Popping Home Pimentón Pork Pot

Yes, I mentioned the “H” word. Home! Big Man and I arrived back Up our beloved Mountain in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Only for a week mind you. This weekend is our village fiesta, and it was time to touch base with family and friends and to pick up some warmer clothes for the English autumn weather.

Our last night in very rainy Bexhill was spent pulling staples out of floorboards, hammering in nails and preparing the floor downstairs in House Number One to be sanded and varnished in our absence. Well, it was easier than trying to varnish around two excited pups (who are staying with my parents this week and creating havoc in their home). We had also spent time at House Number Two knocking down an outside loo, dealing with most of the kitchen ceiling falling in and leaving things ready for the plasterer to do his stuff while we are in Spain. Hectic times.

Before the ceiling fell in…

To get us in the mood for being home again I cooked a delicious one pot (what else) pork dish, reminiscent of Spain with the flavours of smoky pimentón, olives and peppers. I made sure to make double so that when we get back, tired and hungry (as we inevitably are after a day of travelling) we´ll have dinner sorted.

Ingredients (to serve 4)

  • 500g of cubed pork shoulder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of smoked pimentón/paprika
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 fat cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Approx 150g olives (I used anchovy stuffed olives) sliced or halved
  • 1 ½ cups of your favourite or home made tomato sauce (yes, I made it!)
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato purée
  • A glass of red wine (optional, but of course I added!)
  • Water
  • Olive oil for shallow frying
  • Salt and pepper

Start by frying the pork until browned and remove from the pan. Then add the onions, garlic and pepper and cook gently until softened. Add the pork back into the pan and sprinkle over the pimentón. Now stir in the olives, the tomato sauce, the purée and the wine and season lightly. Bring to a simmer, cover (or half cover) with a lid and cook gently for about 45 minutes while you continue to pull staples out of floorboards (the stapling bit is optional).

If it starts to dry out too much, add a little water, depending on how saucy you like your dish.

When the sauce is rich and thick, and the pork tender and delicious, taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Serve with rice or boiled potatoes or simply crusty bread. Pour yourself a glass of wine from that bottle you opened, pull the staple out that has embedded itself in your knee and relax.

And what did we do with our first day back? Take it easy? Heck no!

We dealt with the last tomatoes in our Huerto.

We met up with a cousin of Big Man´s to pick plums.

Then we went to a wine tasting last night.

Today we planned to attack our very overgrown garden and enjoy some sunshine, but it´s not to be. The weather here is as cold and rainy as Bexhill on Sea.

Time to dig out the winter woolies I think.

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60 thoughts on “Popping Home Pimentón Pork Pot

  1. That pork dish looks lovely – I think I will try it this weekend. Sorry that the weather at ‘home’ isn’t good. The sun is out here in Bewdley so I am making the most of it – cooking and sewing can wait! (Magazines posted to Bexhill on Monday – hope you enjoy them)

    1. I never thought to check the weather in Spain before we left so I was totally expecting sunshine! Oh well, it´s lovely to be home for a while. Enjoy the sunshine and I am looking forward to checking the mail in Bexhill 🙂

  2. I know it is good to get home…we just arrived back home as well. You certainly didn’t let any grass grow under your feet on your first day home. Your meal sounds wonderful. I like the idea of the anchovy stuffed olives but I think I’ll leave out the option of pulling out staples. LOL.

  3. That was some farewell/welcome back dinner you prepared there, Tanya, and perfect for the damp weather you’ve been experiencing. Personally, I might have served it over polenta but that’s just me. 😉
    You guys have been working so hard. Just look at how much you’ve accomplished! Great idea having the floors varnished while you’re away. That is such a mess and the fumes can be headache-inducing. Having them done will make a nice surprise when you return. Enjoy your week home!

    1. Funny you should mention polenta – on my last day I saw some quick polenta in the supermarket which I bought (can´t get it in Spain, at least have never seen it) and planned this for our return! AM looking forward to seeing the floors when we get back – it will mean that House Number One is nearly finished…yay!

  4. Wow, don;t you every sit still? you are flat out darling.. love the pork and yes I like it saucy! exciting to be at the plasterer stage, you won;t know the place when you go back or should i say places! c

    1. Well, we´re trying to but things just need to be done/seen! The house will look so much better once the plasterer has done his tuff and at least we have learned from House Number One that it had to get worse before it gets better 🙂 PS. I love it saucy too!

  5. What amazing things Google Earth and Maps are! Any would be stalkers out there can find you in an instant! I now know where Bexhill “is” in the scheme of things. What a lovely little seaside place you have to live in while you are doing up your home. I bet it was amazing to get home. A change is SO much better than a holiday because you expect more from a holiday and are often left deflated and melancholic at your return home but a change…A CHANGE is unexpected or necessary and returning home is triumphant! What a triumphant dish to serve on your arrival home! The best thing about autumn is that the plants start to slow down…and winter…they stop! Hallelulia! Now worrying about gardening because the garden certainly isn’t worrying about itself, its fast asleep! It looks like you are having a magnificent time back home and it should keep you in good stead when you are up to your armpits in rising damp and bent nails in the comming season. Keep up the good work or to quote the most ancient stellar Mr Grace “You have all done very well”… 🙂

    1. Ah, if a stalker turned up and got past the wild rabid pups and me with my staple gun, I guess I´d just have to hand them a paintbrush and ask them to join in! All going well at home apart from the torrential rain – we wanted to cut back the garden and “put it to bed” for the winter. Good old Mr Grace (and his buxom nurse)!

      1. Looks like the garden might have to go wild for winter. The good thing about gardens is that they tend to know what they are doing and even after 20 years (like ours) of sweet sod all…once you start to clean them out and prune them back and give them a bit of sun they reward you exponentially. Your garden is lovely by the way. In summer can we have lots of garden shots? Its a fantastic way for we gardeners to get a good taste of Spanish life :). I will send my 2 amstaffs over and NO-ONE will set foot on your property (without being thoroughly licked to death ;))

  6. Gosh, Tanya. The more pictures I see of your renovations, the more I’m impressed at the amount of work you’ve taken on. You certainly need that comfort food to sustain you. One thing about renovation though, it does eventually come to an end, then you can lie back and really enjoy the food and wine. 🙂
    It’s cold here in NZ too – so winter fare is still on the menu – and I love pork.

    1. Hi Diane. Sometimes I worry that we have taken on too much, but we´re actually enjoying it, losing some weight (which is good), and working together. Shame it´s still cold in NZ – it should be warming up soon though I think? It´s cold and very wet here in Spain this week for our visit home 😦

  7. Wow, is that the view from your place, in the last photo? What a view!! Love the look of those plums too – how wonderful. Got any plans for them?

    The pork pot looks great too – lovely and saucy – I bet it’s great eaten out of a big bowl with a spoon and a good chunk of bread, while watching a good movie, listening to the rain lashing down outside 🙂

    1. You must have been watching us while we ate the pork! Yes, the mountains are behind the house (well, in front actually) so that´s our view. All very beautiful, even when shrouded in rain and mist! Hope all is going well with the little one 🙂

    1. Well, we had expected a week of sunbathing “a la English Tourist” but it was not to be – can´t even work on the garden/veggie patch but are making up for it in fiesta-ing! Enjoying our time here, but also looking forward to getting back to work. How worrying is that?!

  8. Even a brief visit is so much better than none! We’ve pulled out the woolies here and by noon we begin to sweat in the mid-day heat, lol! I love those plums!! Wow, they’re massive!! This is a lovely, hearty dish.. smoked paprika is one of my favorite spices:D

  9. Playing catch up with my blog reading…by now I suspect your back in England and the sun is shining on you. Which even if it’s a little cooler is a bonus in my view. But you still need delicious hearty stews to warm you up after a hard days work. I suspect you’re having fun with it too.

      1. Autumn is without doubt my happiest time of the year. I love the colours and when it’s not raining (which lets face it isn’t enough of the year) it’s just perfect.

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