Today’s project – cook up storm.
Originally the plan was to only make pulled pork and lentil soup, but then I decided to add jalapeno cheddar beer bread and an apple tart to the list. The pulled pork is supposed to cook for 8-10 hours in the slow cooker. I am hoping to serve to for dinner tonight, so I woke up fairly early to start cooking.
Step 1 – assemble and measure the ingredients.
Out kitchen is outlet challenged and most of the outlets in my cooking area, which I would need, so I took the slow cooker into the office, plugged it in and set the timer. I was in the office off and on all day, at one point the smell of the pulled pork, while delicious, was very overpowering and I had to open the window. Thankfully the weather is extremely mild today so I didn’t freeze.
Jalapeno Cheddar Beer Bread
Next I made jalapeno cheddar beer bread. Last week I tried plain beer bread – which was delicious, but today I thought it could use some extra zip. I had half a block of old cheddar and a jar of jalapenos in the fridge which I thought would make an awesome combination. I also thought it would make an excellent combination with dinner. This week I used Heineken in the bread. It was either that or a Guinness and I thought the lighter beer would be nicer with the extra ingredients.
Beer bread is one of the simplest things I know how to make. Grating the cheese and cutting the jalapenos took more time than mixing the ingredients and putting the bread in the oven. Next time I want to try dill in the bread – I think it would taste amazing.
Next I made soup. I can’t tell you what a life, lunch and wallet saver soup has been for the past month. Making soup every sunday, or every second sunday and then freezing it has given me enough soup for 1 to 2 weeks worth of lunches. I used to eat out for lunch 4 to 5 times a week and now I rarely eat out at all. I am super excited by how much money I am saving.
First I cut up and measured all of the ingredients. I find that this helps a lot when I am cooking, so that I can toss things in when they are ready instead of scrambling to chop or measure while I go. It also serves as a double check that I have all of the ingredients before I start cooking.
I made 3 substitutions to the original recipe (which can be found on The First Mess blog). I used red onions instead of white because I had red onion in the house, chicken broth instead of vegetable broth because of preference, and paprika instead of smoked paprika because I couldn’t find any. I visited 3 stores looking for smoked paprika and nothing.
Otherwise I followed the recipe and instructions to a tee and everything turned out perfectly. I followed the recipe and instructions and I think everything turned out perfectly.
Now back to the kitchen to start prepping for dinner and the apple tart. Depending on when I have time, I will post more pics tonight or tomorrow.
Update: recipe and pictures of the apple tart just posted. Ps. the tart was delicious and super easy to make.