Lenten Season: Three Elements

Lenten Season: Three Elements

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.

This black and white photo marks the nine month milestone of my Evolution to Silver.

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.

Of course, it is always helpful to have a beautiful cappuccino to start my day off with a smile from this little guy on my favorite hand painted mug from Sicily.

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.

Taking the time to prepare the pork for roasting is what really creates the depth of flavor in this slow roasting process.

Slow Roasted Pork with Garlic and Fresh Herbs

Copyright ©️ Life Around My Table by Diana Amato 2023
The pork shoulder roast in this photo is 7.5lbs and is sitting in a 14inch roasting pan, just to give you a visual perspective. This pork roast took approximately 2.5 hours to reach an internal temperature of 155 F. A pork roast this size will easily serve 6-8 people with a few delicious leftovers for a sandwich or two the next day.

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!

You never know who is going to show up in your neighborhood.

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.

And the next thing I know, Guilio and I are speaking to each other in Italian and planning a Sunday luncheon INSIEME! Together!

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.


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  1. Barbara Spain
    February 26, 2023 / 1:31 pm02

    Spring is the time for renewal and rebirth, and why is it that even in this modern age, the pull to connect to a deeper renewal of our spirits gradually fills our hearts and minds with the desire to do so, especially in spring. I often think that we follow in the footsteps of our ancestors. We desire warmth and comfort in the fall and winter months, and then as the days get longer, we crave freshness in our hearts and in our outlook.
    Have you found with maturity, that you are better able to choose how you perceive a circumstance or a situation, or event, or an off hand comment? Or is that a trait that you have always nurtured? In my own experience, I have definitely matured in how I choose to react in the moment. I think that I am finally growing up! 🙂
    And lastly, such a wise woman you are to create space for yourself the first thing in the morning! I like your routine. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • 93zingara
      February 27, 2023 / 1:31 am02

      I have found as I grow older that I can see things quickly for what they really are. I am less emotionally attached to the outcome of situations and things which in turn gives me even more clarity and appreciation for being in the moment. As for off hand comments, well, my armor is not impenetrable, but it has given me the strength to look it in the eye and walk away without engaging in nonsense.
      Your trips to Dudley’s Bakery have been inspiring me to make a quick road trip out there soon. I cannot even remember the last time I was there. With the recent snowfall, I’m certain it looks beautiful.
      Thanks for all your words of wisdom and encouragement.

  2. Nancy
    February 26, 2023 / 1:31 pm02

    The pork looks amazing 🤩! As it always does 🤤 yum

    • 93zingara
      February 27, 2023 / 1:31 am02

      I hadn’t made one of these in such a long time. Smart&Final had them on sale, so I said,”Why not?”.

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    • 93zingara
      February 28, 2023 / 1:31 pm02

      Ti mando tanti tanti abbracci. Grazie per il complimento. 💞💞💞💞💞

  4. Kathy
    March 5, 2023 / 1:31 pm03

    I love your morning routine & your evolution to silver. ♥️
    Thank you for sharing your recipe! I don’t have one quite like this, I’m really looking forward to making it. (Food is my love language.)
    Enjoy the drunken potatoes. Cheers!

    • 93zingara
      March 5, 2023 / 1:31 pm03

      Food is definitely my LOVE language, as well. Please let me know how it turns out. I’m always curious to know what others think of my recipes. Those drunken potatoes are coming into play this week! Can’t wait! Buon Appetito ✨🥰✨

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