Hot and sweet chilli pork skewers

Sweet & Hot Chilli Pork Skewers

Mealtimes matter at Casa Eats World. In fact, if you hadn’t already noticed, we’re kind of obsessed with them. But it’s not only because we’re gluttonous. Although there’s no denying that’s a fairly major factor…

You see that wasn’t always the case for me. When I was growing up my family never ate at a table. We barely ever ate together. At dinnertime, Mum was always in the kitchen, Dad usually ate on the couch watching M.A.S.H in his undies, while my brother and I absconded to our respective rooms to shove anything vaguely resembling a vegetable out the window for the dog to eat. Needless to say it wasn’t exactly the stuff of familial fantasy.

It’s a different story now I’m a parent. Our family dinnertime is a ritual that provides routine, consistency and connection. It is always a sit-down occasion and we eat together. There are rarely underpants involved and the only mash the kids see is the stuff on their plates as the TV remains resolutely off. Oh, and because it’s 2016.

Most importantly, Raffles and Sugarpuff get involved in every aspect of a meal, from selecting menus, food preparation and cooking, to setting the table and eating.

And our stance is not just about the positive nutritional impact of a good meal. As much as we love our food, what goes on over the plate is as important to us as what goes on it.  Dinnertime is about coming together to pause a while, catch up on each other’s day and nourish our kids’ growing brains through demonstrating (mostly) socially correct behaviours and discussion.

When Masterfoods recently sent me a basket of goodies along with a copy of their recent Lifting the Lid on Dinnertime report about the social role of food in Australia I was startled by some of the results, which seemed to hark back to my own childhood experiences.

Masterfoods were kind enough to send us these goodies along with a report on teh social role of food in Australia #MakeDInnertimeMatter

It seems that only 35% of respondents ate with family regularly and just 20% of respondents ate a meal cooked from scratch five times a week or more. As for the current status on dads dining in underpants… there was no percentage given.

MasterFoods also asked Aussie families who their ideal dinner guest would be in this super cute video and their answers may surprise you.

It inspired me to ask my kids who their ultimate dinner guests would be. Both of them also said it would be their dad and I, followed by their extended family. And we didn’t even have to pay them. Mind you Sugarpuff also requested the presence of Queen Elsa, Katy Perry, Daffy Duck and her old pre-school teacher, Nathan. While Rafferty wanted J.K. Rowling, Dave Grohl, Billy-Joe from Greenday, Richard Branson, Thor and Lara Croft (conveniently providing a little eye candy for both parents). He’s also saved a seat for Adam Liaw… provided he cooks. But I digress.

Even without a slew of real and fictional celebrity guests, it’s easy to make #makemealtimesmatter simply by being present and getting everyone involved.

Indeed Raffles and Sugarpuff helped me with the gathering, peeling, cutting and skewering of this these quick and easy hot and sweet chilli pork skewers, which we whipped up using a piece of pork belly and some of the spices and flavours Masterfoods sent us.  Raffles even plated it up using an image on the cover of a recent Donna Hay magazine for inspiration.

And it was good.

Hot and sweet chilli pork with cucumber

Hot and sweet chilli pork with cucumber

Ingredients

  • 750g pork belly, rind removed and cut in to large cubes.
  • 12 bamboo skewers
  • 1 tsp. Masterfoods minced garlic
  • 200 ml peanut oil
  • 1 tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs. lime juice
  • 125 ml Masterfoods Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tbs Siraccha chilli sauce (for heat, optional)
  • 2 tsp. grated palm sugar
  • 1 tsp. Masterfoods Thai Seasoning
  • Cucumber Salad;
  • 2 baby cucumbers cut into thin strips
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red chilli, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 tsp. grated palm sugar
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1tsp. lime juice
  • ½ cup baby mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Soak skewers in water then thread with cubes of pork.Slice cucumber in thin strips with a potato peeler and place in bowl.
  2. Add shallots and red chilli
  3. Mix rice vinegar, peanut oil, sesame oil, fish sauce and lime juice with palm sugar to dress the salad and set aside.
  4. Mix ¼ cup peanut oil, rice vinegar, lime juice, palm sugar and minced garlic and marinate skewers for 30 minutes.
  5. Place skewers on a hot grill or frypan to sear, then lower heat and turn regularly for about five minutes.
  6. Mix Sweet Chilli Sauce and Siraccha chilli sauce with two tablespoons oil.
  7. Brush chilli mixture over skewers turning for another three minutes until sticky and cooked through.
  8. Sprinkle with Thai seasoning.
  9. Serve atop cucumber salad with fresh lime quarters and mint leaves.
http://boyeatsworld.com.au/2016/03/29/making-dinnertime-matter-hot-and-sweet-chilli-pork/

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Masterfoods sent us a lovely hamper of herbs and spices with a copy of their fascinating study into Aussie eating habits. We chose to use the ingredients in this recipe. You can find out more about the survey results here #makemealtimesmatter

Making mealtimes matter with Essentially Jess for #IBOT

16 Comments on Hot and sweet chilli pork skewers

  1. Cat@lifethroughthehaze
    March 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Yum! Pork isn’t something that I remember to put on the shopping list! I really should when it’s on special!

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      March 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm (2 years ago)

      IT’s so versatile and works really with this sweet and spicy sauce.

      Reply
  2. Ana
    March 30, 2016 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that how you get the kids involved – I need to try that with mine to see if it will make them less fussy

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      March 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm (2 years ago)

      IT seems to work well with my two 🙂

      Reply
  3. Simone
    March 30, 2016 at 5:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this in every way shape and form. You are doing a smashing job!! Xx

    Reply
  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    March 31, 2016 at 11:31 am (2 years ago)

    It’s great that you’ve changed your mealtime habits! And I love both their lists-it says a lot about each of their personalities! 😀

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      April 3, 2016 at 8:21 am (2 years ago)

      IT sure does. It will be an interesting party that’s for sure.

      Reply
  5. Sarah
    April 2, 2016 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    This looks awesome, we are the same in our family with mealtimes always being together at the table, they no only eat so much more when at the table together but also its a great chance to really see what is going on with their lives.

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      April 3, 2016 at 8:22 am (2 years ago)

      Absolutely. MIne are such whirlwinds it’s the only time I can keep them still enough for a conversation.

      Reply
  6. Tory
    April 3, 2016 at 7:02 am (2 years ago)

    Oh yum!!! Can’t wait to try this out.

    Reply
    • BOYEATSWORLD
      April 3, 2016 at 8:23 am (2 years ago)

      He’s lovely. And she adores him. Personally, I’m more excited by the attendance of Thor and Elsa, I reckon those two stormy hotties might hit it off. LOLOL

      Reply
  7. phelanamanda
    April 4, 2016 at 8:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I love Pork Recipes, my mum use to buy the marinated honey and soy ones from the supermarket many years ago. so good. Your recipe looks great and I might need to re-spark some love for Pork again.

    Reply
  8. bakeplaysmile
    April 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh I love that you guys are their ultimate dinner guests! So sweet! These sound amazing. I’m a big fan of experimenting with different herbs and seasonings too. I’ll be adding these to our shopping list!

    Reply

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