I just finished reading a book and would have wanted to start with one if I had another. Unfortunately, I didn’t pass by the nearest Indigo and BMV bookstores and missed the entire thought process of even reading something imaginable and to my liking. It’s a Saturday, and it’s extremely ‘unsettled’ outside (you’re not alone, Iska). Unsettled in this part of the world means that weather outside is cold, wet, and damp, and at some point during the day, can turn tropically mild (sun shining and smiling); all in a span of 24 hours. I keep myself indoors during this season. I’m done with my grocery for the next two weeks, and laundry has been pressed (by hand) and folded.
I’m stuck in my apartment watching news and reruns, and to a certain extent found myself cornered with really nothing more productive to do-crap. I can’t even train my Tai Chi as much as the mental and physical sectors of my brain and the somehow exhausted and bruised body of mine have been longing to have for months. I’ve trained a couple of times upon arrival, but I know my training has not hit the core yet. I need more serious, meditative training which I feel I might have lost during the trip (too much beer & fatty goodness). This sense of peace and quiet seldom occurs in a city that thrives on work or work related activities; a juggernaut of targets, goals, achievements and sometimes greed. This is an absolute abnormality (in my case) which is precedence to the winter coming. I haven’t really set my goals for the next year (except maybe for another set of travel journeys), but workwise, I’m still in a loophole and one way or another, something, at least, more meaningfully striking and significant (not just meaningful) will occur soon or remain static again for another couple of years. These interluding moments and thoughts which I have yearned for years is singing to me tunes within and probably I do need this; after all the turbulence that shook me in 2010 and 2011. I just have to go with the tide, go with the flow; hopefully some ‘Kuya Germs’ will take me under his wing for recording a memento of fact/fiction comedy (had too much of him in one Pinoy party, way too much it was severe).
Anyway, the kitchen has become my second recourse next to the television (I need my book!). So far, I’ve made some meals which totally struck me just the same. Pork has become my canvass of choice with the recent E-coli scare of beef products from a major supplier in the West. And, I won’t have Veal and vegetables until I make some meatballs maybe late next week and for the next set of meals thereafter. I missed those NZ lambs though, but I think I won’t have them again until the holidays. I’ve portioned huge pork cuts for each day I may be stuck in my apartment waiting for work to call, and bought some interesting offal which I’d like to try with a few other ingredients. However, for this particular blog, I won’t touch on those yet. I’ve entered the Adobo sanctuary again; very similar to Jet Li’s steadfast fist against Japanese warriors when he entered and pulverized them in their own Dojo (just amazing speed!). I’ve checked the meaning of Adobo, twice, and saw that it’s a mixture or combination of chilies, vinegar and herbs. This recipe is Lomo en Adobo, and by far, is comprised of those three major ingredients (of being an Adobo); whatever nationality that Adobo may wear.
I enjoyed making as much as eating this dish. I marinated the porkloin for three days (yes, three days) before grilling and roasting it to medium. It just came out perfect for table service presentations as done by many, and a variety of sauces can be matched with the pork. I used the drippings from the roast as the ‘Adobo’ sauce itself. Other sauces can be mixed and matched with this pork loin; accentuating what the meat or what the cook would have wanted to partake. Three days was already a very long-wait, and I already wanted a taste of this ‘Adobo.’
- Boneless Pork loin
- Olive Oil
- White Wine/Balsamic Vinegar
- Dried Oregano (used Mexican)
- Pimiento Picante
- Sea Salt
- Ground Black Pepper
- Garlic, minced
- Spanish onion, minced
Set the stovetop at low and allow the olive oil, garlic, onion and oregano to release all their flavours. Add the vinegar, pimiento picante, and cumin and stir slowly until the vinegary smell disappears. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside to cool.
Pour the marinade into a bowl together with the porkloin. Cover and leave it in the fridge overnight or longer. Remove the pork loin from the fridge and leave it at room temperature before grilling.
Season the grill or grill pan with oil and mark the porkloin with grill marks. Shove the entire porkloin in a 325’C pre-heated oven to desired doneness. Baste with the marinade every now and then. Tent and let it rest for five to ten minutes before slicing.
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