Sticky Asian pork is one of our standard weekly meals normally saved for a Saturday or Sunday night treat. It’s good, really, really good! The only thing I would say is that you have to choose your pork carefully. Use the wrong cut of meat and it can be tough and dry. I have suggested shoulder steaks which is our favourite but they do have a bit of fat on them which might not be to everyone’s liking. A nice piece of pork fillet would work well too but is that bit more expensive.
Just over two years ago I gave up my job in the city to be a stay at home Mum. It was not an easy decision to make as I have always loved my work but with rising child care costs, extortionate travel costs and the stress of trying to work full time and look after a young family we knew we had to make some changes to our lifestyle. Without a doubt the decision to stay at home has been the right one but, and it is a big but, the financial implications have been hard. My children are happy and love having their Mum around and both are blissfully unaware of the constant budgeting, re budgeting, planning and worry that goes with being on a tight budget. It has been easy to cut out the restaurant meals, trips to the movies, overseas holidays and replace them with cheaper alternatives but what I really try hard not to compromise on is good, home cooked meals. I may not be able to use the best cuts of meat anymore or to try out all the new exotic fruit and veg that is now so readily available but if you look around, there are always cheaper alternatives which can often be just as tasty and are probably more local and in season. It was while I was going through my pile of recipe cuttings that I found this recipe for Sausage Stroganoff. I have no idea where it originates from but has probably been pulled out of one of my South African magazines from about 15 years ago. It is a much cheaper alternative to the original beef or pork stroganoffs. I buy good quality sausages which contain over 85% pork at a cost of £2.50 and can easily feed the four of us. It is simple, quick, cheap and tasty – definitely worth a try.
On Sunday nights my children get to choose what we eat for dinner and yesterday we had a unanimous show of hands for this sausage, leek and pasta bake. For some reason neither of them will eat onions, managing to find the smallest piece in any dish and leaving them dotted round the edge of their plates. Leeks on the other hand do not seem to bother them. Of course leeks have a much milder flavour than onions and tend to be a bit softer if cooked well. Leeks are also a good source of Vitamins A, C and K so I am more than happy that they eat them. I like to have a nice crisp, green salad with this meal to lighten it a bit but haven’t yet managed to get the kids to agree to that one.