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Cumin-Rubbed Pork with Rhubarb-Apricot Chutney


As we move into summer vacation, the days grow longer, the fruits get sweeter, and Jake dusts off the charcoal grill...especially on Friday evenings when all we have to do is spend time together. No homework to do. No uniforms to iron. And no bedtimes to keep. Love it!

Tonight I had some pork cutlets. Here's what I did. Every single person in the family devoured it and asked for seconds. That is an accomplishment.


While the coals are burning down to the proper temperature, rub the pork with ground cumin, ground cinnamon, ground coriander, and freshly ground smoked sea salt.

Then make a quick chutney. One thing I like to do is tie in flavors between dishes. Since I used ground coriander in the rub on the meat, I used fresh cilantro in the chutney because it's all the same plant. Why the different names? I have no idea.

For the chutney...

scallions
rhubarb
apricots
raw sugar
honey
red wine

Cook all of that in a large flat-bottomed pan until the fruit is softened and the sauce thickened. Once to the consistency that you desire, stir in chopped cilantro and season with freshly ground pink Himalaya salt and flower pepper.

Grill the meat - I can't really write about that since the extent of my participation in that process is to rub the meat and hand it over to my grill master husband. Then serve with a large dollop of chutney. 

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  1. I had no idea that cumin was the same herb as coriander and cilantro (I knew those were from the same plant)... Lightbulb on!

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