This was a quick throw-together dish on a Saturday night. Our friend Toni had come over to spend the day with us so I could share some healthy recipes, mix up some take-home marinades/rubs and cook something with her for dinner. Our best laid plans were foiled when The Wife learned from our friend Taylor earlier in the week about a store in East Side San Jose selling her favorite brand of nail polish for dirt cheap. Of course Toni and Wife had to make an emergency visit to this store. Of course they had to stop off at Panera for Toni’s daughter to eat (always use your child as an excuse – no one can question it!). Since they were there already, and to balance out the potential onslaught of healthy food I would cook, they had to partake of some fattening baked goods.
Since my instincts (and a long rambling text from Wife) told me it would be a long shopping trip, I had to take matters into my own hands and give a cooking lesson to an audience of none. You should have seen it. I was so eloquent, charming and witty. I’m always at my devilish best with no witnesses around.
The day was not a complete loss by any means. Aside from nail polish, Toni did manage to also shop for a bunch of healthy ingredients for her fridge and later that night she and I pulled to pull together a Quick ‘n Dirty Kal Bi marinade for a flat iron steak that she ended up cooking the next day (although she sacrilegiously cut that shit open while it cooked like I told her not to, but better baby steps than none at all). Also, while the girls shopped I thawed a pork loin and gave it an hour in a basic dry rub that I had lying around in a jar. As it broiled, I made a North Carolina BBQ sauce out of shallots, country mustard, chicken broth, cider vinegar and honey. I love this under-appreciated style of BBQ sauce, but it is somewhat limited in use, IMO. Slightly sweet and refreshingly tangy, it pairs perfectly, though, with any spiced pork dish.
I further reduced, then thickened with cornstarch, some leftover Dashi Miso Sauce that had been used with Lacinato kale a few nights earlier and tossed it with sauteed broccoli. Added a little of our trusty Trader Joe’s jasmine brown rice and we had what you see above.