Life is full of surprises. Sometimes, no matter how pleasant the surprise, it can throw you into a panic. Like when people you’d love to spend time with suddenly call and announce that they will be arriving in a hour. For dinner. They’re bringing food but you know you have to prepare something too.
That was exactly what happened two nights ago. Speedy’s brother, Buddy, and his once and future bride, Laura, were coming over and I had about an hour to cook dinner. Good thing that there was country-style pork ribs in the fridge that were semi-frozen. They could be thrown directly into a very hot pan where they can thaw and brown with no problem.
So, into a very hot cast iron pan the pork went. After they were nicely browned, I poured in about half a cup of broth, lots of grated ginger, salt, pepper and sugar. Then, I zested a lime, a lemon and an orange. I squeezed the juices directly on the pork then sprinkled the zests on top. I let the pork braise and, some 45 minutes later, most of the liquid had evaporated and the pork had absorbed all the flavors. The meat smelled wonderful too.
I drizzled some honey to glaze the pork, sprinkled snipped scallions and my 3-citrus pork dish was ready to serve.
Meanwhile, Buddy prepared the gyoza that they had brought.
Drinks? No issue. Speedy made a pitcher of Cape Codder.
The Cape Codder, also known as the Cape Code, is made with only two ingredients — vodka and cranberry juice. Lime wedges or slices are added as garnish. There is no strict rule as to what the ration between the vodka and the cranberry juice should be so the Cape Codder can be a mild or a strong drink.
Not bad for an impromptu dinner party.