Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Collop Monday, A Nice Pork Chop with Capers - Monday Feb 20th 2012

Did you know it was Collop Monday the day before Pancake Day?  It was the day before the day before the start of Lent, when you ate up all your last bits of meat, a collop being a slice of meat.  Then the next day, on Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday),  you ate up your last eggs and butter and then went and had all your sins forgiven (the shriving of Shrove Tuesday), and then for 40 days you ate vegetables and gruel....

Well, if I were a mediaeval peasant the most likely meat I would have had to eat up would have been the last bits of my family pig. So to keep in the spirit of the day, pork chops were decided on. With capers, green peppercorns and a drop of grapefruit vinegar to bring it into the 21st century.

Pork chop with capers, green peppercorns and grapefruit vinegar, with Apache potatoes and brussels sprouts.

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