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Pork With Spiced Pears

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4 x 225g/8oz pork chops
15ml/1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 small clove garlic, peeled and crushed
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch ground cardamom
1.25m1/ teaspoon ground ginger
140ml/ pint/ cup dry cider
2-3 firm pears, peeled, cored and sliced
15ml/1 tablespoon cornflour/cornstarch
45ml/3 tablespoons water
White pepper


Serves: 4


Put the oil in a small dish, add the onions and garlic, cook on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir in the spices and cook on HIGH for 1 minute. Add the cider and the pears, mix well, cover and cook on HIGH for 8-10 minutes until the pears are soft, stirring occasionally.

Mix the cornflour/cornstarch with the water and add to the pears. Cook on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring once, until thickened. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

Arrange the chops in a circle in a shallow dish, cover and cook on HIGH for 10 minutes or until cooked, turning over and re-arranging halfway through the cooking time. Arrange the chops on a serving dish and pour the sauce over. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 minutes to reheat the sauce, if necessary.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Microwave cooking time: 20-25 minutes

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