Monday, January 27, 2014

Homemade Winter with The Novel Bakers


Welcome to a presentation by The Novel Bakers:
Home Made Winter
by Yvette Van Boven.
 
This week, The Novel Bakers are focusing on winter food.
 
Home Made Winter is the quintessential winter cookbook, complete with drawings, photography,
and step-by-step instructions. The author, Yvette VanBoven, is all about food. In addition to writing and illustrating cookbooks, she owns a restaurant, operates a catering business, and is an amazing food stylist.
She introduces the recipes, then weaves memories of her Irish childhood with a  modern sensibility and a dash of humor.
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Home Made Winter opens with lyrics from an Irish folk song:
 
I'm a rambler
I'm a gambler
I'm a long way from home
and if  you don't like me
Well, leave me alone.
I eat when I'm hungry
I drink when I'm dry
And the moonshine don't kill me
I'll live 'till I die.
 

 
If you live in a cold part of the world, winter cooking is probably on your mind. Plunging temperatures always make me think of hearty (and heart-warming) meals. As I leafed
through the book, I kept going back to one recipe: Pulled Pork.

Unfortunately, it meant cooking outdoors in a smoker.
 
Bandwidth, my youngest son, considers himself to be an honorary Novel Baker, so he volunteered to smoke a pork shoulder. He just happened to have a brand new smoker--and a remote controlled thermometer--Christmas presents from our foodie relatives.
 
Smoking is one of those all day events, and it requires babying. While you want the pork to acquire a bark (see below), you certainly don't want it to become too barky or worse, to dry out.
 
The remote device allowed Bandy to check the cooking temps without making hundreds of trips outside. A quick note: He says it's important to not "prick" the meat or the wonderful juices will leak, and your pork will turn into shoe leather.
 


 
 
This is what the author has to say about her recipe:
"This ridiculously delicious meal takes time, but no effort."
 
It takes 5 hours to smoke a 3 1/4 pound pork shoulder.
 
While the meat smokes, Van Boven suggests that the cook
"Do Something Else . . . la di da."
 
We started with lots of wood chips, a homemade rub, and the pork.
Many hours later, the pork was ready, with the aforementioned deep, lovely "bark."
After cooking, be sure to let the meat rest. If you carve or shred too soon, the roast will
lose moisture.
 
The bark will take on deeper meaning when you finally "pull" the pork--I shredded it by using two forks. As you work, the dark bits will be mixed in with the meat. Heavenly.





 
Here's Van Boven's rub recipe:
"Mix 2 tablespoons of paprika, chile flakes, brown sugar, and a little less salt."
 
We didn't add sauce, but the smoked pork didn't need it. We piled it
onto thick buns. The book has a recipe for "Miraculous Rolls," along
with Sauerkraut Salad with Hazlenuts, Fried Parsnips,
and White Beans in Tomato Sauce.
 



This was a delightful start to Home Made Winter Week. I don't know
about Bandwidth, but I certainly enjoyed the pulled pork.
 
Note: The scheduled post didn't post today, and I didn't check the blog until
just now. I have been up all night with a sick Yorkie and on my way to the vet.
 
For more wintry food and cheer, be sure to visit the Novel Bakers:
Jain at a quiet life
 
*Who are The Novel Bakers? Jain, Mary, Pam, and me. Friends and bloggers
who love books and cooking. Our past projects have been collected in group Pinterest Boards. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for The Novel Bakers.
 
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8 comments:

  1. That looks wonderful. I love pulled pork. I'm sorry to hear your little Yorkie is not doing well. I hope the vet can solve the problem.

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  2. i know pulled pork is not on your mind today, and i have my fingers and toes crossed all will be well for zap soon, but as long as bandy has gone to the trouble, and the pics are so enticing, let me just say i am sure this was a much happier day when photographed. so let it not all be in vain, while i tell you how mouthwatering this looks! as a cal gal i had never even heard of pulled pork until i ventured into the culinary world online several years ago. i still have never made it, but did buy the prefab box from costco, i thought that was quite an adventure!

    your floral touches with the hearty meal makings are a wonderful touch, in fact, i wish i had a big platter of this, verses all the juice we have been enjoying! i truly loved these cookbooks, they were artistic and fun, my very favorite pic in the book is the shot of her for the desserts chapter, not your typical i glam shot, it always makes me crack up.

    i know this is not a good day for you, i hope things will improve quickly for two of you, again, i know food is on neither of your minds, but it was a scrumptious start, thanks to you AND bandy~

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    1. Yes, it was a happy day when we smoked that pork. Bandy was so proud of the dark "bark," but afraid that people would think it was burned. :-) Every recipe that I've tried in Homemade Winter is extraordinary. I'm going to order the others for sure. Zap isn't out of the woods, but he's home with me tonight. Fingers crossed.

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  3. So sorry about your all night vigil with Zap :( My morning started off with an unexpected trip to the vet too, but not for anything serious. It's always amazing to me how something goes from 0 to full blown over the weekend. I'm keeping my fingers crossed Zap rallies and glad he is home with you, hopefully warm & cozy on a blanket on your lap...

    We love pulled pork, my hubby has a Big Green Egg. Tell Bandy the bark is our favorite part! We don't use any sauce to mask the smoky flavor. We sometimes mix an eastern NC sauce that's mostly vinegar, brown sugar and Tabasco, but most of the time we hover over it like vultures, eating as we pull it :) My hubby has asbestos fingers, forks don't seem to do the trick for him.

    I love the wonderful sunlight on your table highlighting your beautiful tulip cover shot! Hopefully there's more sunshine for you until you get a delivery of propane, that's a scary situation. Our temperatures are dropping and they're calling for snow showers, I keeping my fingers crossed we don't get freezing rain.

    Looking forward to more delicious Home Made Winter from you! Stay warm ♥

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  4. There is nothing better than a pulled pork feast done right~the men in my life cook it about once a week! I will show them this recipe and get them to try it out~so sorry about sweet pups, and I'm looking forward to another magical week with the Novel Bakers
    Jenna

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  5. Your pulled pork looks really delicious! I love pulled pork a lot, I could eat a sandwich of your pork right now!! :-) During the warms month will usually smoke 15 to 20 of these a year. Pulled pork is great!

    I linked to your site from another site and I am glad I did. I browsed your site and wow, love all the recipes and great pictures too. I love to cook, bake and grill. Check out my recent recipe post, Making Crème Brûlée.
    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/making-creme-brulee/

    Michael :-)

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  6. Your pulled pork looks really delicious! I love pulled pork a lot, I could eat a sandwich of your pork right now!! :-) During the warms month will usually smoke 15 to 20 of these a year. Pulled pork is great!

    I linked to your site from another site and I am glad I did. I browsed your site and wow, love all the recipes and great pictures too. I love to cook, bake and grill. Check out my recent recipe post, Making Crème Brûlée.
    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/making-creme-brulee/

    Michael :-)

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