Crispy crackling pork belly

On Wednesday night I attended a 3 Seeds Cooking School class and learnt how to get the pork belly crackling really crispy. I thought for tonight’s dinner I would try to replicate the dish. I spent most of the day thinking about how I was going to cook dinner. All I could think of was crispy crackling.

To start the day though I enjoyed an egg on an English muffin along with some Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade. After the grocery shopping I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and enjoyed some coffee and cake as well as seeing a pelican.

Saturday breakfast. Fried egg on English muffin with Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade.
Saturday breakfast. Fried egg on English muffin with Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade.
Coffee and cake at Heather's House of Cake.
Coffee and cake at Heather’s House of Cake.

The caramel popcorn cupcake was really nice. The mocha also hit the spot nicely.

Saturday morning on Lake Ginninderra
Saturday morning on Lake Ginninderra

This is an high dynamic range photograph of Lake Ginninderra this morning.

Pelican on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra

 

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a pelican on Lake Ginninderra.


 

For lunch I tried to be simple and had some smoked salmon on a plain bagel.

Saturday lunch. Smoked salmon on a bagel.
Saturday lunch. Smoked salmon on a bagel.

I dedicated the afternoon to cooking my pork belly dinner.

Crispy crackling pork belly
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: [url href=”https://about.me/garydlum” target=”_blank”]Gary Lum[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Pork belly
  • [cap align=”alignnone” width=”800″][url href=”undefined”][img src=”http://yummylummy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015-08-29_15.24.59_001_GARY_LUM_FB.jpg” width=”800″ height=”594″ class=” size-full” title=”Pork belly” alt=”Pork belly from Coles”][/url]Pork belly from Coles[/cap]
  • Onion
  • Sweet potato
  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Granny smith apple
  • Red capsicum
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • [cap align=”alignnone” width=”800″][url href=”undefined”][img src=”http://yummylummy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015-08-29_15.21.45_001_GARY_LUM_FB.jpg” width=”800″ height=”744″ class=” size-full” title=”Vegetables for dinner” alt=”Vegetables for dinner”][/url]Vegetables for dinner[/cap]
  • Sweet corn
Instructions
  1. Wrap the sweet corn in foil after wetting it under running water
  2. Roughly chop or slice all the vegetables and fruit and lay in the bottom of a baking tray
  3. Dry the skin of the pork belly
  4. Score the rind with a sharp knife penetrating the skin and fat
  5. Rub in oil and salt flakes until it feels soapy and then rub some more
  6. Lay the pork belly on the mirepoix
  7. Surround the pork meat with scrunched up baking paper to protect it while cooking
  8. Place the corn and baking tray in a hot oven 220 °C (fan forced) for 30 minutes
  9. Turn the oven down to 150 °C for 30 minutes
  10. Remove everything out of the oven and allow everything to rest
  11. Cut the pork belly into rectangular prisms
  12. Plate up
  13. Shoot a photograph
  14. Eat the meal
  15. Wash the dishes
  16. Write the recipe
  17. Blog (verb)
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Vegetables for dinner
Vegetables for dinner
Pork belly from Coles
Pork belly from Coles
RSPCA Pork belly from Coles product information
RSPCA Pork belly from Coles product information
Mirepoix
Mirepoix
Mirepoix with balsamic vinegar
Mirepoix with balsamic vinegar
Pork belly with oil and salt rubbed in
Oil and salt rubbed in
Pork belly and Mirepoix
Belly of happiness laid over the Mirepoix
Wrapped Pork belly and Mirepoix
Wrapped happiness and Mirepoix
Pork belly crackling
Crispy crackling
Saturday dinner. Pork belly with vegetables and sweet corn. Close up of crackling.
Saturday dinner. Pork belly with vegetables and sweet corn. Close up of crackling.
Saturday dinner. Pork belly with vegetables and sweet corn.
Saturday dinner. Crispy crackling close up.
Saturday dinner. Pork belly with vegetables and sweet corn.
Saturday dinner. Pork belly with vegetables and sweet corn.

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Saturday breakfast. Fried egg on English muffin with Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade.
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