Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Roast Pork Belly Sandwich with Chutney

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How does Monday always do that? No matter how much I prepare myself: organized to-do list in place, iron-clad schedule, outfit planned to the last detail, alarm clock at the ready...it always seems to expertly side-swipe me, coming at me like some devilish linebacker and knocking me off my feet. After which it proceeds to dump wave after wave of work and little surprises on me that I had sworn I was prepped for. But no. Monday is just too wily for me. I can rule the world on Tuesday to Sunday, but never on a Monday.

Which is another occasion when leftovers can save the day. A little smorgasbord of leftovers gathered from the weekend gives me peace of mind that I don’t have to cook on Monday night. As I go through the rigors of a Monday, sweating and swearing (yeah, I do that, surprise) and hoping to get everything done, I can breathe a wee bit easier knowing that I’ve got containers of food ready for dinner. Or at least dinner with minimal preparation.

Yesterday we had brilliant leftovers from the Nigerian food, made by our friend M, for a Saturday night dinner at our flat. Jollof Rice and okra stew (same lovely friend as here). C adores both dishes so M made lots extra so he would have leftovers. We had them yesterday after a round of (ick) gym. Between work and gym, at least dinner was one thing I didn’t have to fret about.

No photos of that since I don’t take food pictures after dark (my “lighting” is off-duty at night) but here is the last 0.5 of our roasted pork belly (see the first round of pork belly leftovers here) that did wonderfully as a hasty lunch. Pork belly...good to the very last!

No recipe as this is so simple to make and consists of things pulled together from what you’ve got around the kitchen. This is perfect if you have leftovers from a pork belly you’ve roasted flat, so you get these slices that look like meaty bacon. Don’t slice them too thin! You can slice them the night before so they are ready to go whenever you are.

Here’s what I did: Figure about 3-4 slices of belly per person. Straight from the fridge, fry pork belly slices in a pan with just a little oil until heated through, golden, and the rind’s a bit toasty. Toast a slice or two of bread per person (depends if you want an open or closed sandwich). Spread one side of bread with a grainy mustard. Top with rocket leaves. Top with the fried pork belly. Top with chutney (I used my spiced apple chutney) and spread. Top with the second slice of bread or leave open.

The pork belly served us well – 2.5 meals for less than the price of one steak! A successful study in leftovers that helped us avoid food waste and saved us some cash to boot.

Here are more ways to avoid food waste:
  • Buying only what you need – do not over-buy when it comes to fresh food (i.e. food that can spoil...I do understand the need to have some extra cans of corned beef in the larder for that unexpected typhoon or military coup)
  • Planning your meals – when you have a solid outline of what you’ll be eating during the week you are less likely to go wild at the market and buy things that will eventually taunt you as it rots.
  • Sharing is caring! – The most fun way to enjoy extra food...have friends over!

    If you you live in Australia, read Barbara’s post on the campaign to stop food waste there...

    If you’d like to share your own tips for avoiding food waste please do! I’m sure we could all use some help :) And maybe I’ll pick one to do in a future post!

    Meanwhile, let weekend leftovers save you a bit of Monday stress! It worked for me :) All I can say now is...thank God it’s Tuesday!
  • 26 comments:

    Manggy said...

    Hay! I only wish I could really plan and be a wise shopper. It's a good thing I don't cook the daily meals! O_o My tip is: freezer is your best friend. Whenever I make patties or a mince mix that has extra, it goes to a zip-lock. Fresh spinach gets steamed, wrung, packaged into bundles, and frozen. Freezer's full of egg whites, too. When I have too much extra cream, I chop up some chocolate and make ganache and freeze it.

    That sandwich is calling to me! Well, everyone knows I love my pork, but the addition of chutney just pushes it over the edge! :)

    caryn said...

    mmmm! that looks delish! i can almost taste the chutney sauce ;-) i often use leftovers as sandwich meat too, but i've never had anything like that ;-)

    Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

    That's a "dirty" looking sandwich ;-p! Really flavorful and delicious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    Tattum said...

    i loved this sandwich!!! your pictures look better everyday! you are right not taking pictures in the night...by day they look amazing!!Besos!!

    Honeybee said...

    I can SO relate to what you say about mondays. Every monday evening I am greatful, another one is over and without my yoga class at lunch, I'd don't think I'd make it. What is it about them?

    mikky said...

    what a great idea!!! looks so delicious too... :)

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Manggy! Thanks for the tips! I am also a rabid freezer and have odd bits and ends stuck in there...I have got to clean it out soon actually ;) I love roast meat sandwiches with chutney...roast pork, ham, leftover roast chicken...it’s just...right somehow :)

    Hi Caryn! I also use leftovers in sandwiches...it’s the easiest thing for a busy day don’t you think? :) Try adding chutney in your sandwiches...it really adds a little extra oomph!

    Hi Rosa! Hehe ;) Roast pork and chutney are not very “neat and tidy” I suppose, heehee :)

    Hi Tattum! Thank you so much and so wonderful to hear from you! :) Big hug!

    Hi Honeybee! I have no idea...they have some sort of sneaky, nefarious power!

    Hi Mikky! Thank you :)

    katrina said...

    You just gave me an idea for what to eat tomorrow. I have LOTS of leftovers in my fridge now, because we ordered waaaaay too much food tonight when we took my family out to dinner. (We couldn't split the leftovers because they're leaving for abroad tomorrow.) I think a sandwich made of the stuffed chicken and some of your chutney (YAY, been trying to think of a way to eat it again!) will be perfect. Thanks, Joey!

    Erin said...

    Yum! I love the pork and chutney combo would be perfect for a sandwich.
    I know how reassuring it is after a rough Monday to know dinner is taken care of. Just one of the little luxuries a little planning and recycling can offer.

    Katelyn said...

    You are so creative with your "leftovers". I have a hard time thinking of these as leftovers since it is not the same dish re-heated! We freeze a lot as well, and often get frozen veggies since we can use only what we need, when we need it. I prefer to cook and eat the fresh ones, but here in the states it's almost more nutritious to eat flash frozen produce than what has been off the vine for at least a few days.

    www.katelynsfood.blogspot.com

    Suzana said...

    Planning is really crucial when it comes to shopping. I love what you did with the leftovers, and the chutney... oh my, it looks SO good!

    Midge said...

    Aaaah! Roast pork in a sandwich - sheer bliss! I also recommend (if you still have leftovers) stuffing slices of roast pork and some kimchi into halved mantou. Just fab!

    Jude said...

    pork and chutneys always go great.. The tart sweet flavor goes well with it.
    Thanks for the reminders for eliminating food waste!

    Su-Lin said...

    Mmmm.... Not sure if there would even be any leftover pork belly in the flat to start with though...

    Marvin said...

    This sandwich looks so simple, but I can tell there are so many flavors going on with the arugula, mustard, and chutney. And on top of all that the pork belly! I've got to get my hands on some pork belly.

    Maria said...

    This looks great ... will definitely try soon!

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Katrina! I like this chutney with roast chicken and turkey too :) The same way you would have cranberry relish/sauce with turkey...

    Hi Erin! You said it...although it seems I can never prepare myself completely for a Monday, this definitely helps :)

    Hi Katelyn! I also freeze most what I don’t use...so the food can live to fight another day :) I also try to use only what we need...I have a weekend market near me so it’s easy to get our veggies :)

    Hi Suzana! Planning is very important...when I don’t have a list I run wild in the store/market!

    Hi Midge! No more leftovers but I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time...sounds delicious! I love kimchi!

    Hi Jude! I agree the tartness cuts into the fatty pork perfectly!

    Hi Su-lin! Hehe :) This was really too big a piece!

    Hi Marvin! It is really simple but yes the flavours play off each other wonderfully! Go get some pork belly! Would love to see what you whip up with it :)

    Hi Maria! Thanks! Hope you like it :)

    [eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

    That's just one awesome sandwich. And the fact that it took very little work? That just makes me love it even more.

    JMom said...

    Pork belly! that's about as far as I got before I started drooling :D

    veron said...

    Joey! How could you tempt me with such yummy pork belly. It's not readily available here and I just miss it so.

    Dhanggit said...

    I agree with you on the importance of planning to avoid wasting food! I hate dumping food too! anyways this pork belly sandwich with chutney sounds fantastic!

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi JS! I too love awesomeness that comes from little effort but great ingredients ;)

    Hi Jmom! Hehe...you and me both!

    Hi Veron! Really? But it’s just part of the pork...I assumed it would be available anywhere that pork was...learn something new every day I guess! Well, you are lucky too...I still remember that post you did on the morels!

    Hi Dhanggit! I know...such a pity when more people could be enjoying food than it going to waste...I am not the perfect planner myself but I do try my best! :)

    Peabody said...

    Well, that is a seriously fantastic sandwich.

    ChichaJo said...

    Thanks Peabody! Can't go wrong with pork belly ;)

    gourmandtales said...

    nice nice sandwich...

    ChichaJo said...

    Thank you Gourmandtales :)