Friday, November 09, 2007

I messed up
--Balsamic Pork

Balsamic Pork
Mr. Food Every Day’s A Holiday Diabetic Cookbook Copyright 2002

2 large red onions, thinly sliced
One 1-pound pork tenderloin
½ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup apple juice
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

1. Coat a large skillet or wok with nonstick cooking spray; sauté the onion slices over high heat for 10 minutes, or until caramelized.
2. Spread the onions to the edge of the skillet and place the tenderloin in the center. Pout the vinegar and apple juice over the tenderloin and onions, and sprinkle with the salt and the pepper. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until desired doneness, turning the tenderloin once during cooking.
3. Thinly slice the tenderloin and serve with the caramelized onions.

I hate when I mess up and then I don't know if the recipe isn't any good or if I ruined it. I forgot to buy apple juice so I had to improvise by squishing up an apple with water. My apples weren't that sweet so then I had to throw in some sugar. I'm not even sure all that I ended up doing to this. In the end it wasn't bad but it wasn't anything I would make again. I've made similar recipes that turned out better.

I've been slipping up a lot. Usually I go over my recipes the night before but I've been getting sloppy.

My grocery bill was higher again this week. It was steady, then it went up around $10, then it went up another $5 this week. Although I know where that $5 came from. My husband wanted something to eat while he hunts and do you know how hard it is to find something that doesn't have nuts or peanuts or is cross-contaminated? He used to take trail mix. I could make a nut-free trail mix but it wouldn't have protein and lots of things I'd like to put in it (like yogurt covered raisins) are cross-contaminated. I had to buy beef jerky which was $5 for 4 ounces.

Blast From The Past: Crumb-Coated Dijon Chicken from September 2006. I know I've mentioned this a few times but it's just so good. We had it for dinner last night. It never disappoints.

Question of the Day: What could I send with my husband hunting? (Something that goes in a baggie.)


Randi said...

I guess you can't buy those tins of smokehouse almonds? If he doesnt open them up at home, why can't he take them? Does the nut dust stay on his hands all day? I'm clueless when it comes to nut allergies.

Randi said...

Btw, our grocery store in town has this PC insiders guide. You can see it at They have a bunch of new nut free( certified nut free facility) snack foods for kids. I'd love to send you some for your son since you sent me those books awhile ago.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I don't buy anything that isn't peanut and nut-free. It's just easier to have a strict rule while my son is so young, so he doesn't get confused. My husband could get his own almonds outside the house but as long as he's asking me to pick something up for him, it's not going to be anything I wouldn't keep in the house. (Residue does stay on the hands but my son isn't allergic to almonds.)

Thanks for the offer of the nut free snack foods but there are actually quite a lot of snack foods he can eat. He eats way too much junk! Canadians do have a larger variety of nut-free products but we still have plenty of empty calories to choose from. And I don't want to confuse him by giving him something that otherwise wouldn't be safe for him (anything that looks like an unsafe American product), KWIM?

DancesInGarden said...

Hmmm. It is hard, because I don't know what might be cross contaminated. If it were me, I would like dried cranberries, apricots, shelled sunflower and pumpkin seeds, mini pretzels, and coconut curls. The curls are hard to find. When I see them I buy as much as I can carry LOL. If he likes raisins, there are some nice mixed raisins now that have different colours and sizes in the same bag - nice for a variety without buying several kinds.

You could also add chocolate or butterscotch chips.

Anonymous said...

I've sent my husband with string cheese and hard boiled eggs when he's been hunting. Both go in baggies. Not the best snack but it works for him.

Rachael Narins said...

Have you tried making your own energy bars? There are some great recipes out there!

Good luck!