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Pork steaks with mustard sauce

Pork steaks with mustard sauce

This dish is surprisingly quick and easy to make, and can turn a family dinner into a celebration. Serve with boiled new potatoes sprinkled with chives, carrots and shredded cabbage. The carrots can be steamed over the pan of potatoes, with the cabbage added after a few minutes.

Chow mein with pork and green vegetables

Chow mein with pork and green vegetables

A mixture of green vegetables adds colour and crispness to this simple noodle stir–fry with pork and dried mushrooms. Chinese egg noodles are prepared more quickly than Western pasta they only need brief soaking – so this dish can be made from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.

Cidered pork with red cabbage

Cidered pork with red cabbage

Long simmering makes this hearty stew perfect for cool autumn days, when apples and cabbage are at their best. Experiment with different types of apples – Granny Smiths are tart and tangy, Golden Delicious juicy and mild. This stew is also superb served with couscous instead of pasta.

Pork dumplings with peanut salad

Pork dumplings with peanut salad

These fragrant Chinese-style pot-stickers are made with won ton wrappers. They are part fried, then simmered in stock and served on a bed of green leaves with a spicy salad of peanuts and crunchy vegetables, making the perfect snack or starter.

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Seared pork with cumquats

Seared pork with cumquats

Here, thinly sliced pork fillet is quickly browned in a sizzling hot, ridged cast-iron grill pan, then simmered with tangy cumquats, honey, Dijon mustard, white wine and stock. It is served on a bed of puréed potato, accompanied by crisp green beans, to make a very elegant dish.

Sticky spare ribs

Here pork spare ribs are simmered first to tenderise the meat and to remove some of the fat, before being roasted in a deliciously sticky orange and mustard glaze. Choose the meatiest ribs you can find. When serving them, put out finger bowls and plenty of napkins for cleaning fingers.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Stew

Slow-cooker Black Bean Stew

This dish is similar to feijoada, a traditional Brazilian black bean stew. You can use canned beans, adding them to the slow cooker during the last 2 hours of cooking. Serve with steamed rice.

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