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Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Cilantro Recipe

Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Cilantro Recipe

Juices from a pork tenderloin are out of this world. When marinated correctly with the right amount of ingredients, pork loins are one of the tastiest meats out there. What i love about this dish is the perfect marriage between the strong taste of cilantro neutralizing the unfavorable natural smell from pork and what becomes of this pairing is a taste buds inducing perfection and should be tried out by every foodie.

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    Pork tenderloin itself has 22 grams of protein in a 3 oz serving. With only 3.5g of fat and 1g of saturated fat, pork tenderloin is one of the leanest meats out there. Not only that, tenderloins are richly packed with zinc and selenium which helps in maintaining your body’s immune system and fertility. Vitamin B-12 can also be found in pork tenderloins which are responsible for making red blood cells, keep your nerves functioning optimally and helps to synthesize DNA.

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      Ingredients:

      1. Brine
        • 1 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper flakes
        • 1 tablespoon boiling water
        • 2 cups apricot nectar
        • 2 cups water
        • 1/2 cup kosher salt
        • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
        • 10 garlic cloves, peeled, halved, germ removed, and grated on a Microplane grater
        • One 6 1/2- to 7-pound pork loin
      2. Seasoning
        • 2 tablespoons mild chili powder, preferably Chimayo, Ancho, or Hatch
        • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
        • 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
        • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
        • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
        • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
        • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground fresh black pepper
        • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
        • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
        • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
      3. Glaze
        • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
        • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
        • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
        • 1 garlic clove, peeled, halved, germ removed, and grated on a Microplane grater
        • About 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
        • Fleur de sel
        • Finely ground fresh black pepper

      Instructions:

      1. Place the pepper flakes in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes to hydrate the flakes. Combine all the brine ingredients in a blender, or in a large bowl using an immersion/stick blender. Stir in the pepper flakes and the soaking water.
      2. Place the loin in an extra-large resealable plastic bag, pour the brine over the top, squeeze out any excess air from the bag, and close. Roll the bag to evenly coat the meat. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or up to 12.
      3. Preheat an indirect barbecue with a drip pan and fruitwood (preferably apple), a ceramic cooker with deflector plate and fruitwood (preferably apple), or a charcoal or gas grill with a box or packet of fruitwood (preferably apple) to 250°F.
      4. Combine all of the seasoning blend ingredients.
      5. Place all of the glaze ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to combine. Set aside.
      6. Remove the loin from the brine and lightly pat dry with paper towels.
      7. Sprinkle the rub evenly on all sides.
      8. Using your hands or a brush, evenly, but lightly, coat the loin with canola oil.
      9. Insert a remove thermometer into the center of the meat.
      10. Place the loin in the cooker and cook until the internal temperature reaches 135°F, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
      11. Give the glaze a quick shake to reincorporate any ingredients that may have settled. Brush the loin with the glaze and return to the cooker until the internal temperature reaches 145°F, about 15 minutes. At this point the meat will be slightly pink in the center; cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes for more well-done.
      12. Pour about half of the remaining glaze on a cutting board and top with the loin. Let rest for 10 minutes.
      13. Slice the meat into 1/4-inch slices. Dredge the slices in the glaze, adding additional as needed to coat the exposed sides. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and pepper.

      Note:

      • If you are pressed for time, skip the brine! The glaze itself can create wonders.
      • Most ingredients can be found at your local supermarket, but if you do not have any equipment or uncommon ingredients at your disposable, do feel free to skip them.

      Featured photo credit: Glazed Pork Loin via thefoodcharlatan.com

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      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

      Con #4: Unique Distractions

      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

      Final Thoughts

      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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