RELAX – Enjoy Time At Home
You may not be able to head to your favorite restaurant right now but can enjoy some quality time at home. Why not create new memories, cook up a little something special, and make the most of this time.
Also, with spending so much time at home due to the pandemic, it is important to stay connected with friends and family if only via Zoom or telephone.
Just like everyone else we are remaining at home with the occasional trip to the market and maybe a nice drive in the country.
We are trying to make things special while enjoying some relaxation here in our new home in the Lowcountry. Did we mention how much we LOVE Bluffton? There are so many beautiful places to explore while still staying safe and protecting ourselves from Covid. Just a short drive into town or looking at the river can add to your day.
We have mostly opted to cook all of our meals at home and avoid take out or dining out. Since we have our 91-year-old father here with us, we are being extra careful with any unnecessary interaction with others.
It is challenging to come up with a variety of meals that are not too complicated and that are yummy. Every week we plan our meals and shop for all of the ingredients. Sometimes we make a “tried and true” recipe and other times we try something new. Of course, we always “tweak” the recipe a bit to our taste preferences. This week’s “test and taste” recipe was a big hit.
Delicious Pork Tenderloin Recipe
This recipe for Hoisin Glazed Pork Tenderloin is one of those recipes that is so incredibly tasty that you would think that it required a lot of fussing. The fresh lime zest and juice really add that extra element to this dish, offering a unique tartness to the dish. You can even add a little freshly grated ginger if you really want to add some Asian flavors. If you like pork you will love this! It’s “easy peasy” and perfect for a quick meal. We like to serve this with either sugar snap peas and rice for that Asian twist or last night we served it with some leftover cheesy potatoes and fresh broccolini. Delish!
Hoisin Glazed Pork Tenderloin
- December 30, 2020
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- 1 package of pork tenderloin (most come with two small tenderloins)
- 1/3 cup hoisin sauce (you can get this in most markets)
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (we used red wine vinegar and it was just fine)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Zest and juice from one lime
- 1 sweet onion thinly sliced
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Step 1
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Step 2
- In a small bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, vinegar, honey, lime zest, and lime juice
- Step 3
- Place sliced onions in a single layer on a baking sheet
- Step 4
- Season the pork with salt and pepper
- Step 5
- Brush half of the glaze mixture over the pork
- Step 6
- Cover with foil and bake for 25-45 minutes until pork is almost cooked through
- Step 7
- Remove the foil, brush the remaining glaze on to the pork
- Step 8
- Place the pork under the broiler for 5-8 minutes until a crust forms on the top
- Step 9
- Check the internal temperature to make sure it is 140-150 degrees
- Step 10
- Remove from oven and let pork rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving
- Step 11
Things To Do
Here are a few things that we are doing to keep ourselves stimulated and busy during our time at home:
- Order a good book from the local library. Most have a curbside pick up so you do not even need to go inside
- Take a long walk outside if your weather permits. The fresh air is invigorating and the benefits of exercise are endless
- Rearrange items in your house. Move things from one room to another for a change
- Research some travel destinations for the future. There will be a time when we can FINALLY travel again
- Organize that closet that you never had time to complete
- Take a hot bubble bath just before bed
- Light some candles and enjoy a glass of wine (or two) after dinner
- Sleep in when you feel like it
- Arrange for a Zoom visit with your friends. It’s not like being together in person, but can be a fun way to keep in touch
- Enjoy a cuppa tea in the afternoon and a small treat
- Indulge in some fresh flowers. We just got a dozen roses from our local market for under $10 and they are so beautiful on our breakfast table and in our powder room
- Binge-watch something on TV
- Go through photos and create albums or scan pictures and make a memory book
- Take time to enjoy a second cup of coffee in the morning – no rushing
We try to think of the things that we longed to do when we were extremely busy with work. We are semi-retired now and have time to enjoy the simple things in life. Take the time now, as you do not know what the future holds.