Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut

The best thing to roast this in— and it what my father always uses– is an enamel turkey-roasting pan. It is large with tall sides and a life. If you do not have one, don’t worry– any large and tall baking dish will do, a covering of aluminum foil will substitute for a lid perfectly. This is a traditional dish of Eastern Europe and there are as many different recipes for it as there are who make it; it’s good with frozen peas stirred in, mushrooms, anything! The paprika is optional, but it does add a wonderful flavor and beautiful color.

Ingredients

  • a 3-3 1/2 pound rack of pork ribs
  • 1 medium onion1 stalk celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 tablespoon best-quality Hungarian paprika (optional)
  • 4-6 cups of low salt/sodium chicken stock
  • 22 lb. bags of sauerkraut– or, of course, 4 pounds of sauerkraut. Make sure it is an unflavored variety
  • 3 lbs. of red skinned potatoes, washed and cut into quarterssalt– as needed
  • 3 tbs. oil

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350. Peel the carrot. Prepare homemade pasta as a side dish in your best pasta machine. Grate the carrot, celery, and onion. You can do it by hand, but I just pop them through the grating attachment on my food processor and it takes all but two minutes. Put the oil in the largest skillet or pot you have and set it over medium heat. When the oil is heated, place the rack of ribs meaty-side down. It might look a little comical with the furthest extremes sticking out of the pan if the rack is long, but what we want is as much of it crisp and golden as we can.

Once the meat is nice and seared, carefully lift it out of the pan and place it in the roasting dish. Add the grated vegetables to the hot skillet and stir around to deglaze the pan. While the pork is frying, you’ll need to rinse the sauerkraut unless you like very sour sauerkraut. I happen to enjoy the tang as does my Aunt Trish, but most people enjoy it a little milder. Simply pour all the sauerkraut into a colander you’ve set up in the sink. Rinse it under cold running water for about 10 seconds. Try a shred of the sauerkraut– if you’re content with the tartness, continue on– if you would like it milder, rinse for another ten seconds.

Once the pan has been deglazed, sprinkle in a tablespoon of salt and the paprika if using and stir to combine. Pour in the freshly rinsed sauerkraut and stir to ensure the the vegetable-paprika mix is evenly dispersed. try a bite of the sauerkraut– it should be salted enough that you would eat it like that. This recipe takes a lot of salt between the meat and the potatoes, but to avoid oversalting you must sample it at this stage. Add more salt, if needed. Heat the sauerkraut through, but do not fry it.

Place half the sauerkraut in the roasting dish around the rack of ribs. Add in the potatoes around the ribs and on top of the sauerkraut. Use the rest of the sauerkraut to cover the potatoes and the ribs. Pour in the chicken stock. You should pour in just enough that the liquid level is just below the surface, but not above. Cover with a lid (or a layer of foil) and carefully (it’s heavy!) place the whole thing in the oven. Reduce the heat to 300 and let it roast for about 3-4 hours. The meat should cook relatively quickly, but don’t be tempted to eat it until it’s tender. it’s done with a butter knife can slice through the meat of the ribs easily and a fork effortlessly remove the meat from the bone. Join the discussion and see more photos from this recipe!

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Monday Mantra – Rest and Relax

Monday Mantra – Rest and Relax

Yesterday I hit the point of exhaustion. I had all kinds of plans about going out to get props for photographs and preparing for a yoga photo shoot I’m modelling for this week, but they fell completely by the wayside. I’ve been pushing myself pretty hard recently, and this Saturday I got up at 4am to travel to Eastbourne for a workshop with a photographer I admire a lot. By the end of the day I was pretty much a zombie and, even after eight hours sleep I was still struggling to get up enough energy to get anything done. These kinds of extreme energy dips are a warning sign to me, and a reminder of my old life as a stockbroker, which consisted of periods of furious activity, punctuated by periods of complete and utter collapse. And while I’m currently 100% committed to and focused on building my photography portfolio into something usable by the end of my course, I do have to watch out for my own wellbeing too. I’m very aware of my own personal need for lots of sleep and time for mindfulness. I’ve been meeting photographers at the top of their game in the last couple of weeks and I admire their mindset so much. It’s tempting to attempt to replicate what they do, but I’ve got to make sure I look after myself and enjoy the process too, finding the way that works best for me. I have a tendency to push a little too hard and need to notice quickly when I’m overdoing it. A good sign is when my yoga practice goes out of the window. When I feel like I can’t do my practice, yet I want to push on with shooting or photo editing, I know I’m taking it too far. And that’s what happened yesterday. I opted for a two hour nap but I’d love to hear what you guys do to replenish your energy levels in these kinds of situations. Exhaustion is absolutely destructive to creativity so I think I need to cultivate some protected and regular time for doing something   besides photography and studying. Let me know what works for you!

 

 

Monday Mantra – Rest and Relax

So, I spent Saturday at a workshop with a photographer I really respect and admire and I have to say I was a little disappointed. I won’t say who it was, but I was really disappointed by them, which started me thinking about the absurdity of believing we should know or like someone personally, just because we admire their work as an artist. Because we feel as if we know them, we feel that they should respond to us as long lost friends, and when they don’t live up to our expectations, often we feel slighted. And this made me wonder about the difficulties of being well known and shy or socially awkward. How must it be to be a celebrity of some sort and not be able to hide your emotions? When I thought about why I was disappointed with this photographer, I think it was because she seemed unengaged and like she didn’t want to be there. But that’s a criticism that has been leveled at me many times, even when it’s not true. I’m not always naturally friendly and open and I’m sometimes awkward socially, especially when I’m feeling intimidated, so I’ve been accused of being stuck up or too passive before. I didn’t get the lead part in the school play because the teachers didn’t think I wanted it enough, even though it was the absolute most important thing in the world at that point, and I was once reassigned from one team of stockbrokers because I wasn’t “smiley” and positive enough. I was going through an ugly divorce at the time and I couldn’t play the part. How must it be to have so many people feel that they are entitled to your smiles and your attention, no matter what is happening in your life?

Monday Mantra – Rest and Relax

Anyway, I started thinking about this because I have a photography project on Celebrity due at the end of February and think I may explore this concept a bit further in the piece I submit. The tutors want us to write to a celebrity and take Hello magazine style photos of them for the experience. I’m feeling really quite aggrieved that so many of these set projects are to provoke us into experiences that develop our commercial acumen, rather than our photographic technique so I’ve lost interest in completing them as the tutors would like. Instead I’m using them as a challenge to use my creativity to come up with interesting interpretations of the brief. So, perhaps I’ll do something which explores our sense of entitlement where celebrities are concerned. Might take a bit more thought and planning, but I think I’ll just let it sit for now.