Wednesday, January 09, 2019

More Spice!

Star anise: a somewhat obscure spice.
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.

23 comments:

Jeanie said...

How long do you let the dry brine on? It sounds and looks really delish!

Mae Travels said...

Hi Jeanie,
We put the light sprinkle of salt & sugar on both sides of the chops in the morning, cooked them for dinner. The instructions were clear that you do not cover the meat: we left it in the refrigerator in an open dish. I think this is also recommended when you grill the meat on the BBQ, but we don't use the weber grill in the dead of winter!

Tina said...

Thank for posting the comment on how long to brine. I have never used star anise, I want to try new flavors this year.

Kitchen Riffs said...

I don't dry-brine all that much, but every time I do, I wonder why I don't do it more often. As in, all the time. And I LOVE star anise -- nice with pork. Or almost anything. Happy New Year

Marleen said...

O I would like to try that salad! Looks delicious :)

Pam said...

Sounds like a good meal to me. I will have to buy star anise, I've never used it.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I like your thoughts of using different spices to change up some of our favorite dishes.

Rhodesia said...

I use star anise a lot in cooking, we love the flavour.
Thanks for your visit and comment but please not that I do not normally allow comments to be printed that have a web link. Have a good day Diane

Jeff said...

I love pork chops. I think that brining them is the only way to go. I love the idea of using anise with them - would never have considered it.

Mae Travels said...

Hi Jeff, Just want to make sure to emphasize that _anise_ and _star anise_ are different spices, and have different intensities. Star anise is much less robust in flavor, and not so much like licorice. Thanks for commenting... thanks as well to everyone.

mae

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

I am going to try that brine!

Beth F said...

sounds like a successful experiment

Sheryl said...

The red cabbage and apple salad looks wonderful. I may have to give it a try. I don't use red cabbage enough. It's a delightful vegetable.

Sheryl said...

The Red Cabbage and Apple Salad looks wonderful. I may have to give it a a try. I don't use Red Cabbage enough in my cooking. It's a delightful vegetable.

Claudia said...

Wonderful combination of flavors in both the chops and salad Mae. I'm going to try it myself.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I love star anise but don't use it often enough. Your dinner looks delicious. ;-)

fimère .b said...

une belle salade j'aime bien ce mélange de saveurs
bonne soirée

Geraldine Saucier said...

I have only used star anise in hot drinks. I will have to try it in main dishes. Thanks for the idea.

Abi Pearson said...

I'll have to keep this idea in mind! The one time I cooked with star anise was a disaster and now I'm kind of afraid of it. :D

Nan said...

I think I first heard of star anise on GBBO!

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

spicy makes delicious...love it.
have a great day

Angie Schneider said...

The pork chops look so flavourful and juicy. Perfect to go with that cabbage salad..a fantastic meal!

Jen Rose said...

I love star anise! That meal looks so yummy. =)