I first put this recipe up in my online recipe database in 2003. It was one of the first recipes I shared on the internet. Over the years I have cooked it with a few variations here and there but the base recipe remains the same. Pork, baby onions, lots of garlic, sweet mandarins and Asian spices slow cooked to a flavourful and tender dish that is perfect for sharing over dinner. With college on two nights a week, Nick and I find slow cooking this extremely handy. I turn it on and leave home as the night creeps up quickly. He turns it off just when I am reaching college, passing yawning and weary office goers on my way; the thought of this beautiful slow cooked dinner keeping me awake and sane as I design through the evening.
There is nothing to it. Just toss everything in the slow cooker and let technology take it's course. I have also included a non slow cooker recipe for those who don't have one. I have tried this method too and it works well. Which brings me to today's giveaway. One of you lucky souls is going to win a very modern (unlike my cranky old one) slow cooker if you play nice! Kitchenware Direct is trying to look after your winter cooking needs by generously offering a Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker in a size of your choice (either 4L or 6.5L) worth $149 and $199 respectively.
TO WIN THIS SLOW COOKER
1. You MUST have an Australian Postal Address.
2. You MUST enter via the Rafflecopter box below.
3. You MUST LEAVE ME A COMMENT and finish this sentence in as many or as little words as you may like - "I Like It Slow …."
4. WINNER will be judged on the originality and entertainment value of the answer.
5. Giveaway runs until July 31, 2013. Winner will be announced on the blog and facebook page.
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SLOW COOKED ORIENTAL PORK WITH MANDARINS
A gorgeous chuck-me-in-the-slow-cooker-and-forget-about-me recipe full of lovely Asian flavours and elevated by the use of fresh sweet mandarins and juicy pork.
Makes - To Serve 4
750g pork loin or shoulder, cubed
6 small brown onions, peeled
10 cloves of garlic, whole and peeled
2 mandarins, segments separated and deseeded
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1 cup water
3 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 tablespoon oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup spring onions, sliced
Combine all ingredients except spring onions in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cook on "Low" for 3 hours. Garnish with spring onions and serve hot with steamed rice or as a soup drizzled with hot clear broth.
Non Slow Cooker Method
Heat oil in a cast iron or heavy bottomed saucepan on high. Add pork, salt and pepper. Sauté for a few minutes until pork pieces are sealed and starting to brown. Add onion and garlic. Sauté for a few more minutes until onions start softening.
Add mandarin, ketchup, white pepper, five-spice powder, tamari, vinegar and water. Mix well. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with spring onions. Serve hot.
The cooking time will depend on the cut of meat used and the make of your slow cooker. I have a really old slow cooker and I have figured out its quirks by trial and error. I use pork loin and find that cooking it just under 3 hours on low produces the best results. Pork shoulder is also a great cut for slow cooking. If you can, try cooking the meat on the bone for an amazing flavour and tender juiciness.
This looks very comforting and delicious! Who doesn't love a slow cooker recipe? So easy!
I like it slow... because I can spend my day doing other things, but still smell that delicious aroma floating through my house!
Sounds delicious. I'm trying to cook pork a little more often and this recipe looks like a good place to start.
I like It slow......Whoa! Where is this question going?!
I like it slow with the heat turned down low - don't get me wrong, I have no beef with the old saucepan and stovetop but I just don't have the thyme to sit around and wait.
Could I use chicken instead? What adjustments will need to be made?
You could use chicken. But just use the stovetop method and reduce cooking time on low to just about an hour .. since chicken doesn't need a lot of cooking time.
I like It slow .....when it has to be really special! A meal to remember for all the the other people at the table with me. And hopefully, with the magic of the Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker the next time 🙂
I Like It Slow Cooked - so I can do other things while its cooking!
I like it slow, I'm a fast moving gal caught up in the working world. In the afternoon's it'd be heavenly, slow and steady with a Cuisinart Slow Cooker to get my dinner ready!
I like it slow,
I like it tasty...
no good stew was made being hasty!
I like it slow - on weekends, I hate it when they go fast! Feels like I have less time to cook the things I love ;P
I like it slow and cooked low for hearty, tender and juicy rich flavoured dishes!
"I like it slow.......it's the ONLY way to go!" ?
I like it slow because between being a working mum who spends all of her time running around after my family, slow cookers enable me to provide my family with freshly cooked, healthy meals whilst taking the time constraint pressures off of myself.
I like it slow, so I can enjoy without the running around.
I'd like to like it slow, if I had a fancy new slow cooker 😉
I like it slow...tender, a little bit spicy and on the kitchen table straight after work...(im talking about a slow cooked meal...what are you thinking of??!!)
I like it slow... so there is time to play with the kids and catch up with hubby before serving a wholesome, tasty, tender, home cooked meal that didn't leave me stuck in the kitchen missing out on my family all afternoon.
I like it slow....because I'm always in a hurry, but by the end of the day it is all done and yummy
I like it Slow..... hot & flavorsome and preferably someone else doing all the work 😉
i like it slow..that way flavours are intact , juicy and tasty thus making you want to go back for more ..
I like it slow...
when I have to run.
But most of all
it has to be yum!
I like it slow....... most days of the week
I like it slow...I go with the flow
If I cook it too quick my family get sick
They sprint for the dunny a little bit runny
And I'm shamed out of the kitchen...again
I like it slow...because slow means well thought out, lovingly prepared, mouth-wateringly tender and so so so tasty.
I like it slow.... because frankly, I'm too busy socialising & enjoying a vino to stand over the stove unnecessarily
I like it slow, succulent and tender , partnered with a glass of red and shared with great friends.
I like it slow --- because then I can forget about it and get on with other things. Then hey presto a delicious comforting dinner
I like it slow... so I can let the Cuisine Slow Cooker work its magic and enjoy a hot tender meal.
I like it slow... because there is nothing better than a slow-cooked braise on a cool night. Soft succulent meat, delicious chunks of vegetables, a smattering of fresh herbs, all on top of a bed of silky mashed potato. That, my friends, is what winter is all about.
I like it slow ... because I'm not good under pressure.
When I have dinner slow cooking I can smell the deliciousness ALL day, and there's no better seasoning than that.
I like it slow.....tender and comforting, that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, content and loved.
I like it slow .....Hot And spicey . Only thing I have patience for
I like it slow, steady and hot - just like how the Cuisinart Slow Cooker work its magic! All you need is a slow cooker, paired with a sprinkle of love and dash of patience; voila delightful meals with little effort. 🙂
..........Slow cookers definately have so much love to give
They only need small spaces to happily live
They dont snore, or moan, or whinge or pee
Id rather a slow cooker than a man... coz then I can have three!!
They are sleek and stylish, heavy and strong
and the power cord.. is black.. and also quite long
Which means you can do anywhere on the bench, if that tickles your fancy
And If you leave it to sit for 3 hours, it WONT have a tanty!!!
My other half of my entry has been deleted... but I didnt delete it 🙁
Sneh! THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!
I am sooo excited!! I checked here just before, commented, then saw I had won and I am soooo excited!! I have just posted on your wall... you are amazing! you have made my day!!
Love to you and your amazing blog!!
I like it slow...reminds me of my childhood when there was no pressure and we could stop and smell the roses.
I like it slow...........on a cold winters night in front of a toasty fire!
I like it slow...and hot!
I like it slow.......................cooking in my new cuisine Programmable slow cooker 😉
I like it slow, warm and milky....my coffee that is!
I like it slow ... eating a meal and being able to savor the flavors rather than wolfing it down so I can attend to my toddler who wants to be picked up and held right when it is mealtimes
I like it slow slow slow slow slow slow with the apple bottom jeans and boots with the fur... And also I'd like to try slow cooking as I'm so hopeless a cook, surely even I couldn't stuff up putting everything in a pot and letting it sit there and cook.
I like it slow for DELIGHT!!
I like it slow as it is nice and tender and juicy and makes life easier as you will have food looking like you are a professional chef to with the Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker.
I like it slow... and moist and juicy and falling off the bone with the most intense flavours. Just the way it should be.
I like it slow because every thing feels and tastes better when you take the time to savour it.
I like it slow because then I can appreciate the whole - the effect, the subtleties, the mastery, the passion - and relish them with with all my senses.
I Like It Slow that way you get to savour life more.
Because slow and steady always win!!!!!
I like it slow
and oh so tender.
To use the cheaper cuts
... I'm no big spender!
I like it slow.... when life is going too fast, I'd love to sit back and enjoy the ride!
....because it's so much better than fast food! 😉
I like it slow in the morning and slow in the night.
I like it hot with some spice and sweet's just as nice.
Take your time, there's no need to rush. 4-6 house of simmering heat turns me to mush.
Doing it with hubby is so much fun. Playing around and mixing it up, stirring it around slowly through the day.
Making dinner is fun when you take your time.
And I'll love it even more if this slow cooker is mine !!
I like it slow because it gives me more time to think and make a good plan to get everything well-organised and well-done.
I like it slow with my beau the Cuisinart Pro, when I add chunks of meat and root veg it's undeniable he gets a certain glow!
this recipe sounds so homely and warm! i never tohught of adding mandarin and chinese spices together!
and i love your entry sentence!
i like it slow and seductively saucey, just like salted caramel dripping off a spoon because cooking that way generates more flavour and depth in the dish! no minds in the gutter please!
I like it slow in the kitchen but fast in the ...... ok ill stop their before it gets too much
I Like It Slow, tender and tasty.
I like it slow because it's so easy and stress free to make and tastes so great
I like it slow.... Because we live in a world of fast food, fast cars, fast everything really! So its time we slowed down and take the time to savour our meals, and smell the roses.....
I like it slow cos slow is soft, slow is tender and slow is pure joy. 🙂
Can't participate in the contest, but wanted to tell you this looks so mouth watering!
Beautiful dish. I enjoy a slow cooked meal too, it's way more flavorful and easy of course.
I Like It Slow because the flavours grow and, its one pot cooking, so the mess is low.
I like it slow.....to release all those delicious flavours to tantalize my tastebuds and satisfy my healthy appetite.
i like it slow baked with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt....
This looks absolutely amazing and my just be my inspiration for dinner tomorrow night!
I like it slow so I have time to smell those hidden roses in every circumstance.
I like it slow... and spicy.
I like it slow and satisfying......dinner of course!
I like it slow ... a hot shower on a cold day. Perfect way to warm up!
I like it slow...so I can experience life beyond the status quo. Taking time to enjoy small things, peace and quiet, with rushing at a low. Life, love and food should be savoured, that's one thing I know!
I LIKE IT SLOW when the temperature’s low: poached pears, warming curries and osso buco!
Hey sneh! No entry from me - love this recipe though. Finally a new way to use mandarins.
That dish looks mighty scrumptious! A wonderful combination of flavors.
This series of pictures is particularly stunning!
I like it slow, I like it mellow, I like it only if there's a bit of yellow!
Sorry, I just had to rhyme 🙂
I like it slow... except when I like it fast.
I like it slow because I and mine have more time to enjoy it . . .
Mmmm...delish. I like it slow and and low!
I like it slow and steady. Life seems to be rushing by way to fast.
I like it slow and tender there is no better way to cook! That way I can put dinner on and then play with my two little sweethearts daisy and Lucy!
I Like It Slow because the slower the process, the better the taste!
I like it slow because I can cook all day with no effort.
Beautiful dish, Sneh!
I like it slow... but if I went any slower I'd be in a coma !
I Like It Slow... Time. A slow five minutes just to stop and take it all in. With two little kids it's easy to get caught up in the rush of the day. I find it really important for me to just slow down sometimes and realise how lucky I am!
I like it slow because everything else is so fast.
I Like It Slow …Motion when the hero and heroine run towards each other in the rain in the final scene of a old-school romantic movie! 🙂