Roasted Pork Shoulder with Peas

IMG_6528.jpgAs most Cypriots, I grew up on vegetables in tomato sauce. Green beans, peas, taro root, potatoes, beans turned into rich casseroles with sweet tomato sauce, herbs and and olive oil. Sometimes these vegetables are cooked with pork. The pork slowly braises in the tomato sauce, becoming meltingly soft and delicious. My inspiration for this dish was one of these traditional dishes, “Bizelia me kreas” as my grandmother would say, which is translated to “Peas with Meat”. Continue reading

Spare ribs with whiskey barbecue sauce

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I can’t imagine a bbq without spare ribs. Maybe I watched too many Clint Eastwood movies as a child, but I always wanted to make a whiskey (or burbon) based bbq sauce. I used it in combination with orange marmelade and it works so well. I always cook the ribs a couple of hours in the oven, covered, and then I throw them on the grill, basting with the sauce. They always come out melt-in-the-mouth, drop-off-the-bone delicious. Continue reading