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Melissa Palinkas: pork + plums

It might be an unusual pairing but they work in harmony on the plate.

Pork jowl and plums
Serves 2


  • 1 smoked pork jowl
  • 2 plums
  • 50gms hazelnuts toasted, shelled & crushed
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 60ml honey
  • Baby mustard leaves


Heat frypan on low to medium heat and line with grease proof paper. This will stop it from sticking.

Brush the pork jowl with honey & dust the pork jowl with five spice. Pan fry the pork  until golden and caramelised on each side, then put aside and let rest.

Slice the plums and toss with the mustard leaves and a little vinaigrette.

Slice the jowl and place on a plate. Put the plums and mustard leaf salad on the top of the jowl then a pinch of five spice. Drizzle honey over and scatter the hazelnuts over the top.

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