Slow roasted pork shoulder ala Jamie Oliver
December 19, 2011 9 Comments
Hubby’s birthday falls on a very awkward date — the 31st of December. I say awkward because it is a case of extremes, either we had lots of visitors or none at all. In earlier years, we would have a full house as all of his friends would be in attendance especially when they were still single or married but without kids. When the kids started coming, the excuses of celebrating the old and new year as a family became the norm. We fully understand. We became less social as well when we had our daughter. Priority has changed though the friendships remain as strong as ever. Real friends understand without asking…
To celebrate hubby’s birthday last year, his parents came over which was great. Francesca was ecstatic to have her Opa and Oma around. I decided to also become more adventurous in the kitchen, testing out Jamie Oliver’s pork shoulder roast for the main course. His recipe called for a 2kg. bone-in-shoulder of pork but the butcher gave me a 3.5-kg pork shoulder so I just tweaked the cooking time and added a bit more of the vegetables. Here’s the link to Jamie’s recipe:
Because there were just four of us, there were plenty of leftovers which was perfect for the Philippine “lechon paksiw”, a stew from leftover roasted pork with liver sauce.
For starter, I made a salad from Dutch North Sea shrimps. The pork roast was served with some roast potatoes and red beets. Dessert was a very nice creme brulee. Not sure what I’ll be making this year for his birthday. A repeat of last year is not that bad considering that I only made this roast one other time at a request of a very good friend for her hubby’s birthday.