Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce

Pork

An aromatic, slightly piquant spice rub breathes new life into pork chops, but the sweet-sour cherry sauce is what makes this recipe a keeper.

The cherry sauce would be equally delicious served with lamb or duck. A bonus is that the sauce can be prepared while the chops cook, making for a quick weeknight meal.

The spice rub can be made ahead and stored at room temperature for up to 3 months. It’s also great rubbed on lamb or beef.

For the cherry sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh Bing cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/3 cup ruby port
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
For the pork chops:
  • 2 (1-inch-thick) bone-in pork loin chops
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

For the cherry sauce:

  1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the shallot and season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cherries, port, and vinegar and cook until the cherries begin to soften and the port has reduced by half, about 10 minutes. While the sauce reduces, start cooking the pork chops. When the sauce is finished, remove it from the heat and set it aside.

For the pork chops:

  1. Rinse the chops and pat them dry with paper towels. Place the salt, coriander, mustard, and pepper in a small bowl and mix until evenly combined. Rub all of the spice mixture all over the pork chops.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, oven-safe frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chops and cook, undisturbed, until the bottoms are golden brown, about 4 minutes.
  3. Flip the chops over and place the pan in the oven. Bake until the chops are golden brown on the second side and the temperature registers 145°F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of each chop, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Place the chops on warm plates and let them rest 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon the reserved sauce over top and serve.

Want dessert? Check out these yummy crunchies.

5 Ways To Tone Your Hips + Bum At Home

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
Knee Lift Leg Kick Combo

Lie on your right side with the upper body supported by the right elbow and tricep, which should be flat on the mat at your side. Stack the legs and hip, and bend the knees. Lift the top bent leg, keeping it level, and then lower it. Straighten both legs and let them fall into a small split position (with one leg split over the other). Hover the bottom leg about 1-2 inches from the floor with knees facing forward. Return to starting position to complete one rep.

Do 30-40 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
V Position

This V-Position is similar to a ballet plié.

Stand holding the back of a chair with one hand. Place your feet in a V position, toes should be about 4 inches apart and heels stay pressed together. Bend your knees and lift the heels a few inches off the floor. Then, lower your hips until you feel your quads intensely working. Pulse up and down.

10-15 pulses up and down completes 1 set; do 3 sets.

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
Hip Bridge

 

Lie on your back with knees bent and facing up. Plant your heels into the floor and lift the toes toward the shins. Raise the buttocks off the ground until your back forms a straight line from the knees to the shoulders. Hold for 1 second before lowering down.

Repeat for 15 reps.

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
Split Squat

This squat incorporates dumbbells and works to tone the thighs.

With a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand at your sides, stand with the left foot forward and right foot back in a wide stance. Bend both knees keeping the left knee over your ankle, while lowering the right knee nearly to the floor. Return to standing.

Do 8-10 reps on each side.

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
Chair Twist

Start by standing with feet together. Bend the knees and push the hips back, while making sure the knees stay behind the toes. Lower the thighs until they’re almost parallel with the floor and raise the arms forward and up. Then, rotate the torso to the right side and place the left elbow on the outside of the right knee. Hold for 3 breaths and return to the starting position.

Repeat on the left side to complete one rep; do 3 reps.

Want some tips for your legs? Check out this easy, quick article.

Quick Shake Savoury Tart

Quick Shake Savoury Tart
Food by Michaela Joan Cawood + Photography by Sarah Keogh
FILLING:

1 onion, chopped & fried

250g bacon, ham or viennas, chopped & fried

150 g mushrooms

250 ml grated Cheddar Cheese

EGG CUSTARD:

150 ml milk

2 eggs

30 ml flour

5 ml mustard

3 ml salt

2 ml pepper

2 ml Aromat

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a small pie dish.

Place ingredients for filling into pie dish. Sprinkle the grated cheese over.

Place all the custard ingredients into a Tupperware in the order in which they are written and shake well.

Pour over the filling and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes or until set. Serves 6.

Township Tours in South Africa

T O W N S H I P S

When I was recently up in Durban filming for the Tourism Indaba, I went on an organized media tour. It was incredible seeing townships I would never get to see. If you travel here, make sure you do an organized tour with a legit company. We spent the day touring Durban and surrounding townships where Nelson Mandela began his journey with the ANC. The particular township we went to also happened to be where Ghandi spent his years in South Africa. It’s called the Inanda Heritage Route. We ended off with a gorgeous beachfront party and buffet in true African style! Below is a list of companies who do township tours. It is an unforgettable and heart-warming experience. You won’t be sorry.

Townships of South Africa

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Knysna – Emzini Tours

Cape Town – Footsteps To Freedom

Cape Town – Vamos Township Tours

Cape Town – Nomvuyo’s Tours

Johannesburg – Imbizo Tours

Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Port Elizabeth – Gugus Township Tours

South African Townships

Carb-Free Drinks

Carb-Free Drinks!Hard alcohol contains no sugar or carbs. Even though it’s made from natural sugars, fruits, grains, sugarcane and berries, those sugars are converted to alcohol during the fermentation and distillation process. Stick with straight alcohol, though. Cocktails and mixed drinks will be full of sugary sodas and fruit juices. Hard alcohol does, however, contain calories, so anyone on a weight loss plan needs to be careful when it comes to alcohol intake.

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Vodka

Vodka is generally made from a grain base, such as rye, wheat or potatoes, and typically has an alcohol content from 35 to 50 percent by volume. Make sure to buy only straight vodka; flavored vodkas will often have sugar added.

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Rum

Rum is free from added sugar or carbs, is typically made from sugarcane or molasses, and comes in a variety of styles: white rum, amber rum, dark rum, spiced rum and aged rum. Typically, the darker the rum, the older it is. Rums can spend years aging in oak casks. Flavored rums can have sugar added, so make sure to stay away from them. The average rum has an alcohol content of 35 percent by volume.

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Gin

Gin is made from a grain base and flavored with juniper berries, and has a typical alcohol content of 35 percent by volume. It’s also usually made with citrus botanicals such as lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime peel. Straight gin has no sugar or carbs, but the mixers in popular drinks, such as a gin and tonic, do. Also make sure to avoid sloe gin, which has sugar added.

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Tequila
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Whiskey

Whiskey is made from a fermented grain mash, usually of barley, rye, wheat or corn. Depending on where it’s made or what it’s made from, whiskey can be found under different names. None have carbs or sugar added. Most whiskey has an alcohol content of about 40 percent by volume.

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Me in Stellenbosch South Africa! Wine also has very little carbs, as little as 2,8 g per glass.

5 Ways To Tone Your Legs At Home

Tone Your Legs at Home
Warrior III

Stand with the feet together, and lift up the left leg with a pointed toe, putting your body weight onto the standing, right leg. Continue to lift your leg and drop the head and torso so they form a straight horizontal line from head to toe with the arms at your sides. Engage your core and make sure the left thigh, hip, and toes are aligned. Remain facing down and keep your back as straight as possible. Ensure your right knee doesn’t lock and center the weight on the middle of the foot. Hold for 5 breaths and then slowly return to standing.

Switch legs and repeat.

How To Tone Your Legs at Home
Chair Squat

This is a perfect move for beginners, and we’re betting you’re sitting on the only equipment you need as you read this. Hint: If you have a chair (and your glutes), you’re good to go.

Begin standing with your back to a chair, feet hip-width apart. While keeping your weight centered on your heels, draw in your abs and hinge forward at the hips slowly lowering your butt toward the chair. Pause right before you would sit down and return to standing while keeping the core engaged.

Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

How To Tone Your Legs at Home
Pivoting Curtsy

Standing with feet hip-width apart, step your right foot diagonally behind you and into a 7 o’clock position. Bend both knees so you’re in a lunge stance. Lean your torso forward 30 degrees and pulse up and town 10-15 times. Straighten the body and pivot 180 degrees so your right foot comes to the front. Again, lower into a lunge.

Pulse up and down 10-15 times on each side to complete one set; do 3 sets.

How To Tone Your Legs at Home
Low Lunge Hover

This standing move works both the legs and butt.

Stand with feet hip-width apart before stepping your right foot back, and lowering into lunge stance with the left knee over the ankle. Bring your arms over your head and hinge forward from the waist. Lower the chest forward toward the thighs as your arms reach forward. Lift the right leg while straightening the left. Hold for 3 breaths before returning to the starting lunge position.

Do 3 reps; switch legs and repeat.

How To Tone Your Legs at Home
Leg Lift

This move targets the quads.

While you stand facing a chair, raise your right leg, knee facing up, foot flexed and place your heel on the seat. Make sure not to lock your standing knee as you lift your right foot off the chair and straighten it out until you feel your quadriceps engage. Keeping your lifted leg in the air, bend the leg on the floor slightly and then straighten it again.

Do 10-15 reps, then switch sides and repeat for 1 full set; do 3 sets.