tonight’s food it’s what’s for dinner

I sent some to Rodgie because he shared with me his rib rub recipe like 10 times because I kept losing it…and well, rub and Rodgie go together like pork LOIN, spice RUB and cocao NIBS.
He hasn’t let me know if he’s tried it yet so you’ll just have to trust me.
I think it might be good with chicken too ( thinking like Mexican mole’ sauce )…

Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa-Nib Crust

2 tbs cocoa nibs (available at health food shops)
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp sea salt
1 tbs dried thyme
700g pork tenderloin
1 tbs vegetable oil

1) Preheat oven to 230ºC. In a spice grinder or with mortar and pestle, grind nibs until broken into small bits. Mix with remaining ingredients except pork and oil.

2) Trim off pork’s slivery skin; rinse and pat dry. Lightly coat all sides with oil. Rub with generous amount of the cocoa spice rub.

3) In an ovenproof frypan, heat 1 tbs oil over med-high heat. Add pork and sear until golden brown on all sides, about 8 mins. Transfer frypan to oven and roast pork until a thermometer registers 63ºC in the thickest part of meat, about 15 minutes. Rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving with mango salsa (optional).

Emmer with beef bullion, red wine, mushrooms, leeks and garlic
steamed turnip

Photos to follow…

…and chard sauteed with garlic…


  1. apotheosis
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm |


    8oz (2 sticks) butter, plus extra for greasing (the pan, you pervs)
    1¾ cup sugar
    pinch of salt
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    2¾ cup plain flour
    ½ tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    8oz white chocolate, chopped into small chunks
    4 tbsp dried cranberries

    Preheat oven to 350°C. Lightly butter a 9×9 square cake tin and line with greaseproof paper. Melt the butter in a saucepan and whisk in the sugar and salt. (A good whisk now will make the mixture slightly lighter and fluffier.) Add the vanilla extract and whisk again. Remove from the heat.

    Add the eggs to the butter mixture and stir well. Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder into a large bowl, then whisk in the egg and butter mixture a little at a time. It’s important to do this in stages so that you don’t get any lumps.

    Leave the mixture to cool slightly, then fold in the white chocolate chunks and the cranberries. (If the mixture is too hot, the chocolate will melt.) Spoon into the prepared cake tin and spread out evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the outer edges are firm and the middle still a little soft.

    Leave to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes, then cut into squares before serving. Store in an airtight container.

    White chocolate is good for your heart and cranberries are good for your kidneys and butter is good for your digestive system. THIS IS HEALTH FOOD.

  2. apotheosis
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm |

    Also I would make your recipe but if I tried to feed the finicky buttholes in my family cocoa nibs on a pig they’d all turn up their noses and eat pizza rolls instead.


  3. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm |

    ^ well they lose and so do you. Unless you don’t TELL them………..

  4. mech
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm |

    Knocks out my can ‘o soup nuked in the pyrex measuring cup.

    The kittehs just refuse to cook for me. I suppose if they were outdoor cats they might bring me a lizard or bird, but it would be rare, not well done as I like it.

    Do you have leftovers to e-mail or fax?

    Wait, I have no fax, ma’am.

  5. Veranda
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 5:54 am |

    Something to finally get me into a health food store, cocoa nibs.

  6. Freddie Sykes
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 7:01 am |

    I used to speak grams and Celsius in chemistry lab but in my kitchen, I cook American.

    Look what you did to apotheosis: “Preheat oven to 350°C.”

  7. mojo
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 8:53 am |

    What, no Madelaines?

  8. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 12:19 am |

    Izzat a blackened baby calf on the plate; cajun-style?

  9. Posted November 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm |

    Over the years, I have determined that the best political blogs are also the best FOOD blogs!

    PORK! It’s “what’s for dinner” in MY house whenever we can catch one of the neighbor’s pigs!