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AMAZING GRAZING~~~~Pork Medallions With Grapes


Charlie waits patiently for a morsel of food to fall at his feet. He has an oral fixation. When I am cooking what I call “weekend food”, which means a bit more labor intensive than weekday meals, he cannot be driven out of the kitchen. Years ago I developed what I call the “puppy shuffle”, which involves sliding your feet around the dog who cannot seem to keep out of your way. Most of the other dogs we have had got the idea pretty quickly and stayed out of the kitchen, but a JRT is like no other dog; they seem to be resistant to human body language.

We missed out on a bite of the new Trader Joe’s mini coissants because I forgot to read the directions: let rise overnight. They had received a grand review in the paper, so I bought them as a treat I didn’t have to make. Now I’ll make them for tomorrow’s breakfast. I believe in giving these new things a try. Some are good, some not so good. Just like people or dogs.

My birthday was last week, and I made these pork medallions with a side of rice pilaf and grilled asparagus. Cook them quickly while still slightly pink inside and they are meltingly tender.

Silver In The Barn asked for a carrot cake recipe, so here is one I like a lot.

Disaster struck the other day, and for some unknown reason, I suddenly lost over 4,000 photos. That computer is now having a vacation in the repair shop to see if anything can be retrieved. I decided not to make a big deal out of it even though it tore my heart out. If the house had burned down, we would start all over, so that’s what I’m doing.

Meanwhile, get busy on the pork medallions:

PORK MEDALLIONS WITH GRAPES IN POMEGRANATE SAUCE

1 large pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs olive oil
3/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 pomegranate juice
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tbs. ketchup
1 cup seedless grapes
3 Tbs. dried cranberries

Trim pork of most of the fat and silverskin and cut crosswise into 1 inch thick medallions.
Heat butter and oil in large heavy skillet. Salt and pepper meat and arrange in skillet and cook over high heat about 2 1/2 min. on each side. Transfer to plate and keep warm in oven.
Add pomegranate juice and broth to skillet, bring to boil, reduce heat to low cover and cook 4-5 min. Add ketchup, grapes and cranberries. Boil for about 1 min. or until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened.
Arrange medallions on 4 warm plates, coat with sauce and grapes and breathe a happy sigh.

Remember that cooking is like life: you have to make do with what’s in the fridge! Make sure it’s something you will like.

TROPICAL CARROT CAKE WITH COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

CAKE:
2 1/3 cups flour (260 g + 1/3 cup)
1 cup flaked coconut
1 c dry roasted macadamia nuts
3/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
3 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp.baking soda

2 cups sugar (400 g or 14 oz)
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups finely grated peeled carrots
2 8 oz. cans crushed pineapple in its own juice, well drained

FROSTING

3 8-oz packages cream cheese
3/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup canned sweetened cream of coconut (such a Coco Lopez, find it in a liquor store)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp coconut extract

(Grind coconut, nuts and ginger in processor and add with dry ingredients)

Bake at 350 in 3 9-inch cake pans or 3 8 x 2″ for about 45 min.

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15 comments on “AMAZING GRAZING~~~~Pork Medallions With Grapes

  1. Losing 4000 photos is a major disaster and tender pink inside pork medallions would only partially make up for that loss. I am sure the computer man will be able to retrieve them. I thought I had lost my box of photos made by a Russian camera. Helvi got cross with me when I would not stop rummaging through all (her)the drawers and hiding places and firmly told me to get a grip on myself and forget about bloody Russian camera and photos.
    I found them in the drawer of CD’s. I was happy again.

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  2. I knew someone would understand the loss. I wrote a photo book a couple of years ago so l at least the ones I put in are there. It was only the record of my art work which disturbed me. I have hard copies of friends, trips, family etc. I’m so glad you found your. My daughter told me that was one way to make me start making art again.

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  3. I hope you find your photos!! Very stressful. Are they in the Cloud? I’m hosting Passover this weekend. Ben and family are arriving on Wednesday…we will have a very busy house but I miss seeing those little granddaughters. Cindy and I are planning Passover. It won’t be the same without Queen Joan.

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

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  4. I left the retrieval to Frey’s. Have a wonderful Passover weekend with the family. A new era and you 4 are hosts of the change of the guard. Thank you all for he birthday greetings. Life is still good!

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  5. AMAZING !
    And happy birthday for then, Kayti ! 😀

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  6. Oh, dear. So many of my friends have lost images and important genealogical research to hard drive crashes and etc., I finally got with it and have my photos backed up. They’re not in the cloud, either. They’re living very happily on USB drives: one here at home, one in my safe deposit box.

    I’m in the process of doing the same with my blogs. I have my draft files completely copied onto drives, and now I’m doing the same with my posts. There was a period of time when WordPress would go down, and be completely inaccessible. I still remember how my blood ran cold when that happened. The cloud is a lovely place, but I’m not trusting my writing to it. Once I have everything saved on physical drives, then I intend to print everything out, too. All of our technology is fine, but I keep thinking about the story of the guy who built his house on sand.

    The good news is that of all my friends, none has suffered a permanent loss. One woman had a partial loss, but still got the bulk of her photos back. I’m sure you will, too. I hope so!

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    • You have given me a great road map Linda. I have printed all my blogs, and have one of photos of art saved on flash drive. I am not sure if I have lost that file of art the other day. My book from a couple of years ago had most of the artwork up to that time included. This computer has some art on it. When I get the other back I will zero down and put my blogs on a flash drive. Thank you so much. We think we are safe with all the technology but we aren’t.

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  7. Oh, Kayti, disaster indeed. Four thousand pictures? Let’s not think about it and hope that the computer magicians can fix the problem. And I thank you abundantly for the carrot cake recipe which sounds….simply divine. Crystallized ginger? Macadamia nuts? And Coconut. Heaven!! I just know this will be one of my go-to recipes. Made a St. Clements cake for Easter. Ever hear of that one?

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    • How exciting. I haven’t thought of St. Clement’s Cake for years! I ate it first at a friend’s home in London. It is such a light and delicious cake. I made it several year ago for a shower, it screams “party”.
      I will take Linda’s suggestions on saving and backing up more seriously when the computer comes back. The one person in our family who could have told me what actually happened is probably laughing his head off. Oh well.spilt milk.

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  8. Ouch. It’s not over till it’s over re the photos. Something will be possible! Happy Birthday for last week, dear miracle xx

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  9. Since I’m catching up backwards I know you have your missing files back – phew! Happy belated birthday wishes from me, Kayti. ❤

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  10. Thanks Christine. You have been a busy girl. The files came back but in computer language which I had to translate. I was unable to open many of them. I discover one or two now and then which are lost, but I was lucky. The glitch only affected the Pictures, nothing else. Documents were untouched.

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