In Like Water for Chocolate, cooks cast special spells using chocolate as an elixer. Instead of creating gold, they created passion. The cayenne in this love potion is sure to heat up the chemistry between you and your special someone this Valentine’s Day, so you can tango until it’s time to siesta.
Some historians speculate that the pomegranate, rather than the apple, was the source of all that drama in the Garden of Eden. In this heart-healthy recipe, the tension between the assertive spices and the sweet fruity glaze creates a drama all its own. Good for the heart, speaking both anatomically and metaphysically!
3½ teaspoons Smith & Truslow Organic Coriander·Cumin Rub
2 organic cinnamon sticks
1 Tablespoon olive oil
¾ cup pure pomegranate juice
1 blood orange (or any juicy orange)
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon cornstarch
½ cup water
1 Tablespoon butter
pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)
Rinse and dry pork loin. Mix ground spices and seasonings together and rub on meat.
Heat olive oil in pan and sear pork loin on every side until brown and cooked throughout (at least 20-25 minutes).
Remove pork loin and set aside on plate.
Whisk cornstarch with water.
Pour pomegranate juice in pan and bring to medium heat, scraping pork bits and stirring.
Add cornstarch mixture, balsamic vinegar and juice from blood orange and bring to a boil.
Add cinnamon sticks and swirl in the butter.
Reduce heat and reduce until mixture is thickened and syrupy (at least 15 minutes).
Slice pork thinly, plate and drizzle with pomegranate/blood orange sauce.
Sprinkle with a few pomegranate seeds for garnish, if desired.
NOTE 1: My local Mediterranean market carries a product by Zadaf called “pomegranate paste.” It is 100% pomegranate and comes in a tall glass bottle. I find it a less expensive alternative to using regular pomegranate juice, and since it is already thick and syrupy less reduction time is necessary. If you can find it, substitute it for the pomegranate juice, water and corn starch. It is less than $7.00 for a large bottle, can also be used for a pomegranate tequila sunrise, and can be ordered at http://sadaf.com/store/product518.html
NOTE 2: Any pork tenderloin will do, but the last time I made this I used one from my local supermarket by Hormel that had been marinated in lemon and garlic—very moist!!
Earthy rosemary and sweet garlic couple together to make these crispy-on-the-outside and tender-on-the-inside morsels irresistible. In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies. It’s well known that garlic is associated with virility. Make this as a symbol of your love.
This steak recipe will make you a culinary rock star. Here are my favorite quotes regarding the recipe:
“I was thinking about becoming a vegetarian until I tried this steak.”
“It is truely the best thing I have ever eaten.”
“I dream about this steak.”
It is so good, that we decided to ditch the turkey this thanksgiving and have steak instead. Don’t be dissuaded by the fancy French name, it is very easy to make.