When we subscribed for SCV/Starhub TV (aka cable tv), the channels that I watched most are the cooking channels, especially Jamie Oliver and Nigella's cooking shows. I love Jamie Oliver's style of cooking - always so spontaneous and energetic! On the other hand, Nigella's style of cooking is more laid-back, but she's always capable of using simple ingredients and effortlessly turn them into gourmet dishes.
We've already had Jamie Oliver as the theme for Cook Like A Star in July 2012 (oh my how time flies!) and I'm so excited when this month's theme is Nigella! I've already seen so many people participating in this month's theme - it just shows how popular Nigella and her fuss-free recipes are! As I have a lot of dessert recipes going on this month, I chose some of her savoury recipes to try out. This pork ribs recipe is ridiculously easy - just throw the ingredients together, marinate overnight, then just bake away in the oven for 1 ½ hours and you're ready to serve!
While the ribs are baking, I threw in some potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and beans - basically all the vegetables I can find in the pantry - on the side to get some nice roasted vegetables. I used so much vegetables that the meat looked pretty pathetic next to the huge pile of vegetables... haha!
Even though maple syrup was used, the maple taste wasn't very noticeable, just a light hint of sweetness. X felt that the meat could be softer and it would have been better if there were some sauce left. Will probably double the marinade next time so I'd have some sauce! Overall I love how fuss-free it is and will definitely make it again for a lazy weekend meal.
|1) Rinse the ribs and place in a ziploc bag.||2) Add in lemon juice.|
|3) Followed by soy suace.||4) And maple syrup.|
|5) Drop in cinnamon stick, garlic cloves and star anise.||6) Marinate overnight and then bake away!|
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- 4 pork spare ribs (about 500 grams total)
- 60 ml lemon juice (¼ cup)
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
- The Night Before: Rinse the pork ribs and pat dry with paper towel. Place the pork ribs in a large Ziploc bag. Add in the rest of the ingredients - lemon juice, maple syrup, soy sauce, star anise, cinnamon stick and garlic. Mix the ingredients together, then seal the bag. Place it in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.
- On the Day: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Tip all the contents - meat and marinade - into a roasting tin that fits the ribs snugly. Bake for 1½ hours, basting the meat frequently and turning them once (or more if needed) halfway during baking until the meat is soft and golden-brown in colour. Serve immediately with some roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes.
Super Naggy: We found that after baking, there is not much sauce left, so we will double it the next time we make this dish. If you are not a sauce lover, the proportions below should be sufficient for you. If not, do double it! If you are not a fan of pork, you can use chicken instead - or follow the original recipe, a combination of both!