Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sangria, Cranberry Ginger Pork and a wee bit of Hit or Miss

First things first--I don't know if its because we switched to using Chrome as a browser, but all my pictures uploaded in a ridiculous order. (And apparently I am misspelling every other word) ANYHOW I'll just have a nice glass of Sangria and tell you about our night...
Quick Sangria
-half glass red wine (I'm using box cabernet)
-splash orange juice
-cut up limes, oranges
-Ice
and I change it up depending on what juice / fresh fruit I have

I took a trip to the ever scintillating (and always friendly) Save-A-Lot in the West End. It's usually a bit of gamble, because you can never be quite sure what they'll have in stock. (for example--this week there was no lettuce! Not even iceberg!) I am the type of person who goes to a grocery store with recipes, a two week menu plan, and coupons to match. But I do enjoy a challenge. So this week's "Orange and Ginger Pork" turned into "Cranberry Ginger Pork" after ascertaining there was no marmalade to be found.

Another unique twist--notice how the "top" of this can is not designed for a can opener? (also, see evidence of typed grocery list, complete with menu and recipes)
Bottoms up!
Cranberry Ginger Pork

1 cup cranberry sauce
3 T. orange juice
1 T. brown sugar
zest of 1 lime
1 inch piece ginger, grated (I used powdered)

combine above ingredients in pan over medium low heat and stir. Simmer 5 minutes.

Tavo will wash the pork loin! Now, this recipe simply said, "Pork Loin." So I grabbed one, and grumbled to Tavo about how I spent $7 on his meat habit. (little did I know I'd bought enough pork to feed a small army)
Directions say to brush on cranberry marinade and broil for 15 minutes, rotating once. Hmm....

Yeah, 20 minutes later and we're still raw. So, we sliced up the bohemoth pork loin into manageable half pound slabs and threw it back in.

I will not be serving trichinosis pork today!


Served with saffron rice (vegetable stock instead of water, a couple strands of saffron) and garlic / crushed red pepper sauteed broccoli.




Tavo made insanity pork loin lunches for the week! Stack and drizzle....
Happy Tuesday evening, everyone!!

12 comments:

Selba said...

The cranberry, lime, orange, brown sugar and ginger sound really a good combination to marinate the pork.

Yummmm... it looks a delicious meal!

tommie said...

Love the sangria recipe!

Anette said...

How elegant you've sliced pieces of the citrus fruits! I liked that!

doggybloggy said...

this is madness I tell you pure unadulterated madness....

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your pork loin looks scrumptuous! I love how you served it. I get really frustrated wit the grocery stores here, you have to shop at 3 different stores to get everything you need. We had Sav a Lots in New Orleans, but I never did visit one.

TavoLini said...

Selba--thanks!! Tavo liked it (I liked the rice and broccoli!)

Tommie--I have been on a sangria KICK. I think I'm ready for summer...

Anette--thanks! I've got some pineapple to throw in later this week ;)

Doggy--we are mad people. These things happen!

Katherine--I end up doing grocery store rounds, too. Either that or just change the recipe depending on my level of laziness. Save A Lot isn't the greatest store, but they usually have good deals on the meat and produce, and carry random stuff. I should have bought some plantains.

buffalodick said...

Looked great, but how did Save-A-Lot end up with Hogzilla? I go to one right by our house, and the last time there, they were out of white sugar! I kid you not...

TavoLini said...

Buffalo--LOL!! You know, hogzilla actually IS native to Georgia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogzilla

No white sugar? I believe it! They probably had mangoes, though ;)

buffalodick said...

You know exactly what I was talkin' about! I looked twice, bitched at the check-out- and there wasn't one pound of plain white sugar in the the damn building! Dark-haired check-out/store manager/stock girl was the best!

The Blonde Duck said...

$7 is pretty cheap for as much meat as you got! I don't even want to tell you what we spend on MY meat habit...

jesse said...

Mmmm, love BOTH the pork and sangria. Btw, there's an award for you on my blog.. please come by and pick it up, otherwise it'll be left alone and be sad.

snowelf said...

Shopping at Save-a-Lot is always a challenge! :) We have an equivilant here and I go there first and get everything I can from my (also typed and very organized shopping list), then I pick up what I can't find at Target. *Luckily it's right across the street from the first store.

That meal looks absolutely delicious!! (Of course, like Tavo, if I made it, I'd be eating it for a week too since my chilis wouldn't touch it :S )

--snow