All Hail The Queen! The Holiday Recipe club is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the 60 year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign over England. The HRC has embraced holidays and celebrations from all over the world. Why limit to US holidays? I think international events are quite fun. It has given me the opportunity to learn more about the holidays in other countries. It is just as exciting to me as celebrating family heritage.
The recipes for this event had to include one of three ingredients: tea, jam, or worcestershire sauce. I am starting to believe the HRC is reading my mind as to what recipes I am planning to post. It seems each time I have something to share that fits right with the ingredients. This past week I went to my local farmers market. It was opening day for the season and I was ready for farm fresh produce. I came home with a few things:
The squash begged to be grilled. At least it did to me. I also wanted to grill a meat to go with it. Steak is usually my first choice but this time I wanted something different. Sweet tea brined pork tenderloin is what I decided upon. It had been on my to-cook list ever since I watched Virginia Willis prepare it at the Chefs In The City event. Virginia used pork tenderloin at the event instead of the pork chops as stated in her Basic to Brilliant, Y’all cookbook. I adapted the recipe with the same substitution.
The sweet tea brine tenderizes the pork and gives it a nice flavor. It is not overpowering and was perfect to go with the fresh vegetables. I also took the extra step in the cookbook to transform the basic recipe to brilliant with grilled onions. I omitted parsley from the original recipe because my husband does not care for it. I listed parsley as optional below.
Do you visit local farmers markets? What is your favorite food or item to buy? The freshness of everything is so wonderful. I look forward to it each year and it inspires me to cook so many things. I cannot wait to get back to the market this week to get more.
Are you a food blogger? If you would like to participate in the next Holiday Recipe Club blog hop, go to the HRC website for more information.
Please take the time to visit the other posts with wonderful recipes by Holiday Recipe Club bloggers. Just click on the links below. (If you are reading this in an email or RSS reader you will need to go to the post on my site to see the links to the other blogs).