Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pork & Apple Hot Pot

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m sitting on my sofa, watching The Golden Girls, and thinking about how I don’t want to write a blog post. I struggle to find any space for creativity at the end of a long day. At the end of a work day I just want to throw my to do list out the window. Work out? No thank you. Make dinner? Do I have to? Write a bunch of words that no one will read? Surely it can wait until tomorrow. But then I don’t want to do it tomorrow either.

I’m just so crap at staying motivated. Tell me your secrets, friends. How do you keep up with your life? And before you suggest it, no I can’t afford a maid. 

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Pork & Apple Hot Pot is decidedly not a quick and easy week night dish. I mean, it’s easy, but it’s anything but quick. It’s a slow cooking autumn fantasy. Apples, onions, and bacon cook down to a soft flavorful mush that makes your pork unbelievably tender. I’m normally not a pork chop person, but man, this is tasty.

A bit of good news for you. This whole thing can be cooked in one pot. Just make sure you have something that can transfer from the stove top to the oven. A bit more good news. This will make your house smell heavenly.

Pork & Apple Hot Pot | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The weekend will be here soon, friends. We can make it. And once we get there, let’s eat Pork & Apple Hot Pot.

Pork & Apple Hot Pot
Serves 6
Pork & Apple Hot Pot is a one pot all day dish that's perfect for autumn.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 onions, peeled, halved, and sliced into half moons
  3. 250 grams bacon (of the streaky variety)
  4. 50 grams flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  7. 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. 6 boneless pork loin chops
  10. 4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  11. 750 ml apple juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (170C). Heat the oil in an oven proof pot and cook the onions over medium heat for about 10 minutes until soft. Remove the onions to a separate bowl.
  2. Scissor your bacon in small pieces into the hot pt and cook until the pieces start to crisp up. Remove the bacon to the same bowl as the onions and mix them together.
  3. Put the flour, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, salt, and pepper into a zip top bag and give it a bit of a shake to combine. Add the pork chops two or three at a time and shake it all about to coat the pork in the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess flour, and sear the pork in the hot pot for a couple of minutes per side and remove to a plate. Repeat until all the pork is seared.
  4. Tip the remaining flour into the pot and give it a whisk until it soaks up the oil. Slowly add in the apple juice, whisking it with the flour after each addition to get rid of any lumps.
  5. Add half of the onion bacon mixture back to the pot, then three of your pork chops, followed by half the apples. Repeat the layers again.
  6. Pop the lid on the pan and put the whole thing in the oven to do its magic for three hours. Your pork will be tender and the apples and onions will be soft.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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Apple Margarita

Apple Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I always thought of the Scottish as champion drinkers. There’s a pub on every corner. They have their own class of whiskey with almost as many distilleries as castles. It’s cold up here, and booze is a handy way to keep warm. I never dreamed I’d have difficulty buying liquor here.

If you’re looking for whiskey or gin, you’ll be quite pleased with the selection. There’s even a ton of great flavored vodkas and more types of Pimm’s than I could have imagined. There’s generic Bailey’s and Kahlua so you can spend your precious pennies on wool sweaters. Beer aplenty and enough types of cider to make my little beer-hating heart sing. But try and find a bottle of decent and inexpensive tequila, and you might be in trouble. The UK needs more Mexicans. 

Apple Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

But I’m no stranger to ingredient hunting and taking what I can get. We’re taking margaritas into autumn by combining them with sweet apples. We’re saying goodbye to limes and light tacos and all things summer and switching gears to cheesy enchiladas and apply awesomeness.  It’s always the right time for margaritas. You just have to make sure they’re dressed appropriately.

If you can get some type of old-timey jug of of gorgeously fresh-pressed unfiltered apple cider, go with that. If not, use whatever apple juice is handy. Don’t let anything stand in your way. All the cider is fermented here so… 

Apple Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Raise your glass to falling leaves and jacket weather and apple margaritas. Live it.

Apple Margaritas
Serves 1
A sweet and tart apple margarita brings your favorite cocktail into Fall.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce Triple Sec
  2. 1 ounce tequila
  3. 3/4 cup apple juice or cider
  4. Apple slices and a cinnamon stick, optional
Instructions
  1. In a short glass filled with ice, add Triple Sec and tequila, then half a cup of apple juice. Give it a quick stir. If you're adding any fruit and/or ice to the glass, I'd put this in first, and then top up with more apple juice as needed. Pop in a cinnamon stick for stirring and drink away.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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Orange & Amaretto Cider

Orange & Amaretto Cider | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s been a long time since life has been normal. Chaos can make me a tiny bit anxious, and there’s just been so much of it lately. There’s a hope of stability just around the corner. I’m so ready to settle in and make a home again. It will be slow going, what with an empty kitchen and all, but I can already picture myself in the apartment, welcoming guests and creating memories. It’s gonna be awesome.

One of the biggest challenges is keeping your life confined to five suitcases. I could run out and buy and bunch of new stuff, but where would I put it all? I’ve had to challenge myself to work with what is immediately available to me. So instead of creating a new recipe that starts with buying a bunch of new ingredients, I raided my SIL’s liquor cabinet and made  you something sweet and refreshing. Totally cheeky or totally brilliant? I’ll let you decide.

Orange & Amaretto Cider | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This drink is simple. Combine a shot of amaretto with a shot of orange juice in the bottom of a pint glass. You can add in a splash of something else like cinnamon schnapps or, in my case, just a dash of mead for a bit of extra flavor. Then fill your glass with your favorite crisp hard cider. We used a can of Strongbow. If you want to add some autumn whimsy garnish it with apple slices and a cinnamon stick, preferably bought at the Asian market where you can get mountains of spices for practically nothing.

Orange & Amaretto Cider | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I said it would be awesome, I never said it would be easy. But I don’t really see the point in sitting around whining about being technically homeless and unemployed. Instead, I’ll fix myself a drink, throw on a scarf and some cute boots, and love my life. Want to join me?

Orange & Amaretto Cider
Serves 1
Sweet, nutty, and crisp, Orange & Amaretto Cider is getting me into Fall in a major way.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce amaretto
  2. 1 ounce orange juice
  3. Splash of mead
  4. 1 can/bottle hard cider
  5. Apple slices and a cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Stir together amaretto, orange juice, and mead in a tall glass. Fill with your favorite cider and garnish how you like. Drink until your stress is gone.
Adapted from Angry Orchard
Adapted from Angry Orchard
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