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Other people’s recipes: Diana Henry’s Baked Pork Chops with Pears, Potatoes and Onions


Photo: Baked pork chops with pears

Photo: Baked pork chops with pears

We had two rather thin pork chops earmarked for supper last night. I thought that they might be good baked with pears so drifted onto the internet for inspiration and found this recipe from Diana Henry. I like her recipes and my copy of  Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africais a well thumbed tome.

Her recipe was just what I wanted – throw everything into a roasting pan for about an hour. I didn’t have Roquefort cheese, substituted a teaspoon of dried fennel for the thyme and sprinkled the potatoes with garlic granules. 

I also baked some celery, a sliced green pepper and some sliced tomatoes in a covered dish with a walnut sized knob of butter and a little white wine. These were very tasty and after 40 minutes still had bite and were packed with flavour to balance the rich flavours of Diana’s dish.

So thank you Diana Henry your recipe transformed two rather tired pork chops into a feast.

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