A conversation about spices, especially about star anise, made me think about using some different spices than usual. I decided the star anise would be a good flavor for my planned main course for dinner tonight: pork chops browned with onion and braised with apple sauce. Experimentally, we dry-brined the chops for several hours with a light coat of salt and sugar before cooking. This did help the chops to become a very nice brown color with deeper flavor.
Tonight's salad of red cabbage and apples. I added another spice: candied ginger as well as sherry vinegar and a little honey.
Maybe in the New Year I will be writing up one meal a week to document what I cook. Like this.