Recipe: Slow Roasted Pork with Fresh Herbs
Whether we are religious or not, this time of year seems to encourage the human spirit’s desire to connect deeper to the Universe. Perhaps it is because we innately understand the energy that Spring is about to shower upon us. It is truly just around the bend. This is our time to search within through prayer and meditation, release and give something up, and most certainly, to give something back to the world around us.
The choice of how we choose to perceive our circumstances is present in each and every moment. Do we seek and become strengthened by the good? Or do we continue to struggle in solitude with the fears attached to the unknown? These questions are simple yet, poignantly challenging for so many of us.
The burdens of yesterday must be put down regularly with each new day’s dawning. I like to focus on a fresh new beginning each morning. Whether engaging in a brisk early morning walk with Leo, or simply making my bed, it is in the routine of laying yesterday to rest that creates space for my faith to always supersede my fears.
In the early morning hours, I welcome peace and tranquility to set the tone for the day ahead. A few moments of prayerful silence sent up to the Universe makes way for things that are out of balance to be released. This in turn grants me the ability to make a little extra room for giving my energy to those people and things that need me the most. It is a synergistic dance, a meditation in motion, a way for me to be in the flow of Faith.
I posted a photo of a slow roasted bone in pork shoulder on my Instagram feed a few days ago. To my surprise, I received half a dozen requests for this recipe!
This roasted pork recipe is full of flavor and texture due to the skin becoming crisp in the oven. It is slow roasted at a low oven temperature creating a self basting and succulent main course. Whether cooking for a table of six or a crowd, depending on the size of the pork shoulder (also called a fresh ham), this preparation is reminiscent of the traditional porchetta that is hailed from many regions of Italy.
Slow Roasted Pork with Garlic and Fresh Herbs
This pork roast will certainly take center stage on an Easter dinner table. While it is not the most glamorous of presentations, it certainly does have the most delicious flavor of slow roasted meat combined with herbs, orange and garlic. My friend Kathy, from Washington State, sent me a recipe for Drunken Potatoes, which I am going to experiment with in the coming week. I think it just might be a perfect pairing. Thanks for the tip Kathy!
Out of the blue, I received a message from this beauty, Diane, just over a week ago. She asked me if I had time to meet for a coffee at my local Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. I was truly surprised because she was way out of her neighborhood in Upstate New York! My immediate response was YES, of course! She brought a beautiful couple, Guilio and Laura, with her, and the four of us sat and caught up on old news while simultaneously making new friends and memories.
Thank you, Diane! That was truly the best spur of the moment, moment!
That is how life goes when we always keep the Faith that good things abound in our midst. Friends reach out, time is made for good conversations and we all end up with long lasting smiles.
As we enter the Lenten Season, my prayer is for healing and balance where there is conflict. May we all become aware of those in need around us and lend our hearts and hands to those who cannot yet do it for themselves.