And this is the moment that the quilting/crochet/gardening blog becomes a foodie blog too. Gawd. There is obviously no stopping me.
Porco Pizzaiola is a favourite dinner in Chez Quiltingmick - I've based it on Tessa Kiros' recipe from her "Twelve" book. It's perfect served with boiled potatoes tossed in sage and melted butter, with carrots and beans. And if veal wasn't so hideously expensive I'd be using that instead of pork.
First you flatten your pork or veal and cut into smaller pieces. Lightly pan fry, and layer in a dish (vintage pyrex makes it taste better - honestly!)
Bring two 440g cans of diced tomatoes (hey I'd use fresh tomatoes but at $5.99 a kilo for fresh or 99 cents a tin at the IGA, let's not call Michelle a fool) to the boil, turn down to a simmer, add basil, thyme, pepper and salt and simmer for 20 mins until the reduced sauce is sweet. Don't be tempted to add sugar. The sauce will get sweeter the longer you cook it.
Ladle the sauce over the pork until all pieces are covered. Then pop some thin slices of mozzarella cheese on the top and whack it in the oven (180 degrees celcius) for 15 or 20 minutes.
Yes, my kitchen is that yellow.
While that's cooking, do your vegies. Or get a store-bought salad and do a few rows of sock knitting in the time you've saved.