Friday, August 2, 2013

It's August? -- Pork Sirloin with Cherry Cocoa Balsamic Compote

 It's already August. That's incredible. The summer is just slipping right on by. And, because I've been gone just about every weekend--this weekend I'll be at another reenactment actually--it feels like Fall is coming at breakneck speed.

But, you know what? I'm kind of okay with that. And, if you know me, those words have probably never been spoken, ever. I'm getting just a little excited for the smell of fallen leaves and being able to wear sweaters again. Usually I'm a Sundress Fiend during the summer, but my weight issues have left me rather conservative in that department, so I haven't been enjoying my sundresses as much this year. The ones I still fit into, anyway. And I've been to the beach a grand total of once, so my tan is rapidly disappearing too. Plus, my friend and I conceived the BEST Halloween idea over Watermelon Mojitos last night, so that got me thinking that I'm probably okay with my favorite holiday coming sooner rather than later.

Also I'm way excited for the Big E, which opens in September. Hands-down, the best fair, ever.

Anyways, it was a great week for friends, and I saw a whole bunch. First, I modeled wedding dresses for a friend's bridal show (she owns a bridal shop in town) with a few other friends modeling:

This booth was a TON of fun and I totally want one for my future fantasy wedding.

Then I visited my college besties in NY, where we apparently were channeling the Power Puff Girls in terms of wardrobe.

Except, when we did this in college Jill was the green one and Jessika was a bumblebee instead

Cory's 1 Year Smoke Free cookout was Sunday, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub, despite being nearly choked by the chlorine from it being recently cleaned.

Finally, my dear theater friend Kara left for Texas, so we had a going away party. It included an abundance of the cheapest shots I've ever encountered. $1.25 for lemon drops and birthday cake shots. On a MONDAY. Woo! The bar was super divey, and I would not go there without at least four other people, but I feel like next time I need some celebratory shots I know the place.

And Finn thinks he's a people. This is nothing new, but I finally got it caught on camera.

And he likes to imitate Cory, apparently.

AND, there were rehearsals for THIS, which opens on THURSDAY! :D If you live in Western Mass and want to check out my first-ever directing gig, AND my first ever written play (not the same one), message me for the deets!

Finally, it was also a very good week for food. My friends at Lisa Ekus were able to finagle me some samples of Boyajian products for me and I could not be happier with the selection. In all, I was sent a pack of citrus oils, a bottle of Wasabi oil, and a bottle of Cocoa Balsamic Vinegar. All smelled amazing and I couldn't wait to get cooking!

From the Boyajian website: 

I had two leftover Pork Sirloin from my Failed Pork Experiment from the Pintester Challenge and decided to take a friend's advice and simply pan fry the suckers. Even though I'm not the biggest pork fan, I know that pork is a perfect base for fruity flavors to play on, so armed with some Discount Grocery Store cherries (on sale for $3, WOO!) and my new cocoa balsamic, I got cooking.

Well, thanks Boyajian. I think I may have to stop saying "I'm not the biggest pork fan" anymore, because this was delicious. The fruit and pork were perfect together, not to mention those carrots, to be recipe'd in a later post. Absolutely amazing. I want to put cocoa balsamic on EVERYTHING, and, browsing the website, cocoa balsamic is only the beginning! Coffee, maple, pomegranate... So many amazing flavors. I want to try them all!

Grilled Pork Sirloin with Cherry Cocoa Balsamic Compote**

  • 2 pork sirloin steaks
  • 1 cup golden cherries, pitted and halved
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1/4 cup Boyajian Cocoa Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup moscato wine
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2+ tbs Boyajian garlic oil, optional

-To begin, I rubbed the pork sirloin steaks with the garlic oil and salt and pepper and let them sit while my grill pan heated. Season pork steaks as you'd like, and grill until cooked through.

-While pork is cooking, combine all remaining ingredients in a saucepan and cook over high heat, until cherries burst and release their juices. Reduce heat and let simmer until reduced by half. Taste, and add more or less liquid if desired.

-Serve compote over pork.

 *I was given free samples of the products listed, but all opinions are my own! This is NOT a paid post.
 **I need to get better at titles...

Happy Weekend, everyone! Have any fun summer plans? Extra points if they involve food. I know mine will!


  1. YUM!

    and omg that wedding show sounds like a blast!

  2. Yeah for starting to like pork! Now I recommend getting bone-in pork chops next time. Oh, so much good flavor and that little fat cap that's attachment. mmmm. . . .like butter. Pork and fruit compotes just belong together.

    1. Ohh I do love that! I go for bone-in whenever I can, it helps keep the meat moist. But these were on sale ;)

  3. It's super hot here so I'm okay with fall coming soon, too. :) I love pork and fruit together. This looks delicious and fast.

  4. You've been having an awesome summer! This pork dish makes me happy.... Love cherries!


  5. Ashley, a wonderful combination of flavors for your Pork and Compote but I also wanted to tell you that you look absolutely wonderful in that Wedding Dress, the pictures are just fabulous! And congratulations on that play!
    What an eventful week!

    1. Aw, thank you! Maybe someday I'll be wearing it for real ;)

  6. Wow you have a lot going on! Once Aug. 1 hits all I can think of is Fall and pumpkins and Halloween and all of that - my favorite time of the year. Your cat is so funny and your steaks look absolutely delicious! Love that compote.

  7. Summer is definitely flying by like crazy! I've been out of town on weekends too a lot lately and that's not helping! This pork sounds delicious - especially with all those cherries!

    1. It's going far too fast. It's already getting cold outside!

  8. These weeks are seriously FLYING by and to be honest I can't wait for fall either! It's my favorite favorite season. :)

    I just want to devour that compote.

  9. Really pretty photos of you guys :) Love the sauce mix. How funny is that shot of them on the couch!