Archive for January, 2011

Slow cooker pulled pork, with a kick.

I’ve been crazy busy this week and partly because of this I decided to try a slow cooker pulled pork recipe.  I prepared everything on Thursday night and left it cooking all day Friday while I was at work.  It had been my intention was to take some pics and make it a photoblog/recipe post but I was knackered and just wanted to get it done on Thursday, and last night I just wanted to munch rather than get artsy with the finished results.

The recipe I followed was taken from and is below, its pretty good, a lot spicier than any other pulled pork recipes I have made, but tasted good bundled into buns with a side of broccoli coleslaw I made to go with.  I have just finished making pizza bases from scratch (first time) next onto the pizza sauce and then the left over pulled pork will be the topping along with a healthy (or is that unhealthy) amount of cheese.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

500 ml (2 cups) thinly sliced onions

1.5 kg (3 lb) pork loin roast

500 ml (2 cups) chopped, peeled apples

8 large onion buns


1 bottle (455 ml) chili sauce

75 ml (1/3 cup) each grainy mustard and liquid honey

30 ml (2 tbsp) chili powder

30 ml (2 tbsp) each tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce

15 ml (1 tbsp) packed brown sugar

5 ml (1 tsp) smoked paprika (or 10 ml/2 tsp regular paprika)

2 cloves garlic, minced

Place onions on bottom of slow cooker. Place pork on top. Sprinkle apples over top and down sides.

Sauce: In a large bowl, mix together chili sauce, mustard, honey, chili powder, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, paprika and garlic; pour over meat and apples. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or until meat is fall-apart tender.

Remove roast to large plate. Using 2 forks in opposite directions, shred meat along its length. Stir meat back into sauce and serve on buns.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional information per 1 serving: 552 calories; 64 g carbohydrates; 46 g protein; 12 g fat; 6 g fibre.

Here is a pic of a pulled pork sandwich that I enjoyed but bought rather than made, it tasted awesome.

meat mmmmmmm

Baba ghanoush, currently the greatest dip in the world

I dont feel that I’ve had a sheltered life when it comes to the plethora of of pringle accompaniments out there, but I cant believe it took me so long to try baba ghanoush. I think maybe I was put off by the very idea of an aubergine based dip, but how wrong I was, its awesome.

The next step is to try making my own.

Bear; up close & personal

After much deliberation I have decided that if I ever come this close to a bear I think it will most likely be the last thing I ever see.

Stating the obvious

I managed a new record high on the ‘stating the obvious meter’ this morning.

I dropped my girlfreind off at work and had the dog in the car so I could take him on our mrning walk, deciding I wanted a coffee I headed to a Starbucks drive through where I proptly told the guy whose voice was booming through the speaker that I wanted my latte to go.

Just in case he thought I was going to collect it from the window and then come inside.

Australian advertisement humour

Having just returned from a couple of months down under I am happy to be home, but its great country, great people and a great ideas team at the Toyota marketing department;


Airport lounge awesomeness

I am currently most of the way through my longest ever non stop journey, I’ve taken in a few countries, many time zones but not a single bed. I have one more flight, thankfully a short haul, to go then a taxi and finally bed.  What I have found from this marathon is that I love airport lounges more than ever.  I cant call them a sanctuary as their is currently some guy yelling at a TV screen (something to do with the New England Patriots) but free booze, easy internet access and no screaming kids mean that although I may nearly be a broken man, I’m somewhat content.

My current lounge in Toronto has glasses with pre seasoned rims for mixing up Caesars and in an Air New Zealand lounge I was in at some point I the last 48hrs they had a ‘make your own hotdog’ stand.  I didn’t have one, but the idea was good awesome.

Now I just have to stay awake long enough to make my final flight and I’m laughing, beer keeps you awake and alert right?

Thoughtful Thursday

Very busy week this week so not much blogging, still away from home and working long days, looking forward to getting back at the end of the month.  My 3 week trip is past 6 weeks and still counting.

Mixed emotions with the people I’m working with over the last few days, one guy had to leave as he tragically lost his son, whilst  a couple of days later another got a call from home to say he was going to be the proud father of a baby boy.  It all seemed quite poignant and as I missed missed wordless Wednesday, I thought I would do a ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ for the first time with a quote I read on a wall and has stuck with me ever since;

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”