Tuesday Review: Cookbook & Recipe


I stumble upon this cookbook while shopping at the Popular bookstore one day and found the  recipes in this cookbook interesting. Most of the recipes are simple dishes that could be whipped up in a jiffy. As a busy mom, I am always on the look out for the fast to cook, good to eat dishes so that I don’t have to spend a whole lot of time agonizing over what to cook and in the kitchen perspiring under the heat in the kitchen.

I tried the recipe on page 122 – Roasted Herbal Pork Ribs. Ingredients required were so minimal I didn’t even have to purchase anything extras except for the pork ribs. However, it did take a wee bit more time to get this dish done due to the duration of baking. Other than that the prep time is almost negligible.

Verdict of the recipe? Meat was tender and tasty though the white wine sauce was a tad sour. I would probably have to use a better white wine next time. I did make some adjustments to the original recipe to suit my family’s taste. So the recipe I’m sharing here is not entirely done according to the author’s recipe.

800gms Pork Ribs (preferably a rack of ribs)
1 tsp mixed herbs
2 tsp garlic powder
100ml white cooking wine (or you may choose a better grade white wine)
1 tbsp olive oil
salt & black pepper to taste

1) Wash and dry the ribs thoroughly
2) Rub olive oil all over the rack of ribs
3) Rub the salt & pepper, garlic powder and mixed herbs onto the rack of ribs, set it aside for 15mins
4) Preheat oven at 180C
5) Set baking time to 110mins
6) Place the ribs onto a baking dish and bake it for 30mins
7) Pull out the baking dish and pour in the white wine, continue to bake the ribs
8) Bake for 15mins, pull out the baking dish and spoon the white wine over the ribs, continue to bake the ribs

9) By the last 15-20mins of baking time, place a sheet of aluminium foil over the baking dish (this is to prevent the surface of the ribs from charring). Continue to bake to the full duration of the baking process.
10)Serve it with vegetables of your choice.

Brown sauce – heat 1 tbsp of butter on a pan, add 1 tsp corn flour stir it till well combine. Add the white wine sauce from the baking dish into the pan. Heat up the sauce till it bubbles. Drizzle it over the pork ribs.


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