Cornbread

Cornbread is a staple of Southern style cooking and is just generally yummy and can be eaten whenever you want! (That’s the rule in our house anyway!) This recipe is relatively simple and a great addition to any Southern style meal (like this Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork Roast!).

Why not try it the next time you make something saucy as it’s perfect for mopping up your plate after a meal.

Prep time – 20 mins, Cooking time – 30-40 mins, Serves 12

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Cornbread

1 ¾ cups Cornmeal*

¾ cup plain flour

4 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp bi carbonate of soda

1 tsp salt

¼ cup sugar

2 cups buttermilk

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

2 cups corn kernels (canned is fine, make sure it is drained)

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  1. Pre-heat your oven to 220 degree Celsius and place a heavy based cast iron pan inside to heat up.
  2. In a bowl mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, bi carb, salt and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the buttermilk, eggs, oil and corn kernels.
  4. Make a hole in the dry ingredients mix and gently pour in the wet ingredients and mix well. Your batter should be wet. Don’t worry!
  5. Take your cast iron pan out of the oven and pour in some oil/butter/bacon fat (all of these will work, you just need enough to coat the bottom of the pan). If you don’t have a cast iron pan a baking dish that has been well buttered will also work.
  6. Into your hot pan gently pour the batter, you should hear a sizzle as the batter starts cooking. Place immediately into the oven and cook for 30-40minutes or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.
  7. When cooked removed from oven and let sit for 10mins. Turn out onto a rack and allow to cool further.
  8. Enjoy with your favourite meal or just on its own, this cornbread will be super yummy either way!
  9. Enjoy!

~A

*If you can’t source cornmeal, polenta will also work, it’s basically the same thing, just not milled as finely as cornmeal.

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Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork Roast

My Hubby is obsessed with anything southern, slow cooked or smoked. I don’t blame him really, so am I!

Slow cooking is one of my favourite things to do. Most nights in our household are full of extra curricular activities, be that indoor soccer, agility training with Saki-pup or Japanese sword training, so there isn’t much time left to prepare a proper meal. That’s where the slow cooker comes in! Quick prep the morning of, or night before then chucked in the slow cooker to cook all day, and come home to the house smelling amazing with a delicious meal ready at our fingertips. Who wouldn’t like that!?

Prep time – 10 mins, Cooking time – 6 hrs, Serves 6

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This roast recipe is one my husband found while perusing the internet and insisted that we make it for a big family dinner this weekend. Coupled with corn bread, coleslaw and potato bake, this roast is just perfect.

The principle of this roast is really very simple, and you can change up your marinade and sauce as you see fit. So why not give it a go next time you don’t feel like slaving away in the kitchen. Let your slow cooker do the hard work for you!

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Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork Roast

2kg boneless pork loin roast

2/3 cup grated parmesan

½ cup honey

3tbs soy sauce

1tbs dried basil

1tbs dried oregano

3tbs chopped garlic

2tbs olive oil

½ tsp salt

2tbs corn flour

¼ cup chicken stock

1tsp sugar

  1. Turn slow cooker to high and place roast and any juices from roast into the slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl combine parmesan, honey, soy sauce, basil, oregano, garlic, oil and salt.
  3. Pour mixture over roast and cook on high for the first 2 hrs, reducing to low for the remaining 4 hours or as long as it takes for a meat thermometer to read 160 degrees.
  4. Once cooked remove the meat and set aside.
  5. Strain remaining juices from the slow cooker and place liquid into a small sauce pan over a low/medium heat.
  6. Mix the corn flour and chicken stock together (make sure there are no lumps).
  7. Add corn flour mixture to the slow cooker juices and simmer until thickened, stirring well. A teaspoon of sugar or more honey can be added if you feel the sauce needs to be sweeter.
  8. Pull roast apart with a fork into rough chunks and serve with glaze and your favourite sides.*
  9. Enjoy!

~A

*for a delicious side option why not try this delicious Cornbread recipe. It goes perfectly with this dish to soak up all those yummy juices!

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