Shhh don't tell anyone, but sometimes I buy the meals in trays that need just to be put in the oven, like Easy to cook range from Waitrose. They had the dinner for 2 at £10 offer, and I picked a main dish of a pork leg with a Bramley apple sauce. When I opened it, I thought it looked quite boring and needed jazzing up. The little pouch of the apple sauce that came in the tray was very indistinct. Luckily I had half a jar of The English Provender Bramley Apple sauce with calvados. And a nice juicy pomegranate. And so with a few personal touches, a boring dish came up trumps. And next time I decide to cook a leg of pork, I'll just buy a leg of pork and add my own ingredients, as the Easy to cook dish wasn't very exciting.
Here's my pork with Bramley apple sauce and pomegranates.
Pork with Bramley apple sauce and pomegranates
500g pork leg joint
Bramley apple sauce (half a jar of The English Provender Bramley Apple sauce + the pouch of apple sauce from the kit, or use 1 jar of The English Provender apple sauce - 210g)
1 medium apple
1 tbsp of brandy
1 tsp of olive oil
salt, pepper (I used the Cornish sea salt with pepper)
Chop the apple and scatter around the seasoned pork in a tray, add the brandy, the olive oil, the juice of 1 orange and the apple sauce, cook for about 50 minutes at 180C in the oven. Add half of the pomegranates for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Let it rest before serving and scatter more pomegranate seeds on the sliced pork.
I served the meat with the leeks and courgettes side dish plus some rigatoni with pesto.
It certainly beats the Waitrose offering.
The Bramley apple sauce from The English Provender added a much needed interest in flavour (I have already enthused about this apple sauce, it's one of my favourites, just try it in the simple cheese sandwich, mmm), the pomegranates gave it taste, texture and colour. And it is counting towards your 5 a day too!