Porc aux lentilles

Phoenix’ family visited recently for a BBQ, and left most of a bottle of white wine. What else to do than cook up a lovely dish of porc aux lentilles, with guest stars mustard and white wine? For me, it reminds me of France, and the recipe I use is from Marmiton. A translation – with modifications – follows.


  • 2 nice pork filets mignons
  • 125g diced bacon (or 1-2 rashers)
  • 3 French shallots (or one large brown onion, if relatively sweet)
  • 2 carrots (or 4 baby carrots)
  • 1 celery branch (or 3, if you’d like to up the vege content – I do!)
  • 1 leek
  • 4-6 button mushrooms (optional)
  • 400g lentils
  • 2 dessert spoons flour
  • 1 dessert spoon mustard
  • 400ml dry white wine
  • bouquet garni or stock cube


  1. Finely chop the vegetables, keeping the shallots to one side. Brown the pork, bacon and shallots, cooking for 5-10 mins.
  2. Add the vegetables, white wine and herbs/stock. Cover and simmer for approximately 35 mins.
  3. Reserve the pork fillets, then drain the lentils and add them to the vegetable mix. Mix the flour, mustard, and a little water, and add it to the mix. Simmer, uncovered, to thicken.
  4. Slice the pork fillets and serve on a bed of the vegetables.

Shirtdress samples!

One of my fashionable girlfriends is living overseas and thus isolated from her usual fashion sources. So, she’s been watching new TV shows for the fashion, and has picked shirtdresses to be big for spring/summer. I hope she’s right, as I love a good shirtdress. Spring is upon us, too: cherry blossoms are out and Floriade is approaching. So, a few quick shirtdresses to sample for spring/summer!


Herringbone, AUD$299

My favourite for spring/summer is the beautiful yellow Prince of Wales shirtdress from Herringbone, in Egyptian cotton. I adore the flared skirt!

David Lawrence, AUD$179

In my current obsession, cobalt, I spotted this crisp number. A work possibility, perhaps?

ASOS, approx AUD$78

This one looks lovely & light for summer: perfect with some strappy sandals.


This blend of two trends is pitch-perfect: lace and shirtdress combined. Very tempted!

Another work-appropriate piece is this navy linen dress from Sportscraft. AUD $229.
Another workplace-appropriate shirtdress. Here, I’m a fan of the twisted draping & hidden buttons.