Coconut Lemongrass Braised Pork for French Fridays with Dorie

Okay here’s another one that I wasn’t going to make because my husband is not a fan of pork.  I thought about subbing in chicken or fish but decided on cubed pork loin because it really sounded good in this recipe and guess what??  Not a big surprise, it was good!  This is a recipe for the online cooking group French Fridays with Dorie  from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan, a cookbook that doesn’t disappoint.  For the most part the recipes are simple and can be tinkered with to get the flavors exactly the way you like them.  I added a minced jalapeno pepper, garlic, saffron and a sprinkling of fresh baby Thai basil leaves to Dorie’s list of spices.  I also used sliced shallots, cubed pork loin and a somewhat assertive curry powder.  The only complaint was not enough lemongrass flavor so next time I’ll use more or maybe a milder curry powder.  Our starter was also taken from Around My French Table, the minted zucchini tagliatelle with cucumbers and lemon salad.  I’m giving you my adaption of this recipe because I’ve discovered that I like giving a recipe even when I’m not supposed to.. This salad recipe is one of my favorite from-the-garden recipes of the summer- you’re going to love the freshness, the herbs and the crunch.  You’ll need one overgrown zucchini, one overgrown cucumber( the ones that hide in your vegetable garden underneath a big leaf), one cup of thinly sliced Vidalia onion, two cups of lightly chopped fresh herbs(I used Italian basil, Thai basil and mint), juice and zest of one lemon, a couple of tablespoons of walnut oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  The zucchini and cucumber are each cut in thin(1/8″) lengthwise strips until you reach the seedy interior, flip and slice the other side.  Stack up the pieces, slice into noodle size strips and cut into bite size pieces.  Toss or compost the big seedy center pieces.  Whisk together the dressing, which couldn’t be more simple with lemon juice, walnut oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Throw the zucchini, cucumbers, onions, lemon zest and herbs into a large bowl.  Pour in the dressing, toss in the salt and pepper and chill for a few hours before serving.  If you try this recipe you’re going to love the freshness, the herbs and the crunch.  Play around with the fresh herbs, type of oil, try lime instead of lemon juice and you’re off and running.  There is a picture of it  and one of my favorite summer wines here somewhere!

Here it is- my favorite salad of the summer with the difficult to see/read Marsanny Rosé 

A closer look at my new favorite salad and a linkto check out the other contributors to French Fridays with Dorie.  Please check back next Friday for the next installment in my cooking through Around My French Table adventure.

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  1. Although I have become hopeless about getting the french fridays done, this is one I will definitely revisit – and I love the spices you added to it!

  2. The pork looks good; but today, I am loving the salad. Does a cool breeze come with the mint & the cucumbers?

  3. everything is styled so nicely from the doggy on up….

  4. Beautiful dinner, and I love the additions you made. I'm ready for a new favorite salad, so I'll definitely try this one.

  5. I'm sure its absolutely dish. Yours looks so gorgeous too!

  6. Wonderful dish, flavor jumps off the page.

  7. Please don't laugh–you know I love and look forward to your French Fridays posts…but what was my immediate draw this week? Ooh, that Laguiole knife…and the dachshund knife rest! NICE! The salad presentation is great, too. Happy weekend, Patty!

  8. What a beautiful meal! I love how you added summer to your dish with the fresh Thai Basil leaves and fresh salad! Have a great weekend!

  9. You did all those great substitutions that I held back from! I love curries and this one might have been a little too… French for my taste? Not that restraint is ever a bad thing.

  10. The fresh Thai basil is a great idea! I have some in my garden and wish I'd thought to use it. Can't wait to try the salad.

  11. Your meal looks wonderful…nice post. I love your fresh herbs and salad. Looks great for summer without lots of sauce and heavy potatoes, etc. Nice cooking.

  12. I love all the extra spices you used and wished I had used a more assertive curry too (since there were two lemongrass stalks in my dish). Your minty cucumber salad looks good to eat in our hot weather, so that's something I'll definitely make!

  13. Your dishes and photos look like absolute perfection. Great post!

  14. you make food look so damn good – it ought to be a sin…. beautiful pics, great interpretation and execution and as always, I am so envious of your Fridays… anyway, have a great weekend…

  15. What great flavor substitutions. It looks so colorful and pretty, especially combined with the salad.

  16. I love everything you added to this stew – I think I'll refer back to this post next time I make it. Perhaps you should nominate the salad for next month's recipe roster. It looks perfect for August!

  17. As always, your photos are absolutely stunning. I am constantly blown away by your photography, though the food is pretty fab too :) Great job on the pork. I may have liked my results if I added the other spices you did – well done. Nana was pleased with hers so it was a split decision here. And your salad combo was such a great choice for this time of year. Unlike a stew :)

  18. What a gorgeous dish but then again you always make everything gorgeous. I had a huge lemongrass plant in my backyard when I lived in the islands, but that was then and this is now – I can't find it where we live anymore. So frustrating.

    Thanks for testing these recipes for us. I make notes in my copy of the book.

  19. Patty – this dish looks simply divine. Love the salad. Hope you have a wonderful weekend – the weather should be perfect. :)

  20. Patty! I really need to get out from under my rock b/c I never knew you could eat raw zucchini! My gosh that salad looks so refreshing and delicious. Definitely the perfect crunch if you're looking for crunchy. I'm like your hubby, not a big pork fan. With that said, your dish looks delicious and gorgeous. You've definitely intrigued this non-pork fan. Love the flavour of lemongrass. Brings a dish to a whole new level. Beautiful photos as always, my dear!

  21. Gorgeous stew…especially with your sprinkling of herbs. Glad I didn't have the only finicky hubby this week :) And I'm eying that beautiful peach cake below, too…YUM!

  22. Gorgeous Lemongrass Braised Pork, Patty! I'm loving that refreshing light summer salad, as well!
    This dish really is a very elegant and simple company dinner that is also perfect any day of the week…Have a wonderful weekend!

  23. Your pork looks delicious. Not as saucy as the others. Did you drain off the sauce or just add more ingredients? I didn't love this, but I'm considering retrying after I've read all the posts. Your zucchini salad looks great! You should nominate that for us to make in August. Have a great week.

  24. Your pork looks so fresh and colorful! I like the idea of adding a little basil at the end.

  25. Just beautiful! I love pork, and this salad sounds delicious!

  26. I have missed your posts…Now I am back to enjoy them. Wish I was there to enjoy this dinner.

  27. Maybe I’ll have to try the salad your way :) I like your addition of basil!

  28. I adore the pork dish – I have made it twice. The zucchini salad – meh. Have a good weekend.

  29. Your salad and dish still look good to me – even a year later…

  30. I agree that this salad makes a great way to use summer garden produce (as does next week’s recipe). I love your take on it – it looks beautiful.

    Thanks for reposting this for the group. I’m happy to have a reminder of the lemongrass pork – it was one of my favourite dishes of last year, but I haven’t made it lately. I’m going to rectify that very soon.

    Have a great long weekend, Patty!

  31. That pork looks wonderful, I should catch up with it also. I completely agree with wanting to share the recipes like we do in the Tuesdays with Dorie. Have a great weekend Patty!

  32. OMG I am going to need those weiner dog knife rests! I have two little dachshunds at home and even though they are a handful, I totally love them. Everything looks really beautiful and I’ve very intrigued by the curry – I love a good curry but I’ve never made a successful one. I don’t seem to buy the right curry powder or paste I guess. I bought a Thai basil plant this year so I am looking for ways to use it and this looks promising!

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