Paging Homer Simpson!
Roasted Pork à la Boricua, (It's all in the Mojo, Baybay!)
with Chou-fleur Gratinée
Followed by Toasted Hazelnut Brownies.....mmmmmmmmmmm, Nutella!
While the recipe I linked to for the Mojo marinade is probably quite delicious, I made mine this way: And note the measurements:
Lemon juice, lime juice, anyway you can get them. Several good sploshes will do you.
Orange juice, about a half cup...more like two good glugs and a splosh.
Honey, from the squeeze bear, a couple of ppfffllttts, just until a nice sticky puddle forms in the middle of citrusville.
To which I add a half bottle of Tabasco sauce...the red kind.
One large serving spoon of recaito....a cilantro base that comes from Goya. Mah-bellous estoff!
Cumin, a table spoon, heaping
Paprika, a table spoon, heaping
Badia's Complete Seasoning, three modest shakes
Cracked pepper, as much as you want
Kosher salt, a good shake
Olive oil, drizzled in whilst whisking happily away.
When all is said and done, El Cervo should have his Mojo, and all will be happy in the Harmonious Oven, baybay. Turn the pork roast all around in the stuff and cook slow in a 300 degree oven forever, till its done....make sure to baste, because the more it cooks, the more sticky and sweet/hot it gets! When you see that there is a dark caramelization of the top of the roast, cover it and let it cook a bit longer.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, but them are some mighty fine eats, ma'am. Remove from the oven, leave it covered and crank the oven to 350. Don't even think of opening the lid.
Now for the cauliflower. Core it, chop it into florets, rinse it and toss it with a nice buttermilk ranch dressing and some seasoned croutons that have soaked in some milk for a half hour, and loads of cooked bits of bacon. Toss in a bag of shredded cheddar cheese. Pour all that goodness into a buttered casserole and bake for about 45 minutes, until browned and bubbly on top. Keep the oven at 350.
Serve either with rice, potatoes, or go easy on yourself, just make plain egg noodles and toss with butter. Usually, I would serve an arroz azafrán with black beans, but we did that last night, so we went international with the German egg noodles and Fwench chou-fleur.
Dessert is why people live to put themselves through the ringer all week long:
Take two boxes of good, fudge brownie mix, the kind that makes a square 8x8 pan, and double the ingredients, substituting melted butter for oil. Heat the jar of Nutella in the microwave for a few secs, and pour some of that love into the batter. Sprinkle chopped and toasted hazelnuts, about one cup, over the top of the batter. Bake in a 9x13 cake pan for about 27 minutes. After removing from the oven, drizzle Nutella over the nuts lightly. Or you can withhold the nuts till after baking. Spread out a thin layer of Nutella over the top of the warm brownies, add the hazelnuts, and voilà! Your week has meaning, at least until next Sunday. You can serve with ice cream, or do this: Take an instant flavored coffee mix, like International House of Coffees, and whip it into heavy whipping cream and serve it with your decadent brownie.
Moammar sez: "Employees should NOT eat this at their desks during the month of Ramadan...it ain't nice! We get offended, then we seethe, and then bad things happen."