Thursday, August 13, 2009

An Obsession: Cookware

I'll never forget the day I came home from a shopping excursion excited to show my mother my new purchase. I must have been 18, and I would imagine most young women would probably be very excited about an article of clothing or some new music. I opened my bag to reveal a shiney new sauce pan, Lagostina on sale at the Bay. My mother's reaction was "Oh No, You too?' Apparently I come from a long line of women who love their pots and pans.
I recently decided to lose the T-fal and started looking for the perfect stainless steel fry pan, You can imagine my excitement when The Bay was having their annual 70% off sale and I found the Gordon Ramsay Royal Doulton cookware waiting to be aquired by me.
My food never tasted so good!

Amazing heat distribution and faster cook times.


And here is a fabulous little recipe from Gordon Ramsay

Baked Pork Chops with Piquante Sauce

Ingredients for pork chops:
4 pork chops, about 9oz each
a little olive oil
few thyme sprigs
few rosemary sprigs (leaves only)
1/2 head of garlic separated into cloves (unpeeled)
sea salt and black pepper
Ingredients for Sauce:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion (peeled and minced)
1 red bell pepper (seeded and minced)
1 red chili (seeded and minced)
7oz cremini mushrooms (trimmed and finely sliced)
14oz can chopped tomatoes
sea salt and black pepper
1 tsp sugar

Heat your oven to 400 F. Place the pork chops in a large, lightly oiled baking dish and scatter the thyme sprigs, rosemary leaves, garlic cloves, and salt over the top. Drizzle with a little olive oil and bake for 20 minutes or until pork chops are cooked through. Make the sauce while your waiting.
Heat the olive oil in a wide pan and add the onion, red bell pepper, chile, and mushrooms. Stir over high heat for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften. Tip in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and add the sugar and a splash of water. Simmer for 10-12 minutes until the onions are tender and the tomato sauce has thickened. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Putting it all together:
Take the pork chops out of the oven and let rest in a warm place for 5 minutes. Pour any pan juices into the sauce and reheat. Ladle a generous amount of sauce over the chops to serve.
Done and done! Under 30 minutes? Only if you’re fast.

Recipe taken from this great site, Gordon Ramsay's Recipes

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