| nigel slater's roasted courgettes with thai-style |
minced chilli and lime pork
So when in doubt and looking for a little bit of inspiration, as ever I turn to Nigel Slater. This time to Tender, Volume 1, since I also have a glut of courgettes to use up. Since Tender is organised by vegetable, it was only a matter of minutes, page 290 and "baked marrow, minced pork" that I had my recipe.
Nigel describes this "a contemporary take on the mince-stuffed marrow". I think of it more as a deconstructed version with Thai-infused flavours of chilli, garlic and lime with a hint of aniseed from fresh dill. But either way, it is probably nicer than many traditional stuffed marrows, which if done badly are soggy and tasteless! Here Nigel roasts his marrow or courgettes first, which prevents the sog-factor and gives far more flavour.
Nigel insists (I say "insists" which is probably too strong a word; Nigel gently suggests) that once you've bunged the pork mince into the hot oil that you should leave it to caramelise and crisp up. It seems a bit contrary to what we usually do when cooking mince, but the end result of crisp and golden morsels is incredibly moreish. The added herbs, chilli and lime juice at the end make a perfect summer meal.
Since this recipe is awash with fragrant dill and peppery parsley, I am a late entry into Karen at Lavender and Lovage's Cooking with Herbs blog challenge. I think the addition of dill in this really adds to both a cooling summery feel to the dish as well as quite a comforting one.
I can't wait to see what everyone else has come up and, as always, some fabulous inspiration!