I searched my books for another recipe to do justice to the beautiful pork and I came across another one from The French Kitchen by Joanne Harris and Fran Warde. This recipe appealed because I am big on serving fruit as part of a main meal. Apples go with pork and I imagined the acidity of the blackcurrants would be a perfect foil for the meat.
The first issue we had was: where do you buy blackcurrants in Perth? None of the supermarkets sell them nor any of the gourmet shops out our way. Eventually, we found Maison Felix, an on-line French delicatessen that delivers within the Perth metro area. Luke sells all things French … and frozen Chinese blackcurrants imported by a NSW company:) I know, that is a lot of food miles. Do we grow blackcurrants in Australia? The blackcurrant jam we bought was made from ‘imported ingredients’, so maybe not. As we were concerned about the disproportionate cost of having a bag of frozen blackcurrants delivered to our door, Maus picked them up.
We were now set for our fine meal. We invited Regina over to thank her for the pork.
The recipe was very nice except the blackcurrants were very tart, tarter than I imagined they would be. The recipe calls for 1 tsp of blackcurrant jam and 2 tsp of sugar. Even though I tasted the sauce and realised it was tart, I didn’t add more sugar because I thought the pork would mellow the tartness. If I made this recipe again, I would increase the amount of jam and/or sugar.
- 400g blackcurrants (fresh or frozen)
- 50mls water
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp blackcurrant jam
(Taste the sauce. As mentioned above, you may wish to increase the amount of jam and/or sugar. You don’t want it too sweet but it was a little too tart for me.)
- 50g butter
- 2 pork fillets
- olive oil
- salt and coarsely ground black pepper
- 20g butter, extra
- Apples, peeled and cut into wedges – I would cook 2 small or 1 large apple per person
- Put the blackcurrants, water and sugar in a small saucepan and gently bring to the boil.
- Remove from the heat and let cool a little.
- Strain the fruit. Set aside the strained fruit and the juice.
- Heat some olive oil in a pan and fry the pork until golden all over.
- Season with the salt and pepper, lower the heat, cover and cook until cooked through (15 minutes or so). Set aside and keep warm.
- While the pork is cooking, heat the extra butter in another pan and fry the apples until golden brown. Sprinkle a pinch or two of cinnamon on top.
- Add the blackcurrant juice and jam to the pan the pork was cooked in. Bring to the boil.
- Add the 50g of butter to the pan. Whisk until the sauce is nice and glossy.
- Add the blackcurrants.
- Serve the pork on the apple pieces, topped with the blackcurrant sauce.