Sunday, November 08, 2009


Abel & Cole asked if I would like to try a rolled piece of Organic Belly Pork. Usually I don't buy a piece of belly pork rolled but just buy it in a slab, and so this was a complete change for me.

The first thing I noticed about this joint was how the rind had been scored into diamonds shapes. Also, there was a good fat to meat ratio. First impressions are everything to this cook.

I smothered the rind with sea salt and rubbed in lots of ground fennel seeds. The joint was then blasted at a high temperature for 30 minutes before turning the oven down to resume the cooking. During the last 30 minutes of cooking I added some white wine to the belly pork for extra flavour and to make a delicious gravy.

The exposed meat, the best pieces in my humble opinion, were delicious and the interior of the meat was soft, tender and juicy.

We thought it was the best piece of belly pork ever to have graced the table in our house, there was hardly any waste - other than the string the joint had been tied up in!

Every joint of meat on the Abel & Cole website is traceable and it is always very comforting to read about the animals and producer regarding the meat you are about to order.


LexEat! said...

oooh this looks delicious. I've actually bought my pork belly like this and unrolled it to use - as I think you get more meat than usual. Yummy yummy yummy

Janice said...

I'm not a big fan of fatty meat, but that does look delicious.

Sophie said...

What a georgous feast for the eyes!!

Wghat a beautiful loin of meat!

MMMMMMMMMMMM,...You can fly over any time & make this for me & my husband!!

Jan said...

I've never had pork belly but that does look good!
Abel and Cole STILL don't deliver in my area :(

Debs said...

Oh yum, that looks delicious. Shame we can get Abel & Cole delivered to Spain.

James said...

You mean you don't eat the string? That's where I've been going wrong.

The Caked Crusader said...

I think belly is the most flavoursome cut of pork - and it makes such awesome crackling!
I'm drooling.

Sam said...

Mmmm... That looks delicious, I've been really impressed with everything I've tried from Able and Cole too.

Kath said...

Yum, that crackling looks delicious and I am with you that the outside meat is the most delicious - and I always say that the cook deserves the choicest bit!