There's nothing fancy about this meal. It's simple, straightforward family cooking; an honest meat and two veg. A pork roast rubbed with fresh herbs is one of my favourite weekend meals, and after a Saturday spent puttering around the house with the kids, it was the perfect meal to enjoy before I went out for the evening. Sometimes I just need some time in a bookstore or a cafe, alone, to remember who I am. I like me and I miss her sometimes.
An herb rub for a roast is pretty simple, really. I like a combination of fresh herbs, coarse sea salt, and olive oil. Any combination of herbs works well in a rub, and dried herbs work nicely too when that's what's handy. The herbs for this roast - rosemary, lemon thyme, and oregano - were picked fresh from our backyard herb garden. I just love saying that. Fresh from our garden. Fresh from our garden. Can you tell I'm excited about the first full day of spring?!
Here's how I made it:
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 tsp coarse sea salt
A few glugs of olive oil
The herbs and salt went into a small bowl. Then just enough olive oil was added to make the mixture spreadable.
With the pork roast in a pan, fatty side up, the herb mixture was rubbed all over the top, sides, and ends of the roast. Yup, with my hands. It roasted in a 375 degree (F) oven for 90 minutes until a meat thermometre reached 170 degrees (F). I like to use a thermometre because cooking times can vary quite a lot, depending on the thickness of a roast.
Here's how I made the veggies:
1 bunch of asparagus, woody ends removed
2 orange peppers, chopped into wedges
Drizzle of olive oil
Sprinkle of salt
I chucked the veggies in a 9 X 9 baking pan, drizzled them with some oil and sprinkled them with salt, then roasted the whole lot in the oven at 375 degrees (F) for 15-20 minutes. Easy and delicious.
Does your family enjoy a weekend roast? What do you serve it with? What do you look for when shopping for a roast? Are you excited about the first full day of spring like I am?!