Pork with Wine and Coriander (Afelia)Papa G’s Pork with Wine and Coriander (Afelia): yum!

Perfect for the winter and ideal for those eating a low carb, paleo diet, Papa G’s traditional Cypriot dish of pork with wine and coriander is both tasty and filling.

pork afelia

This delicate dish is often on the specials board at George’s restaurants: The Olive Tree in Leeds.

pork afelia

Ingredients:

1 kg pork fillet or boneless leg
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
300 ml red wine
2 bay leaves
1 stick of cinnamon approx 7 cm long
4 tablespoons of sunflower or vegetable oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To garnish:
A handful of fresh coriander roughly chopped

Method:

Cut the pork into small cubes about 2cm long, discarding any excess fat. Crush the coriander seeds coarsely with a pestle and mortar or a coffee grinder. In a large bowl, mix the pork with the coriander, wine, bay leaves and cinnamon stick and leave to marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once this has taken place, take the meat out of the marinade with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Keep the marinade for later.

In a heavy based saucepan, heat the oil and fry the cubes of meat a few at a time until golden brown. Add the marinade, bring to the boil and add enough water to cover the meat. Add seasoning to taste and cook over a low heat with the pan covered for 30-35 minutes or until the meat is tender. Most of the liquid should be evaporated, leaving a thick sauce.

Serve on warm plates and garnish with fresh coriander.

The ingredients of the sauce can also be used as a vegetarian alternative with vegetables of your choice.

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34 Responses

  1. Lilinha Espindula

    Yummy!!! I love afelia, I should try this recipe as it looks so tasty! 🙂
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    • honestmum

      @Jenny Paulin thank you, it really is, perfect winter fare!x
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  2. Kate Veggie Desserts

    Hi, I’m new to Tasty Tuesdays! Big wave. Looking forward to checking out the other posts on the link. K
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    • honestmum

      @Kate wonderful to have you Kate, thanks for linking up!
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  3. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!!

    That looks amazing. I’ve linked up a selection of turnip recipes of which I recommend the Bacon and Turnip Bake best
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    • honestmum

      @Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! How fab, thanks!
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  4. oana79

    Oh,Vicki, this is mouth watering. I love cinnamon so I would have no problem gobbling it up 🙂
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  5. Mel

    This looks delicious, and warming! Thanks for sharing! Mel
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  6. sarahhillwheeler

    This looks lovely. I love pork and this dish has the distinct advantage that it looks good too, my pork casserole tastes great but resembles road kill. And that it’s low on carbs is a plus (need to make amends for all those creamy sauces and puds). I will be buying some pork from the local butcher this week!
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    • honestmum

      @sarahhillwheeler I do think it can be hard to make casseroles and pork dishes pretty but I’m sure yours is fab. I think Papa G has done well too! x
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    • honestmum

      @Hurrah For Gin! Hehe! If only you weren’t so far away you could have done! Tonnes here!
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  7. Ellen

    That looks lush, I might even have go at this tonight!!
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    • honestmum

      @Ellen thank you, you should! It’s delish!
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    • honestmum

      @Jo thanks very much, it’s so tasty and filling!
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  8. mascara and mud

    that looks soo good! a stick of cinnamon and pork eh, who would ‘ve thought?!
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    • honestmum

      @Mascara and mud, haha, the Greeks/ Cypriots! They love cinnamon in everything!
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  9. Babes about Town

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love coriander, another one on my to-cook list for sure 😉 I’m joining in this week with a quickie but a goodie x
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    • honestmum

      @BabesaboutTown oh you will LOVE this Uju x
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  10. Carolin

    That looks amazing and I love coriander.
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    • honestmum

      @Carolin thank you, I love coriander too, think you will enjoy this x
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    • honestmum

      @Capture by Lucy, thanks, it’s so quick and simple, great for a Friday night dinner x
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