Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mother's Day Cooking Project

So it was decided that Nana would pick out a recipe from her favorite TV chef: Ina Garten and we'd cook it together.  She chose Loin of Pork with Fennel from Barefoot Contessa at Home.  We decided to have it with Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root and Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Lemon.  We also baked a Meyer Lemon Cake w/Cream Cheese Frosting.

We went shopping at the Natural in Forest Hills, which was so busy with Flowers for Mom's Day! We bought a 2 1/2 lb. Boneless Loin of Pork and I butterflied it, stuffed it with the fennel, onions, breadcrumb mixture and then retied the roast.  While it roasted we tackled the truly ugly celery root aka celeriac or celery knob.  (See the picture below) We also prepped the potatoes and green beans and made a gravy with onions, toasted and ground fennel seed, white wine and chicken broth, lightly thickened and reduced.

Celery Root:

The table for two:

The finished dinner plate:

The Meyer Lemon Cake:

And the plated slice:

It was a delicious meal and a great day cooking together!



nana said...

It was a wonderful day. It was fun cooking together with new foods (celery root). The cake was great. This was a recipe from scratch, no package!! Plus I got a new handbag as a gift from Chef Jim.

SallyBR said...

That was a HUGE celery root! WOW! Makes me wonder who was the first person to decide to eat that stuff :-)

Loved the whole menu, including the cake...