You can read all about Nina Timm below, but one thing about her is her so aptly named website MyEasyCooking. I was writing about the Perdeberg Vineyard Selection Shiraz and she was talking about this fabulous dish on her regular Thursday morning show on RSG. They are a perfect match, lovely spicy pork belly with lovely spicy fruity Shiraz made by the talented Red Winemaker at Perdeberg, Riaan Muller.
serves 4 – 6
1 kg pork belly strips
salt and pepper
15-20 ml five spice powder
juice of 1 lemon
For the sauce
750 g dark red plums – stones removed and halved
100 ml sugar
a few pieces of lemon peel
2 star anise
thumb size piece ginger – grated
125 ml water
30 – 45 ml soy sauce
15 ml honey
juice of 1 lemon
Heat a big pan on the stove and add the olive oil Season the pork strips with salt, pepper and five spice and fry in the pan until cooked. If the pork strips is thick and on the tough side, add a little water to the pan and cover with the lid or cover with some foil and cook until soft. In the meantime, add the ingredients for the sauce in a separate pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat once it starts boiling and allow the sauce to cook for about 15 – 20 minutes or until it has a syrupy consistency. Pour into your blender or use the stick blender and make a purée. Now add the plum sauce to the cooked pork strips in the pan and let the magic happen. the pork strips will have this delicious red coating and as you cook it, it becomes sticky and tangy. Add the soy, lemon juice and honey and cook until the pork strips is glossy and sticky.
Serve on fragrant Jasmine Rice with some steamed baby bok choy on the side.
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Nina Timm has become a popular household name in South Africa and apart from her passion for cooking, her heart is with people. In 2012 she received the Blogger of the Year Award from Eat In Magazine and has not looked back since. She understands what her readers want. She and her family live an unpretentious lifestyle with love in abundance and a deep-rooted belief in God. With her warm and heartfelt nature she has become a loyal and trusted radio personality to RSG listeners, where she has a weekly show every Thursday Morning just after 9, featuring her own recipes and those of other South African Food Bloggers.
Visit Nina’s website – click here.