Desperate to make right the wrongs of my roast pork dish from the other week I decided to get the other piece of pork out of the freezer and roast it up but this time – properly!
I must disclaim at this point the pork in question was from a little farmer who breeds his own free range pigs and sells the meat – fresh cuts, sausages, ham and bacon at the local market near my home. So it is not your usual mass farmed pig that you would buy at the local supermarket. It is beautiful looking meat and very lean for pork.
Anyway I did my famous (famous cos I say it is) sichuan pepper spice rub on the meat, dried the skin and lovelingly massaged it with damn fine olive oil and sea salt crystals and chucked it in the oven. Mindful about not over doing it I blasted it for 20 min on 230 degrees c then turned it down to 160 fan forced cooked it for half an hour then threw in the spuds and carrots and cooked it for another 25 -30 mins. Took it out and rested it for 10 minutes while I prepared the beans then plated and served it up to the wife.
It was delicious – the flavour of the pork was really lovely – free range fresh flavour and very yummy spice mix – the veg were excellent, the beans sweet with a slightly crisp bite but again the meat was dry and slightly tough!!!!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo! What the………..
Okay it was a small piece so I could have cooked it for a shorter time SO I must take the blame, shoulder the responsibility, put my hand up and be counted, take it like a man BUT it has to be the meat not my cooking!!!! Actually I reckon because the meat is so lean it needs lesser cooking than what you would normally do so I must confess it beat me again!
I cannot wait until the next market day as I am going straight to the free range pork stall buying a couple of pieces and going straight home to cook them and get it right!
Wish me luck.
Next market day is in two weeks!