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Fresh citrus and lime marinate for pork

fresh citrus marinate for pork

We order our meat every few months in bulk direct from a farm. This month we ordered from a different local farm and I have a freezer completely full of free range pork and beef, approximately 80 kilos! I got a little excited with my order as we recently got a long awaited new (to us) freezer.

Needless to say, with all of this meat on hand, I am working on ways to cook the different cuts and incorporate some new recipes. I am not 100% sure what the cut is that is shown in the above image. It was one of a few cuts that were un-labelled. Regardless of the exact cut I knew I was going to slow roast it with a fresh zesty, sticky marinate. The marinate in the recipe below is sticky and fresh, especially with the addition of the additional lime and fresh herbs to serve. It is perfectly matched to pork. I have also used this marinate with grilled pork chops and it was equally enjoyable. The longer you leave the meat to marinate the more infused the flavours. If you get a chance, add it to the meat the night prior to cooking.

If you are a fan of roast pork you will notice that I completely botched the crackle when cooking this piece of meat. None of my family eat crackle so it was a gigantic miss for me. For the rest of the family the skin is removed prior to serving each time I make a pork roast.

Sourcing meat direct from the farm is a regular purchasing choice for our family, and has been since 2012. Generally I order the meat online and it is delivered to our door – a super easy way to save time and support a local farmer.  Purchasing local meat not only means fewer food miles, it also supports my local community. As a result it is our primary purchasing choice.

I have previously written about our experience of purchasing meat direct from the farm in this post .  My new book Grow Just One Thing – The first step in a fresh food journey includes a section on sourcing fresh local food in a way that saves time and money.

This is my recipe for Citrus and Lime Marinate for slow roasted pork. I hope that you enjoy it.

Fresh citrus and lime marinate for pork
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Total time
A sticky sweet marinate to compliment slow roasted pork
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed
  • fresh parsley leaves to serve
  • additional fresh lime to serve
  • Choice of pork cut
  1. Combine the marinate ingredients
  2. Keep the fresh parsley leaves and additional lime aside to serve.
  3. Pour the marinate over the meat and allow it to marinate for at least 3 hours in the fridge The longer it marinates, the more the flavour will infuse the meat
  4. Cook the cut of meat as desired and serve topped with fresh parsley leaves and an additional squeeze of lime.
Cook time depends on the cut of meat chosen.
Have you tried buying your meat direct from the farm?


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Share your autumn garden

Garden Share Collective – April 2016

The last Monday of the month has come around again and we are about to head into MAY! I don’t want to state the obvious but I need my brain to skip from Christmas towards the middle of the year.

The Garden Share Collective is a monthly online get- together of vegetable garden enthusiasts sharing the progress of their garden.  Each month a theme is published via the Facebook group to direct the month’s content. This month the theme is save.

The theme “save” has had me scratching my head trying to think of something new to write given that in the past I have written about:

This month, I am saving the themed post content for  next month – ha see what I did there!?

This could very possibly be seen as cheating given that I am the one who sets the theme, along with Kate from Rosehips and Rhubarb.

Please don’t get me wrong, I will have much more to write about the theme of “save” in the garden. Right now,  I just can’t for the life of me think of anything …..

Instead – this is what has been happening in my kitchen garden this month:

The last tomato plants have been removed from the garden this week after two last harvests of beautiful tomatoes. I will miss them…The garden has also had a tidy with many plants being cut back and the soil re-worked with compost and cow manure added.

very last tomatoes

The cucumbers are still producing.

I’ve been waiting to pull out the plant to make way for new season plants there is still fruit growing. We are totally sick of eating them but I can’t bear to remove the plant while it is still productive.

Cucumber continues producing


This month I am adding the seedlings to the garden that were grown from seeds over the past month.

Kale seedlings

I have planted kale into the garden this week – beside the nasturtiums to protect them and under glass jars until they become established.

Kale in cloche

Numerous rocket plants, some extra peas, lettuce and more fennel have also been planted.

autumn vegetable garden

I had intended to plant my garlic this month but have failed to get to it. I will do so in the coming weeks, along with onions and some broccoli seed.

Peas are my favourites of the autumn plants. They are just beginning to produce pods.



In the coming weeks these seeds will be planted :

  • beetroot
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • chicory
  • coriander
  • plus some more “Backyard Buddies” from EcoOrganic Garden to attract and shelter beneficial insects.

Harvesting this month:

Summer produce has continued this month as the autumn plants start to develop:

  • capsicum
  • cucumber
  • eggplant
  • feijoa
  • herbs – basil, chives, coriander, mint, oregano, Vietnamese mint
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini

Things to do in the coming month:

  • plant garlic
  • work the compost and add what I can to the garden beds
  • remove the last summer plants
  • weed
  • add the remaining seedlings to the garden that were planted as seed last month : corn flowers, spring onions and onions

What is happening in your garden this month? I am looking forward to hearing about it.

If you have a productive garden that you love to share please join us by simply adding your post to the link below or at Rosehips and Rhubarbs.





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