Friday, July 24, 2015

#1488 foodie Friday: kalua pig

Last Sunday I tried a new recipe for shredded pork called kalua pig. It is a Hawaiian recipe for pulled pork. I think traditionally kalua pig is a whole pig that is buried in the ground, covered with banana leaves and left to cook for many hours. I did not dig a hole in the ground, nor did I cover the portion of pig I had with banana leaves. It still tasted pretty good.

Here's how I did it:

I bought a pork butt roast (which is really the shoulder of the pig) and I put it in my crockpot. I seasoned the pork butt with some salt and pepper, cumin, onion powder and garlic powder. I added about a cup of water and let it roast on low heat for probably nine hours. I took it out of the crockpot and it was falling apart. The bone just slid right out. I  emptied the pot of the water, shredded the meat and returned it to the pot. I added about a teaspoon or so of liquid smoke and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt. I mixed it all up, gave it a taste and declared it delicious. We put it on buns and added a bit of BBQ sauce and had some tasty pulled pork sandwiches. We've also used it for quesadillas and salads this week. I think it will also be quite delightful to chop up a jalapeno, toss the pork in a little green salsa and top it with avocado for some wonderful tacos.

I haven't been cooking much this summer during the week. We scavenge; there's always something to eat but you have to be creative sometimes. This week I was especially lazy because T isn't here. Actually even when he is here he is not always home for dinner anyway.


Today is July 24. One of my favorite things about living in Utah is that we celebrate two holidays in July: Independence Day on July 4 and Pioneer Day on July 24. I think Pioneer Day is a celebration of the time that Brigham Young saw the Salt Lake Valley and declared, "This is the place." I would say that Pioneer Day is an even bigger event here than Independence Day. There is a giant parade downtown with floats from nearly every LDS stake in the valley (and I think there are about a jillion). People camp out overnight downtown to get a good viewing spot for the parade. I'm not really a parade watcher; I've actually never seen the Pioneer Day parade although it is televised. People have picnics and at night there are fireworks all over the place. I enjoy having an extra day off in July. I especially love it when the 24th is on a Friday or Monday like it is this year. Three day weekend!

There was a funny thing on my Facebook feed today from a local new channel. It seems like some non-LDS folks celebrate Pie & Beer Day on July 24. Bakeries and breweries from around the town offer up deals on pie and beer, I guess. Might have to venture out to give that a try next year! :)

I have been exceptionally lazy today. I did attempt to go to the gym this morning. There were three classes scheduled today and I was going to go to the first class which was spinning at 7am. At least I thought it was at 7. When I got there, I was told the class started at 8, so I came home and went back to bed. When I woke up again, I was hungry so MT and I had breakfast burritos. He went to work at the fixer upper and I gave myself a pedicure and watched a movie. (The Skeleton Twins - very dark and not very funny even though Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader were the stars.) By 5pm I had only walked about 3,800 steps according to my FitBit. Lazy, lazy, lazy. I finished a book (I'll write about it on the Reading Page tomorrow probably) and tonight MT and I watched another movie (We Bought A Zoo, one of MT's favorites.)

Now it's 11 and it's past time for bed.

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