This is one of my mother’s recipes – a melding of sweet sherry (I use port), cream, mushrooms and pork fillet. Quick and easy – useful for anyone who wants to give their mother a holiday from the kitchen. Minus the rice of course the creamy pork freezes…. when unfreezing add a bit more port to moisten.

Listen to Si tu vois ma mère at the bottom of this post as you read through this recipe.

Garnish, if you like, with fried sage leaves.

We are very nearly into April which means that the first batches of watercress may be appearing. The peppery taste of the watercress is much more rich, deep and interesting than rocket (a ubiquitous fashionable fad, inferior in every way), and as the harbinger of a wider variety of green things to come it’s a welcome bright taste after a winter of roots. A salad of watercress goes well with this.


Recipe for pork fillet in sour cream and port


for two


  • pork fillet recipe2 cups (480 ml) – the important point here is that it is twice the amount of the rice – water
  • 2 knobs of butter (approx 10g)
  • 1 cup (7 oz, 200g) of cooked basmati rice
  • 1 chicken stock cubes
  • ½lb/225g pork fillet, cut up into small thin ‘chips’ max 1” long
  • 1 knob/10g/1 tbsp butter
  • ¼lb/110g chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • ¼pt/5 fl oz/150 ml carton sour cream – or a little more if you have a big pot of sour cream
  • 1 tbsp port (my mother used sweet sherry)
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • smoked salt and Indonesian long pepper


watercress salad:

  • 100g/4oz bag watercress and spinach (take off any thick stems)
  • 10 grinds of pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp thick balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. boil water
  2. put a knob of butter in a casserole dish and melt
  3. add rice, stir to cover with the melted butter
  4. measure out one cup of boiling water, dissolve the stock cubes in it
  5. add the stock, the rest of the water, and stir in the turmeric, salt and pepper
  6. put the lid on the pan and either put in the bottom right aga oven for 15 minutes, or turn down the heat of the hob and continue to cook for about 15 minutes, resisting the temptation to fiddle with it!



  1. fry onion in a knob of butter until translucent
  2. add mushrooms
  3. add meat and fry at a higher heat
  4. leave to cool a bit, make the salad dressing, then…
  5. add the port and tomato puree; also the sour cream
  6. season, taste and serve!


pork fillet recipe


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