I love to cook for the ancestors. In one of my spiritual houses the reading for this year requires we leave ancestor food offerings daily. Another one of my spiritual houses has me responsible for cooking for the Gods, goddesses and attendees, and even in my own spiritual house we frequently come together and honor those that have come before with sacred preparations of food and drink. If you would like to cook up something this season for your ancestors, I highly recommend this pork recipe.
The following is a harvest recipe, suitable for the fall, when we celebrate the fruits of our labor and the coming of the darkness. Plums are known to bring protection from the ancestors and also the answering of prayers.
Plum Pork Roast Recipe
1 lb. Pork Loin, butterflied
3 Tbs. Dried Cranberries
3 Tbs. Walnuts, chopped
1 Tbs. Fresh Ginger, grated
2 Large Plums, peeled and diced
2 Tbs. Grapeseed or Olive oil
1 Tbs. Mustard
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine Coconut aminos, or soy sauce, along with the oil and mustard. Add Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Pound pork loin out thinner with a mallet or the bottom of a glass. Mix together plums, cranberries, walnut and ginger. Put this fruit and nut mixture in the middle of the loin. Tie up with natural string. Rub the outside of the pork with the oil and mustard mixture. Roast the pork in the oven for 50-60 minutes, until it reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit in the center. Let sit 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serves 3-4.
This roast would be delicious paired with Corn Maque Choux, Sweet Potato Mash with Bourbon and Pecans, or Beet Salad. And if you are looking for more recipes this holiday season please consider checking out my African-American Ritual Cookbook.