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The Honest Box Menu 1

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Since the success of my first pulled pork, I’m doing another twice the size this week with plenty of leftovers to play with. The Koala does not mind one bit!

This week we received a whole pumpkin from our F&V small box from The Honesty Box. Sharing a 2.4kg pumpkin between two means  it features heavily in this week’s menu. I’m not a fan of pumpkin but I know what I like and as long as it’s cooked with plenty of aromatic spices I’m good to go.

The pouch of herbs will be thrown willy nilly into soups and stews.

The Honesty Box Menu 1

Items in bold are from The Honesty Box.

  1. Orange pulled pork with smashed garlic, onion and bay leaves
  2. Pulled pork rolls with lettuce, red onion and sour cream
  3. Pulled Pork Tortillas (see notes below)
  4. Rice noodles with pulled pork and broccoli
  5. Spiced Pumpkin and kumara soup with smoked cheddar toasties
  6. Pumpkin and chickpea curry with garlic, onion and tomato paste. Served on rice with a dollop of sour cream
  7. Sirloin steak medium rare with stroganoff sauce, sauteed garlic broccoli green beans, and parmesan mash
  8. Rosemary slow roast beef with carrot, onion, kumara and garlic
  9. Bangers and mash with mustard slaw.
  10. Beetroot risotto with soft goats cheese
  11. French Toast with bacon and banana
  12. Banana Hakanoa mini cakes
  13. Fruit salad with Collective Dairy Russian Fudge Yoghurt

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Pulled Pork Tortillas with Crackling

This is a winter recipe based on the wintery ingredients we have on hand. As we there is no avocados or tomatos there is no guacamole or salsa, so I’ve omitted these but you can add them as you wish. Still, these taste pretty amazing and without tomatoes and avocado (which can be expensive) they’re cheap too.

I’m calling these tortillas because they’re neither small folded tacos nor large wrapped burritos, though I folded mine in half for eating. These tortillas are 25cm or 10 inches in diameter which is a great snack size or eat two (or three) for a meal.  The ingredients list has no measurements as it’s really up to you. These would be great for feeding a group where you set up the ingredients and encourage guests to assemble their own plates.

What sets this apart from any other tortilla I’ve eaten is the crackling. You may know crackling by other names such as pork scratchings or pork rind. It’s the sole reason why I always get roast pork over beef, chicken or lamb. Crackling in any kind of sandwich adds amazing flavour and texture. Just in case you were curious, this is not a health food blog. Check back tomorrow for my Slow Cooked Orange Pulled Pork recipe complete with crackling.

In the meantime, here’s the basic tortilla recipe:

Ingredient list 

  • Tortillas
  • Pulled pork
  • Crackling (pork scratchings, pork rind)
  • Cabbage, shredded
  • Carrot, grated
  • Red onion, sliced thinly
  • Coriander
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce

Preparation

  1. Warm tortillas on a hot skillet until just starting to brown in places. I like it when there are some dark spots but still pliable (not crunchy and breaky). Keep in a warmer while you cook the rest of the tortillas.
  2. Layer ingredients on top to your liking.
  3. Fold in half or wrap like burrito and stuff into your mouth. Enjoy!

Chef’s tip

If you are brave enough to put a bowl of crackling on a table in front of a group, you better set a piece or two aside for yourself. People have been known to throw manners and reasoning out the window where pork fat is concerned. Wars have been waged for less.

10 Comments

  1. I love love Tortillas! God it is so hard to sit right in front of the screen and looking at this picture! Bring on the tortillas please! 🙂

  2. Indeed they have! Pork without good crackling is like summer without swimming. It just doesn’t work without the other. I long for a good summer tomato too!

    • Alas the crackling is all been eaten up now. There wasn’t enough for it for the meat to crackling ratio. I wonder if it is improper to buy pig skin without buying pork? You know, for crackling emergencies. 🙂

      • If that’s possible, let me know. I’d happily buy sheets of pig skin just to roast it to crispy, fatty, crackling deliciousness!

  3. Oh man you are so right about the bowl of crackling hahaha. A build your own tortilla time sounds awesome when I get my friends over 😀

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