Bitter Melon

A good farmer’s market is a wonderful thing.  Fresh produce, friendly people, street musicians, and fresh morning air make for a fun Saturday morning.  Inevitably, I come across a food item at the market that I have never seen before, much less ever tried to cook.  When this happens, I like to talk to the farmer/vendor about what the food is and how to cook it.  If I have the time to experiment and a few extra dollars, I will go ahead and buy some to try cooking at home.  This past Saturday I came across a new food: bitter melon.

After talking to the farmer about the food and how to cook it, I decided to give it a try.  I was advised to cook it with egg, pork, and tomato.  After I got home, I found a recipe online and e-mailed a good friend back in Indiana (who is a great cook) to help guide my cooking experiment.  Here is what happened:

1.) Peel and chop up four tomatoes.

2.) Slice 1/2 onion.

3.) Peel the melon, scrape out the seeds and cut into small pieces (I used three melons).

4.) Cut up the pork (I used about 2 pounds).  Stir fry in oil with two heaping teaspoons of minced garlic.

5.) When the meat is cooked, add tomatoes, onion, and about 1 cup of chicken broth.

6.) After it has simmered for a while, add salt, pepper, and the bitter melon.

7.) Then add two eggs and let simmer about 5 minutes.  And it’s done!

The melon is a little bitter, but with the pork and the tomatoes, it tastes great.  A happy ending to a farmer’s market experiment. :)

About Katiehttps://thoughtsong.wordpress.comI like to dabble in writing out thoughts on scripture and life events.  Music, to me, is a dear friend, the structure that organizes my thoughts, and the feelings of my heart. Most of my time, however, is spent Teaching and Homemaking (especially trying to create hygge and live as a gluten-free baker). Take all these things away and I still have my true identity: I'm a sinner saved by grace and who dearly loves the Savior who first loved her. And that's really all that matters.

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