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Put the trimmed loin chops between 2 large sheets of baking parchment. With the end of a rolling pin or other heavy instrument – I have a handy huge wooden spoon which is perfect for this task – bash the pork chops evenly all over. This makes them thinner, and helps to tenderise them.
Put 2 sage leaves on each bashed chop, and wrap as best you can, each chop in 2 slices of parma ham. Dust each with a teaspoon of sieved flour.
Melt the butter and heat the oil in a wide, non-stick saute pan, and when the butter is foaming and the oil very hot, fry the prepared chops for about 2 minutes on either side – the ham should be fairly crisp. Remove the cooked chops to a warmed dish covered with a couple of thicknesses of kitchen paper.
Meanwhile, add the brandy to the pan, let it flame – you may beed to ignite it with a lit match – then add the lemon juice, pepper and salt. Swirl the contents of the pan, and serve a spoonful of the pan juices on each chop.
Claire Macdonald is an award winning chef, cookery writer and hotelier. A passionate and early advocate of Scotland’s natural environment and organic food production, she is known for using the best of Scottish seasonal ingredients in her recipes.
We celebrate our Golden wedding in June this year. To some, being married for 50 years is almost unthinkable – 50 years with the same person! Well, for a start and I can only speak for myself, but the past 50 years have flown by. It feels so much less. I don’t feel as old as I am, and I am still waiting to feel grown up. And I am very firmly of the opinion that there are two vital ingredients to help a marriage through the inevitable ups and downs. These ingredients, completely essential, are laughter and food. It’s impossible to know which is the most important, but possibly food has the very slight edge on humour!
We all need to eat to remain alive. It’s as basic as that. But it’s what we eat and how we eat that really makes the difference to how we feel, how we behave, and which helps a marriage, a family, get the most out of life.
In our marriage, how we eat as well as well as what we cook is very important – Sharing a meal together around a table is a priority whereas sitting with a tray watching the TV will hinder good communication! It means that we are not only eating but talking. I feel so strongly that lack of communication between a husband and wife is the reason for a marriage to falter. Food is the natural conduit to communication!
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