Sunday, 18 August 2013


Good Morning to you,

Recently we have baked quite a few deliciously rich cakes and desserts and  as lovely as they are, I thought it time that I shared one of my simple everyday recipes with you.  A dish that is easy to prepare, then placed into a casserole dish, popped into the oven and forgotten  about for  an hour or so.

Do you like the sound of that?  I thought you might, so today we are going to make,

a Pork and Vegetable Casserole..... now that does sound a little healthier doesn't it.

So let us begin, it's on with the apron and the music I am listening to today is,

Norah Jones..... Feels Like Home.  Norah's music is soothing and perfect for when a day is just floating by, as this music puts you in a very good place. You can often here me singing along to "Feels Like Home".


1 large onion
4 carrots
2 sweet potatoes

1 or 2 cloves of garlic dependent on your taste

1 tin of Passata
1 tin of tomatoes
2 or 3 fresh tomatoes chopped.
Whatever you have in your store cupboard

8 new potatoes

4 pork chops

Olive oil about 2 tablespoons

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Gently brown the onions in  olive oil

When browned add the grated garlic
and cook for a minute

Chop the carrot and sweet potato into chunks
and add to the onion and garlic to
coat with olive oil


Cut the new potatoes in half and
add to the pan 

Add the Passata

Add a cup of water or if you prefer
a cup of stock

Whilst waiting for the tomato and vegetables
to heat through,

season  each side of the pork chop with
sea salt and black pepper, then
brown the chops in a separate pan.

Using a casserole dish,
layer some of the vegetables and tomato sauce
at the bottom of a casserole dish
then add two of the pork chops,

continue layering until you are left
with vegetables and tomato sauce on the top
of the casserole

Place the lid on the casserole dish
and place the casserole dish onto a baking tray,
this makes it easier to remove from the oven

Bake for 1 hour or until the vegetables are tender

...... and there you have it a delicious all in one supper.

This is a dish which is made up of vegetables I have left at the end of the week.  This week I had some spare carrots, sweet potatoes and new potatoes left in the vegetable tray.  This recipe isn't really about precise measurements, although I have recorded them for you, so that you can get an idea of the amounts.

Sometimes I will leave out the potatoes and add butter beans which we love...... and sometimes I leave out the pork chops and add sausages.

This is a simple recipe, as it is such a good way of using up those few vegetables which are left in the cupboard, but believe me this is not simple when it comes to taste as it makes  for a lovely supper.

Take care and I will see you later in the week.

This week I will be joining,



  1. Hi, my dear Daphne !!!!!Your recipe looks
    delicious and it is an excellent way of using up
    various vegetables which are left in the fridge !!
    I 'm sure it tastes delicious,too !!!!!Thank you
    for sharing it !!!!!

  2. This is a perfect recipe for a busy day, when you still want a delicious meal !
    Thank you, Daphne for sharing. ;)

  3. That looks so-o-o-o delicious. I just love all in one casserole dinners.

  4. My husband would like this. We both love a dish with lots of veggies that you can change up. Enjoy your day my friend!

  5. So yummy, this is what I call comfort food. I'll tuck it away for the coming cool weather I just can't bear the idea of turning on the oven in this 100* heat!

  6. Good Morning Daphne-
    I have decided to spend my morning having a visit with you, tea in hand.
    Today I will be cooking some of your delicious recipes you have shared recently. Beginning with today's Pork Vegetable Casserole. I can't decide which dessert to have...Banoffee Cheesecake, Raspberry Summer Dessert, or the Caramel Apple Cake.
    Your garden is truly beautiful, especially the St Swithun- it is positively the epitome of romance. Oh, and your flowers in Cypress- beautiful as well.
    I enjoyed your story of going to the Car Boot Sale, and the pretty blue and white planters, but my oh my, that cheese dish is a fabulous find.
    Honestly, I was not familiar with the term 'car boot sale' so I had to look it up on the internet, or as we say in our family "I had to ask the Googles".
    I've learned so much about the English lifestyle reading your blog, I have had to look up a number of things you mention. It's been fun learning new things, things that I am not accustom to hearing where I live.
    I'm excited to try making my own Mint Tea, I have a large area of mint in the garden, and an even larger area of Chocolate Mint out by the barn water faucet.
    When my lemons become ripe this Fall/Winter I will try my hand at your method of preserving them, in the past I have juiced my lemons and freeze the juice in ice trays for future use.
    I'm off now to put on my Tony Bennett Duets music and pick some mint for tea.
    I've decided on the Caramel Apple Cake for dessert tonight, as we have apples ripe in the orchard, oh and maybe, I'll slip in some Chocolate Strawberries, as I picked up some berries at the Farmer's Market yesterday.
    Have a lovely day, and thank you for sharing my morning with me.
    - Becka

  7. Hi Daphne,

    Looks and sounds delicious; lovely colours and textures! This is a hearty dish and I think it is also quite fitting with the weather getting a little cooler, no? Thanks for sharing all your great tips and pics@!

    Hope you are having a happy Sunday!


  8. OH this looks delicious Daphne - and again I'm reading your post at 7 in the morning, when I'm at my hungriest lol


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