Failed: Jamie Oliver’s Pork Chops Recipe

What’s up with me posting a food related stuff here instead at Messy Witchen?
Let me tell you my story…

I have not touched Jamie Oliver’s cookbook for the longest time. Decided to pick a simple pork chop recipe from The Naked Chef Takes Off cookbook. But whatdyaknow? My pork chop dish was a failure. It was too lemony and I overcooked the pork chops. Ohh it was so difficult to chew. LOL. Also the pork chops color is a dull light brown. Not appetizing at all. I don’t think I will ever attempt this recipe again because I didn’t really like the overall taste. Truthfully I’ve never had any success with his recipes. I wonder why? Am I that bad a cook?

Anyway although the dish went kaput, the photos I took during the making and final outcome weren’t bad at all (based on my taste la kekeke). So I thought why not post those failed recipes photos here (in order not to waste my effort)… recipes that I don’t plan to try again.

So here…

Since I only used 4 pork chops instead of the recommended 8, I reduces the rosemary+lemon marinade to half… but as you already know it was too lemony. Hmmm. Hey at least I’ve eaten the rosemary from my very own pot!

Reason for the overcooked pork chops is because the potatoes and carrot took a very long time to cook and by that time my chops are already overcooked. I should have remove them from oven first. Also no matter what I cook next time, must remember to slice potatoes and carrots into smaller portion. LOL *malu-malu

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  • Reply annant October 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    i have tried following the cook book to cook few dishes before. but no matter how precisely i am, the end result still varies from what’s shown in the cook book lo 🙁 i think they photoshopped the picha until leng leng con us one :S

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      I think got some ‘kung fu’/additional method they didn’t include in the recipe. Yalor for this recipe, the picture of the pork chops look so nice (golden brown) but mine is plain light brown. Hate cookbooks that are not precise.

  • Reply Adino October 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Yeah agree about the methods not included. I guess sometimes they assume we know the methods, but then we asians might not be used to those methods.

    Nevermind la, after trying a few times you will be producing juicy pork chops. Don’t give up now!

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      Ya that’s the problem. I will not give up. Will try other pork chops recipe. 🙂

  • Reply Dawn October 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Pre-cook the carrots and potatoes a little, or cover the dish with foil and take the foil off for 5 minutes and switch from bake to broil (grill, I think) to brown the meat. Or (learned this from the hubs) broil the chops till it’s brown, then add the veggies in, and cover it with foil to seal in the moisture.

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you! Will try with another recipe. Didn’t realize the oven dial has a grill knob. Haha

  • Reply jam October 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Hey, it doesn’t look bad at all! Perhaps the taste gave it away as you said. Dun giv up, keep working and you will come up with good pork chop!

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Doesn’t look bad right? I was so pumped up but the moment I dig in the chop… I have the aiyarrrr moment. Haha

  • Reply foongpc October 19, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Actually the photos look pretty good! Are you sure the taste was lousy? LOL!

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Yup very lousy. Ate 1 chop, the rest had to discard. At least the side; potatoes, carrot and pears didn’t go to waste.

  • Reply keeyit October 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    practise make perfect 🙂
    you are considering a good cook.. at least better than me..
    u know i just learn how to cook spagetti… paisehh…

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Nvm, slow-slow learn. Learn until cook sedap ya. 🙂
      My spaghetti not that great either. I make my own sauce, different from the norm. Haha

      • Reply keeyit October 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        you make your own sauce ya…
        I just use the prego le.. but cook together with meat and put little sugar or prawn.. next time u share your recipe.. thanks ya..

        • Reply Che-Cheh October 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

          I used Prego few years back but since they hike their price, I no longer buy them. And I haven’t cook pasta for quite awhile now. Will share if I cook them. 🙂

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