Friday, 25 May 2012

Stuffed Pork Chops, Chocolate Chip Cookies....and Bridal veils!!!??!!

Well, yesterday was a nice cool, fresh day (12* and sunny)......a great day to bake something.

For supper, I made Stuffed Pork Chops, with Roger's favourite apple stuffing....

 You need some butterfly pork chops...

 The stuffing is almost the same as a regular stuffing for chicken, with the addition of a small chopped apple...

 I fasten the two sides after they are stuffed with stainless steel wire.  It is very
hygienic and quite easy to snip after they're cooked.  I usually bake them in a loaf keeps everything together nicely.  I cover the loaf pan with heavy duty aluminum foil for most of cooking.

Simply, place stuffing on one side of the chops, fold over and fasten.  place the chops in a loaf
pan with about 1/3 cup of water, then bake at 350* for about 1 1/2 hours.  Don't have water
up past the stuffing, but be careful that they don\t dry out.  
For the last 30 minutes of baking, I place a nice thick slice of peeled apple on the 
top of each stuffed chop.

Here's how it looked when we ate it....Yummmmy!

Stuffed pork chop, diced turnip & carrots, and steamed broccoli


My nephew Aaron just turned 25, on May 6.  He is an electrician and works away a lot. He is home for a few days now so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make him some of his favourite--Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cup margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Cream first six ingredients, then combine flour, soda, rolled oats and chocolate chips. 
drop dough by heaping spoonful onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake at 350* for
10-12 minutes, until golden brown.  Don't overbake.

I sometimes add a couple of Tbsps of peanut butter and some chopped peanuts.

Here's how they look:

                      The head pastry chef, Mrs. Pig, was pleased with how they turned out!! (ha ha)


Last, but not least, I wanted to share a picture of one of my bridal veil bushes.  I have a pair, 
one  on each side of the steps coming onto my front verandah. 
This is the first thing that  blooms in my garden each year!

Cheers to you all ;o)