I sat, staring at my screen for the longest time, and usually the words would flow from my thoughts to my fingers, tapping away at the keyboard. But I just stared. All of a sudden I was unsure of what I should say, or if I wanted to say anything, whether it was important at all. Day after day, I kept drawing a blank, until I finally just turned off completely, and took a break. Although the cooking still continued, I had a bad case of writer's block.
It's been a month or so. I started to miss my blogging world - the photos, the recipes, the comments, my friends, and yes, even the writing. Sorry to have disappeared for a bit, but I'm back. Here's a very hearty recipe for Slow-Roasted Pork Belly, adapted from the traditional Danish technique and a more modern Jamie Oliver.
Slow-Roasted Pork Belly
1.5kg pork belly with skin on
2 apples, cored and sliced
5 shallots, sliced
2 sprigs of rosemary
Preheat the oven to 220 deg C. In the meantime, with a small sharp knife, score the skin, through the fat, but be careful not to cut into the meat (or ask your butcher to do this for you). Place pork belly skin side down into a roasting tray and pour enough water just to cover the layer of skin and fat. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the baking tray from the oven, and reduce the heat to 180 deg C. Pour out the water from the baking tray and set aside. This can be used for making gravy if desired. Turn over the pork belly so it is skin side up. Rub salt onto the skin and into the grooves.
Add the apples, shallots, and rosemary underneath the pork, making a flavorful nest.
Roast for another 2 hours. At this point, the skin would have started to puff up into a crackling. If not, turn up the oven to broil, carefully watching the pork as the skin starts to puff up, making sure it does not burn.
Remove from the oven and let the meat rest for about 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Serve with pickled red cabbage and a good strong mustard. You can also make a brown gravy from the drippings, and serve with potatoes.