This meal wasn't exactly what it would have been had we been in the states, but it hit the spot. My husband is very homesick right now and without knowing it he prepared a cure for dinner. He asked me for a roast when I went to the store Sat. night and pork shoulder was on sale so I got that. Plus I know it is Garrett's favorite. Sunday morning he made a BBQ rub for it (from our newest Jamie cookbook-"Jamie's America"), braised it in a pan and put it in the crockpot. When we got home from church Sunday afternoon I made our favorite Jamie Oliver salad to go with it and some rice with olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic, ginger, and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. It tasted wonderful with the pork.
This meal was not just yummy it was great comfort food that made G feel less homesick. He likes it here, but is also feeling very homesick for all the comforts, food, and people at home.
How This Started and My Hope For This Experiment
My Husband and I are both big fans of Jamie Oliver. For Christmas I bought him Jamie's cookbook "Jamie's 30 Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast". As I read the preface of his cookbook I was inspired by his ideas. He felt that he was spending too much time cooking during the busy week and doing too much clean up. So he decided that for the week night meals there needed to be something quick and still healthy and yummy. He and his team did a lot of work and made the "30 Minute Meals". He has explicit directions for step by step getting the meal done in 30 min. He tells you what to do first, second, and third so that you have all dishes going at the same time, instead of making it dish by dish. Since we aren't doing once a month cooking right now I was captured by this idea and dying to start trying. I have been spending way too much time in the kitchen during the week and can't wait to be able to prepare good meals fast. My husband was all for it since he loves to eat great food and has a very particular palette. He will be making some of the meals on weekends when he isn't working because, this is after all, his cookbook :)