put the lid on, and leave to simmer gently on a low/medium heat for 30 minutes. Give it a stir every 7 or 8 minutes to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add a splash of water if it starts to look too dry.
- After 30 minutes, stir in the remaining lime juice, green beans, mange tout (snow peas) and bell pepper. Give everything a stir, and leave to cook for another 5 minutes with the lid off. Add a splash of water if it’s starting to look too dry. Stir in the beansprouts and cook for 1 more minutes, then spoon into a serve dish and top with fresh coriander, red chillies, peanuts and lime wedges.
- Serve with boiled rice or fried vermacelli noodles and maybe some homemade sweet chilli jam
Defrost thoroughly and heat until piping hot in a pan or microwave before serving.