I created this dish to higlight and support the incredible nutty, almost buttery taste of the iberico pork chop. I chose to go without a sauce because i didn’t want to overpower the pork aroma. I made a simple fennel salad with oranges to cut through the fattiness of the pork chop. Adding the onion & garlic oil instead of a sauce might seem a little strange, but it really brings together the whole dish.
This project started over 15 weeks ago when I ordered 2 fresh pig cheeks from my trusted local butcher. I salted them, added sugar and spices and put everything in vaccuum bags. I stored them in my fridge for 3 weeks then let them soak in water for 1 hour. Afterwards I hanged them in my cellar.
Spending the last warm days of Summer in the forrest always feels magical. The first trees start to turn yellow and orange, there are mushrooms growing everywhere, you’ll see the last berries ripen on the bushes, you’ll find nuts and wild herbs growning everywhere. I think it’s the best time of the year for a chef, because there is an abundance of amazing ingredients. The products of late summer are on their peak of ripeness, the first fall products start to appear on the market. It’s the season of game and venison. And it is the start of truffle season.
Yesterday I went for a short walk with my mother and sister. I didn’t really plan to take photos or write about it, but luckily I had, as always, my camera with me. When I walked past three scottish highland cows I started taking a few pictures and was really happy when they turned out way better than I expected. I decided to upload them and hope you like them too.