Dinner Idea: pork sirloin in gravy with millet groats and peas

Some days, I sit down at home, after work, and my mind goes blank- what should I make for dinner? Then I have no idea. So I'm putting up the project with dinner ideas to keep track. These recipes take a bit more time to make, but are generally worth it and are great leftovers for the next day.

So look into your freezer- you might find peas, or carrots, or both. Or green beans, who knows?
Point is, cook them tender with butter and a bit of olive oil and some Vegeta or sea salt. And keep them warm, tucked in some newspaper and dishclothes. Same goes with the groats- you can make them ahead of time, tuck the pot in paper and clothes, and the oldschool method was to keep it under the duvet until you came home from work- and them it was still warm and perfect. And if you don't feel comfortable with groats, make rice.

Type of dish: main
Cost: medium
Difficulty: easy
Time: 1h
Prep time: 20min
Cooking time: 40 min

You'll need:
 a cutting board, sharp knife, large frying pan with lid, a saucepan with lid, a medium small saucepan with lid, spatula, tongs, a small bowl, plate

  • 1-2 pork sirloins, clean and sliced in 4-5mm slices, crosswise ( you'll have a lot of this)
  • 1-2 medium onions or shallots, sliced thinly
  • Optional: 3-4 mushrooms, thinly sliced, for a bit of taste
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • olive oil
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • bay leaf
  • 3-4 juniper berries ( dried)
  • fresh thyme, few sprigs
  • 100gr dried groats 
  • fresh or frozen peas, or carrots, or both
  • knob of butter
  • 1/2 tsp vegeta
Clean the groats- wash them a few times in cold water in the saucepan until the water isn't cloudy. Then drain and pour in 1 1/2 cups of water and cook according to package directions. Add a pinch of salt for flavour.
 Place the meat in the bowl, salt and pepper, then sift with 1 tbsp of flour. Mix well. Heat up the frying pan on high heat and pour in some olive oil. Start frying the meat in batches, till golden brown, transfer done meat to plate aside. When the meat is cooked, , turn down the heat, add butter add garlic and onions to the pan, fry for a bit until translucent, add 1/2 spoon of flour and mix for 30 seconds. Add the water, beef stock, juniper, thyme, bay leaf and the cooked pork. Stir a bit, and cover. Turn heat down to low and check every 3-4 min to stir.
In the small pan, pour in 1/2 cup water, the kob of butter, a drop of olive oil and some Vegeta seasoning. Add the frozen or fresh vegetables and cook 15 min, until tender.
When the sauce and meat thicken, the peas and groats are cooked, serve!

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