Friday, August 19, 2011

life (lahyf) & food (food) | a moment of silence

Sometimes life consumes even the best of relationships. Since Matt and I have totally opposite jobs it's that much more important for us to make time for each other. I've mentioned before that we do a date night every weekend, but we also make it a point to try and have dinner together every weeknights. At least the ones where neither of us have after work plans which is roughly at least 2 days out of the week.

What does that mean? A meal with absolutely no distractions. No TV, no cell phones, absolutely no interruptions. It forces us to talk about anything and everything going on in our day. Since we don't spend every waking minute together (nor would we want to), we make it a point to have time set aside for us. So what did we eat as we enjoyed our one meal together this week? A tasty (and easy) pork tenderloin with roasted brussel sprouts.

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For the pork tenderloin:
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin (butterflied)
  • 2 tbsp of dijon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup of white wine
For the brussel sprouts:
  • 1 pound of brussel spouts sliced in quarters
  • 4 strips of chopped bacon or pancetta
  • 1 tbsp of chopped sage
  • 1 sliced white onion
  • 1/4 cup of dried cherries
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

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Directions for pork tenderloin:
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium to high heat.
  2. Season pork with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Rub dijon mustard on seasoned pork.
  4. Place pork tenderloin on heated pan.  Cook for 7 minutes on each side and set aside.
  5. Reduce pan to medium heat and add white wine, as well as chicken broth.  Simmer for 3 minutes.
  6. Slice pork tenderloin and drizzle drippings over pork.
Directions for brussel sprouts:
  1. Heat oven at 375 degrees.
  2. Mix chopped bacon and white wine in large bowl with 1 tsp of olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place on roasting pan and roast for 10 minutes.
  4. While onions are roasting mix brussel sprouts and sage.  Season with salt and pepper.
  5. When onions are done roasting, add to roasting pan and mix well with onions.
  6. Place mixture back in the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Add dried cherries and place mixture back in the over for 3 minutes.
  8. Serve while hot.
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|Do you and your significant other make it a point to have dinner together? What are some things that you do to ensure that you are able to spend quality time with one another?|

11 comments:

Sandy said...

roasted brussel sprouts are my FAVORITE. and i think that setting aside time for yourself and your loved ones is extremely important.

life can be so hectic, but good for you for finding the time to slow down.

Blicious said...

yum yum yum!!!

xoxo
b

Mel said...

Love brussel sprouts. I'm with you. You don't want to spend every minute together, but you do need time that's just about you two. That's Sunday nights for us. We cook together, we spend time alone. It's hard sometimes for friends to understand that when we turn them down for Sunday evening plans, but that time is all ours. Enjoy your weekend!

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Kellen and I like to have a nice dinner together at least a few times a week as well. That recipe looks delicious by the way! Can't wait to see you tomorrow!

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Sheena said...

I will definitely have to try this meal out, especially the roasted brussel sprouts. I feel like a little kid since I'm not a fan, but I just think I haven't found a better way to make them better to taste.

MizzJ said...

It's very important to dedicate time to one's relationship! What does Matt do that you have such opposite schedules?

Healthy and Homemade said...

Looks delish!! I wish my husband was home to have dinner with me more often! I probably get about 2 nights a week where he's actually home. If he's not gone for 24 hours at one job then he's teaching a night class and doesn't get home until 11 pm. Then it starts all over again!

It's so important to spend time with the ones we love!! You have such a lucky guy to get a dinner like that =)

Chrysa said...

This one is such a favourite dish! I will deffinitely try to make it, even though I am not that good:(
Quality time between the couple is very important:) We are 5 years together, but still have dates! We also enjoy long walks talking. It is fun and refreshing:)

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Lisa - Archives Vintage said...

gonna have to repeat sandy - roasted brussel sprouts are so amazing, i'll pop 'em in my mouth like candy! so, so good.

thats awesome you and matt take time for each other, M and i are so bad at that! our schedules never line up, we prob see each other only a few hours a week! something we need to work on. thanks for the reminder :) xo

eek said...

I definitely want to try those brussel sprouts. do you have any recipes for okra (just got some from the farmer's market)?

The hubs and I have dinner together every night. I am usually the one home late so he makes dinner most of the time - I am a lucky girl :)

Kristen said...

Another great recipe and dinner idea! I love Brussels sprouts, especially roasted. The weather is cooling almost enough to turn on the oven, and they will soon be in season!