Pork tenderloin au poivre

1 tenderloin steak (around 400 g)
splash olive oil
1 tsp butter (unsalted)
2 tbsp whole peppercorns (coarsely crushed with a mortar)
1 tsp mustard seeds

Rub the meat on both sides with salt, crashed peppercorns and mustard seeds. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil. Place the meat inside, cook for 5 – 6 minutes on each side. Take it out, let it rest for 10 minutes. While the meat rests make gravy.

1/3 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup red wine
1/4 cup cream
3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 small red onion (chopped)
pinch of fresh thyme

After removing meat add onion and garlic to the skillet. Sauté for 2 minutes, add chicken broth, wine, cream and thyme. Cook until reduced to sauce consistency.

Pork tenderloin+blue cheese sauce+sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and cheddar barlotto

For two – lunch & dinner

200 g barley (soaked, washed & strained)
200 ml chicken broth & 200 ml vegetable broth (whatever, can add water in which is shortly boiled garlic and thyme).
1 red onion (finely chopped)
around 50 g (handfull) roasted pine nuts
around 100 g sun-dried tomatoes (chopped)
2-3 cloves chopped garlic
100 g grated cheddar
salt and pepper
fresh cracked black pepper
olive oil

reduced balsamic vinegar (how: boil balsamic vinegar until reduces and becomes syrupy)

In a heavy bottom pot sauté the onion until golden in a little olive oil. Add chopped garlic and cook until you feel the smell of garlic. Add the barley and toast 4-5 minutes. Add a few ladles of broth at a time and let completely absorb before adding more to the barley.  Continue this process until barley is cooked (15-20 minutes). Add sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Adjust the seasoning. Add the grated cheese and butter. Mix all the ingredients well.

Serve with a few drizzles of reduced balsamic and olive oil.

Blue cheese sauce
Mix 100 g blue cheese in hot béchamel sauce.

Pan seared pork tenderloin.

Assembly, serve and enjoy!

The kitchen after:

difficulty level cooking: It looked easy from living room, this masterpiece was produced by my husband
difficulty level washing dishes: HELL! everything was dirty, dishes, the floor, the kitchen cabinets…but it was worth it 

Washing dishes is a big deal in our kitchen. No dishwasher, and no hot/warm/lukewarm water from the kitchen pipe. And thats not all – I’ve lost that stupid bet. Now I have to wash dishes by myself throughout February. Not only that this February have 29 days, I was stubborn enough to say: Yes! to another bet with my husband. I’ve lost a bet, and won washing dishes in February 2013. Lucky girl. Grrrrrrrrr!