Today I decided to try and apply one of the methods I have repeatedly watched on the many cooking programmes I seem to be addicted to. I created crispy breadcrumb coated pork on top of some egg fried noodles with beansprouts and bamboo shoots. Surprisingly it was really nice as well as really simple.
Crispy Breadcrumb Coated Pork With Noodles and Chinese Veg.
First, I whacked three slices of bread (fresh, not stale) in my blender along with a reasonable pinch of garlic salt and a sprinkle of dried coriander leaves and blitzed them to crumbs. I poured these out onto a plate and put it to one side.
Then I mixed a couple of heaped table spoons of flour with some paprika and fajita spice mix (not enough in hindsight – I was being a bit wussy with the spice) and spread this out on another plate. Between these two plates I put a bowl containing two whisked eggs and a pinch of dried parsley. I was now ready to coat my pork strips.
First I coated the pork in the flour, then dipped it in the egg and finally covered them in the breadcrumb mix. I put the coated pork on a clean plate in a single layer and put it in the fridge for half an hour to ‘rest’. Apparently this helps to stop the coating falling off when you cook it, I just did it because Sy wasn’t home from work yet.
When Sy did get in, I heated some oil in a saucepan and shallow fried the pork pieces until they were golden brown. Then I put them on a piece of kitchen towel to soak off the oil before sticking them under the grill on a medium heat to make sure they were cooked through (and just to keep them warm whilst I cooked the rest of the meal).
I admit I cheated with the Chinese veg – they came out of a tin. I drained and rinsed them and stir fried them for about 4 minutes.
For the Egg-fried noodles I used two eggs, three chopped spring onions and a packet of Straight-to-Wok noodles (which is probably cheating again). I beat the eggs as if I were going to scramble them, melted a knob of butter in the wok then poured in the egg and added the chopped spring onions and noodles. Then it was just a case of constantly stirring until the egg was cooked and the noodles were warm through.
Heap everything onto a plate and Hey Presto! – One meal ready to go.
On other subjects, Sy and I won £4 each on scratchcards today. Having not bought any for weeks, what were the chances of us both deciding to buy exactly the same scratchcard and both winning the same amount? Very random, but far from unwelcome. It covered the cost of dinner anyway, which made it taste all the better!