I went to a Pork Masterclass at Restaurant Atelier in Glebe and was so inspired.
It was the first time I had been in a professional kitchen and the chef Darren is an incredible bloke, he instantly made us feel welcome and at home.
One of the dishes he demonstrated for us was pork belly confit. I have never cooked confit before but Darren made it seem so achievable, and so with Mothers Day approaching I had a reason to cook something special.
The pork belly is placed in a roasting dish with fat, covered with foil and then cooked on low in the oven for 5 hours.
It is brought to room temperature then wrapped in cling film and left in the fridge overnight with weight on top.
The belly is then cut into neat slices and the skin crisped up in a pan.
It was perfect.
The skin was beautifully crisp, and the meat melt in your mouth.
I am still astonished that I was able to create such a dish.
What else did the class show me? Well we ate loads of porky samples!
And how to cook a crispy pork belly.
We got to see every stage of the pork belly confit process.
And of course taste its deliciousness.
You would not believe the pork 'bubble', achieved by drying out the skin and deep frying.
In case all that (plus more) wasn't enough, you then sit down and enjoy an amazing meal together.
The pork shoulder was roasted for 12 hours, the meat falling apart and the skin perfectly crackled.
It was served with a gorgeous sauce (Darren also showed us how to create) and wonderful sides of freshly smoked pine mushrooms, fresh salad and chickpea ragout.
Want to join a #porkfest masterclass too? Well on the last sunday of each month you can.
Just contact the lovely Karen (via twitter - if you are not a twitterer I'm happy to contact Karen for you) but be quick because I am positive places are snapped up!