After the travesty of a day that was Tuesday, Wednesday was much better.
(OK, so Tuesday wasn’t exactly a travesty. Like Mara said in the comments, it was one of those days that makes you want to cry while you’re enduring it, but is comical in retrospect. It was filled with first world problems and slight annoyances that were all cured and rectified with a bowl of pasta – I can’t really complain.)
Wednesday, however, was an absolute corker of a day. Here is why-
1. I didn’t have to work.
2. I bought a whole load of things that I didn’t necessarily need but which are lovely. Some yellow shoes, a storage box with birds on it, a yoga/exercise mat, and some amaretto flavoured coffee. All from TK Maxx, except the shoes which are from Tesco. And they were all absolute barry argins.
3. I received an email bearing good news. Not everything is in place yet but watch this space! #unnecessarilycryptic
4. I bought a pork shoulder so that I could make slow cooker pulled pork today. Here’s another non-recipe for you!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (adapted from almost every recipe for this I’ve ever seen, but particularly The Londoner’s)
She uses pork ribs but I used a shoulder. It was a cheap and nasty one from Tesco which came to the grand total of £3.86. Stick it in your slow cooker and pour some coke over it. I did not have any BBQ sauce so I didn’t use any. Whether this affected the flavour or not I will never know. (It has just occurred to me that I didn’t really follow her recipe at all, in any way.) Make sure the pork is covered and whack your slow cooker on high. After about 3hrs I removed a few ladles of the liquid and added some beef stock. (I can’t explain why I did this.) At this point I began to worry as it smelled disgusting and looked like some sort of alien. So I tried to forget about it for another few hours. Other things I added over the course of the cooking time: Frank’s Red Hot sauce, tomato puree, a sprinkle of brown sugar, a squeeze of HP sauce. Jesus wept I am bad at following recipes – though maybe this means I would be amazing at making my own recipes? (Probably not.)
All in all, my alien shaped pork shoulder was in the slow cooker for a total of around seven hours. I turned it over a few times because it seemed to grow (much like an alien would) and I didn’t want the exposed bits to get tough. I served the pork in much the same way as The Londoner does – in crusty buns with gherkins and red cabbage, along with a side of coleslaw. It was one of those sandwiches that lacked structural integrity but made up for it in tasting delicious.
There are so many ways to adapt a recipe like this. If you don’t have a slow cooker, use your oven. You can cook it in whatever liquid you like, really, though I have read that the Coke helps break down the enzymes or something – and the finished product does not taste like Coke. Use whatever cut of pork that you like. If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan… this is the wrong recipe for you.