Home after two interstate trips. A 35 degree day. I wanted to go to the city for a few reasons, and one of them was the Adelaide Central Markets. I love going there and haven't been for months. You can't buy Asian ingredients in Mount Barker, so I was stocking up. That's my excuse anyway. A whole day could pass in that place and I wouldn't notice. I came home with lots of fresh veg and herbs, bottles of sauce and spice, and three kinds of pork!(loin, ribs, belly....)
Here's the kind of meal that i don't cook often but need to cook more - a tasty salad (yes, with meat... OK?)
The pork loin was baked and basted in (I'm guessing here because I just made it up) 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp kecap manis, 1 tbsp chinese caramel sauce (or use 1tbsp palm sugar or regular sugar), 2 tsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp minced ginger, 2 tsp minced chilli, 1/3 cup oyster sauce).
The salad was adapted from a Donna Hay recipe and consisted of vermicelli noodles, shaved carrot and white radish, watercress (I have never bought this before, but it was the start of this whole meal, since I came home with some..), coriander leaves, Thai basil, thinly sliced red onion and diced birds eye chillies, topped with sesame seeds.
Grace said that the combination of flavours was great, and wanted more. Yvonne thought Thai basil was too strong. Maddy ate it all apart from the things that she never eats, and that was a success for me.
On a 35+ degree day, welcome to the summer of healthier food...