Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SOMETHING IN THE OVEN

It's so nice to have a pork roast in the oven for an hour-and-a-half, scenting the house with the lovely smells of garlic and pepper and a little thyme, with a pool of cider with apples and onions bubbling beneath. There were two of the little roly-poly roasts, much the size of Cornish Hens, and they cooked to a perfect 180, fork-tender and delicious beneath the reduced pan juices and flavorful apples.

Sides of Braised Cabbage with a little garlic and soy, some from-a-box Red Beans and Rice, a square of dense, cheesy Cornbread, and a dab from a lovely jar of Cranberry Chutney---perfect on a cool night.

And the scents of the afternoon, with that porky succulence filling the air---just having an oven-dish in progress, whether roast or chicken or casserole, says that you're coping; you're on top of things, and can go on with chores or relaxing alike, content in the outcome: A good hot dinner with little effort and a lot of preliminary enjoyment just of the moment, as well.

Something in the oven---one of the best features of a cold day.


11 comments:

Keetha said...

Oh, yes! I love how you capitalize on and celebrate the little home comforts that make life so dear.

Maggie McArthur said...

Are there leftovers? Can I come over for lunch?

racheld said...

Home comforts---one of the best concepts ever concepted, isn't it?

And Maggie---How 'bout a late supper? You can be here in about four hours, I think. Of course, you'll HAVE to spend the night.

Chesapeake said...

Rachel, you DO need a "Like" button so we can agree with others without having to think of a new way to say the same thing. Not that I'd ever do that, right?

Beverly said...

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel.♥♥♥ This is just plain cruel. Why? You know you have me licking my lips, and I'm leaving for work with nothing but a cup of coffee.

But, delicious coffee, it was.

Marlene said...

Chesapeake said it ...you DO need a LIKE button! How can you do this to us??...my mouth is watering, but enjoying it all the same, as usual.

racheld said...

AWWW, I'm SORRY, all you Sweetpeas!! My photo skills are NIL, and I'd NEVER make a living "Plating"---I seemed to have sauce splooshed all over the plate (Not that THAT'S a bad thing---yum). It WAS a good dinner.

And a button---I barely know where the SEND button is, Guys!! You know I've only been posting photos about a year, anyway---took me that long to learn THAT.

On another site I used to belong to, any REALLY good-looking dish or cake or bowl of something gorgeous---I once said DIVE!!! as in "dive right in," and everybody started using it.

Thank you ALL for chiming in!

Beverly said...

The "like" button comment made me smile.

But, if you would like a button for your blog that others can lift and share on their blogs, just let me know. I would be glad to make one for you.

Kim Shook said...

Dive, indeed! I believe that I have a tiny little two-person pork roast hiding somewhere in the freezer. I need to dig that little fellow out and give him the Rachel treatment. It looks and sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

As a veg-and-fish-osaur, I do miss the permeating smell of a pork roast as it renders down and gets tender. I also miss the ease of being able to shove a seasoned hunk of something into the oven and have it come out, after a bit, delicious -- with little or no tending. That's serious magic!

~Bellwether Vance

Edie Mindell said...

Oh, you made me hungry here.:-) I also love the smell of oven-roasted pork, as well as the delicious taste of its tender meat. Oh yummy!!! I think I'll have to cook one tonight.:-)