A New 4 in 15 Challenge.
A Pork Fest and Blue Willow.
Emperors and Princesses and Stolen Jewels and Marriage Proposals Gone Awry.
Perfect for a Mid-Week Dinner.
Your Ingredients to Create a Hot Meal in 15 Minutes:
Seasoned Pork. Red Potatoes. Leftover Vegetables from the Bounty. Corn on the Cob.
Grab the Trusty Covered Skillet…
Add the Pork and Brown. Add the Potatoes with Some Liquid.
(OK…Disclaimer: I guess technically this goes against the 15 minute challenge just a bit. I par-boiled the potatoes in the morning for 10 minutes and placed them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for the day.)
New Mexico adds Hatch Green Chile to Everything. Throw Some In if You’re Inclined.
Simmer All for 10 Minutes. Covered.
Start the Corn Water Now.
For the Last 5 Minutes Add All the Vegetables from Your Bounty…
Drop the Corn in the Boiling Water. 5 Minutes Tops.
Love this Goofy Fish Bowl.
Blue Willow Plates Will Tell the Tale of Star-Crossed Lovers…
Ballet Dancers are Starving.
Dinner is Served.
The Tale of the Blue Willow.
Once there was a wealthy Mandarin, who had a beautiful daughter (Koong-se). She had fallen in love with her father’s humble accounting assistant (Chang), angering her father. (It was inappropriate for them to marry due to their difference in social class.) He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart. The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke. The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift. The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree.
On the eve of the daughter’s wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed. As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised. They ran over a bridge, chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand. They eventually escaped on the Duke’s ship to the safety of a secluded island, where they lived happily for years. But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge. Hungry for revenge, he sent soldiers, who captured the lovers and put them to death. The gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves. Thank you Wikipeda.
Keeping Everyone on Pointe and Discovering the Blue Willow Story…
Dinner Time Magic.