Braised Pork Shin with Saffron Mashed Potatoes

Continuing on my trip through the highlights of Simon Hopkinson’s The Good Cook, this week’s choice is back on form. Hopkinson at his best, with an Anglicisation of an Italian classic – Osso Buco with Saffron Risotto. Braised Pork Shin with Saffron Mashed Potatoes substitutes cheap, easily obtainable pork shin for veal shin, and potatoes for rice. The white wine braise is very much like in Osso Buco recipes. The resultant sauce is a match made in heaven for the saffron flavoured mash, and a slightly tweaked gremolata gives the whole assemblage a fresh, slightly acidic lift. Anyhow, last week...

Preparing for the weekend’s food

After last week’s success with a recipe from Simon Hopkinson’s The Good Cook, we’ve decided on another foray into those pages this weekend. We’ve chosen a pair of chicken recipes that give two meals from one chicken. They’re Poached Chicken with Saffron Sauce and CucumberĀ for Saturday, followed by Hot Chicken Salad with Sweet Mustard DressingĀ on Sunday. OK, they may be a bit summery for December, but what the heck!