The first thing I thought of when I saw this recipe was, “Dates? EW.” A la Jimmy Fallon.
Nevertheless, I plunged ahead staying loyal to my good friend Betty. Let me tell you, dates are GOOD. They’re like less tangy grapes and they’re not shriveled up like raisins. They have a mild flavor but are still sweet. I’m a fan and can’t wait to see what other recipes I can add dates to (since you can’t buy only 3/4 cup of dates at a time).
My recipe says “Jumbo muffins” but apparently I can’t read so I only made 6 regular sized muffins.
I also had never cooked couscous before. Both my husband and I thought it was a type of duck meat. Surprise! It’s like qinoa or rice! It’s essentially tasteless and only add texture. Interesting. It wasn’t bad.
The pork was AMAZING. It was so easy to cook. The salsa added so much flavor to the dish and actually paired really well with the sweet potatoes. The recipe calls for a couple of tablespoons of honey, but it didn’t stand out in the dish. Maybe my palette isn’t refined enough.
I went through all the trouble to buy and chop up cilantro then forgot to add it to the top of the dish. FAIL. Just look at the picture and imagine fresh cilantro sprinkled on top.
I’m not usually a fan of broccoli, but this side dish was amazing. I will warn that the sesame seed oil is very very strong. The soy sauce just adds so much flavor.
My husband was convinced I was trying to feed him some sort of asian dish. I guess the broccoli fitted that theme, but I’m not sure that pork loin and salsa is asian cuisine.