It’s barbecue weather in our house at the moment. Well I say it is but actually the rest of the family are off playing in sunny gardens and eating barbecue food with my Parents-In-Law. I, however, am in the home office working away. I’ve reached that point in the day where I can’t think straight for too long and I’m flitting from task to task to try to keep on going.
The problem with Bank Holidays when you’re self-employed is that they aren’t technically a day off. I’ve had to cram as much work as I could into four days this week and hence I’m working late. That could be why I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed this week. It could also be down to the fact that I signed up for a half marathon next weekend; that impending Birthday, an exciting TV project, another food festival, or it could just be that I don’t have enough hours in the day.
Which is why easy and simple recipes are my go-to at the moment. I really don’t want to be spending hours in the kitchen. There are restorative cuddles to be had with the boys, I want to catch up with himself, and if I’m stuck at the hob cooking away then I’m missing out. This is one of my recipes that I fall back on no matter what the weather. It’s perfect with comforting baked beans in the cold weather but goes just as well with a light salad and wraps in the Summer.
[recipe][recipe title=”Honey Roasted Pork” servings=”4″ time=”50 mins” difficulty=”easy”]
By using the pork belly strips, this pork dish cooks up in no time. Hopefully the weather is good enough to cook the pork on the barbecue and you won’t need this recipe for an oven.
- 1 pack Fresh Irish Pork Belly Strips (you can find these in Lidl or ask your butcher)
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons runny honey
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
Preheat your fan oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Take a heavy roasting dish and pour in the soy sauce, honey, cinnamon, and pepper. Stir together until combined. Coat each strip in the sauce, then sit into the roasting dish. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes then serve immediately with a fresh salad.
If cooking on the barbecue, it should take about 10 mins each side on a medium heat – i.e. not close to flaming coals, make sure they are glowing/grey.
Disclosure: This recipe was originally developed and photographed for Lidl Ireland.