This recipe is in an old Polish style – po staropolsku with its use of prunes and caraway seeds.
I prefer to use prunes with the stones in and I usually buy then from a Nut & Dried Fruit stall in Leeds Kirkgate Market. However in January 2017 there were no prunes with stones on the market. The lady on the stall said this was because of a very poor harvest – so I used stoned prunes to try out this recipe for the photographs for this post.
This recipe uses a method of cooking which is called duszone – that translates from Polish as suffocated but also when used in cooking as braised however I think suffocated is much more evocative.
You will need a roasting tin with a lid.
A joint of pork is first sealed by browning it on all sides and then it is placed in a roasting dish with a little liquid and then a lid is placed over the contents and the dish is cooked in an oven. Meat cooked this way is very succulent.
800g boneless pork loin joint
Note You can always scale up this recipe for a larger piece of pork.
2 onions – finely chopped
1 tablespoon of plain flour
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt & ground black pepper
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
At least an hour before you want to cook the pork, put the prunes in a small bowl and pour boiling water over the prunes to cover them.
Leave them to plump up and then remove the stones from the prunes. (I left mine for 4 hours).
Retain the liquid from the soaking as this will be needed.
Pre heat the oven to Gas Mark 3 – 1600C
Coat the joint with the flour, salt and pepper.
In a frying pan, melt the butter, add the oil and on a high heat, brown all the sides of the joint.
Put the meat and the frying juices into the roasting tin.
Put the prunes and onions around the pork and add the liquid from the soaking of the prunes, put on the lid and place the dish into the oven.
About 1 ¼ hours should be enough for this weight.
Take out the pork and place it on a warm serving dish, cover with foil, and leave in a warm place whilst you finish the prunes.
Stir the caraway seeds into the onion and prune mixture and heat this up on the top of the stove to thicken for 2 to 3 minutes.
Cut the pork into thick slices and place them on a platter or serving dish and put the prune & onion mixture around them.
Serve with boiled potatoes.
Here served on a bone china platter, Josephine Yellow
by Wedgwood, 1941 – 1964