Tuesday 17th May 2011
I remember the first time I had pig’s cheek in a restaurant. It was when I first moved to Spain. After years of being a vegetarian I moved here and made up for lost time by eating anything and everything that a dead animal carcass could offer – Nose to tail eating.
I was always on the look out for new things to eat and so when my wife spotted this on the menu I ordered it straight away.
The meal arrived and I set about making light work of it. Half way through I was shocked to find I had an actual pig’s tooth attached to the jaw bone on my plate. I, very indignantly, called the waitress over to tell her what I had found in my food when she looked at me, without blinking, and said;
“Well, you did order pig’s cheek. What did you expect?”
I put my head down and shut up. She did have a point. I kept the tooth as a reminder to never ask stupid questions.
The mashed cauliflower was an idea from my sister, Jane. I mashed it with 100g of cream cheese, a generous knob of butter & salt n’ pepper.
And the savoury peas are from my mum’s cookbook of life. Frozen garden peas with mushroom, onions & bacon (The bacon is optional.) If you wanted to bulk it out with a carb, to have on its own, you could add some boiled new potatoes.