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If you’re looking for a warming but filling recipe, this wet rice with pork ribs by renowned chef Frank Camorra is sure to hit the spot. While you may need to set aside a little time to allow the ribs to simmer, Camorra insists that “it’s simple and hearty” and is “autumn fare at it’s best.”

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Serves 6

Ingredients

1.2 kg (421/3 oz) pork ribs, belly still on

100 ml (31/2 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil

sea salt flakes

1 brown onion, finely diced

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tsp thyme leaves

6 bay leaves

2 green capsicum (peppers), finely diced

6 tomatoes, peeled, seeded (see glossary) and grated

300 ml (101/2 fl oz) white wine

300 g (101/2 oz) bomba rice

200 g (7 oz) green peas, podded

Method

  1. Take a sharp knife and cut the pork ribs between each rib to make single ribs with meat on either side of the bone.
  2. Heat 80 ml of oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium–high heat and cook the ribs, in 2 batches, for 10–15 minutes or until browned all over. Season with salt while cooking. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Wipe out the pan, so that the dish does not taste too much like pork fat, and return to medium heat.
  4. Add the remaining oil. Add the onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and season with a good pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8–10 minutes or until the onion is lightly golden.
  5. Add the capsicum and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until softened. Meanwhile, bring 1.5 litres of water to the boil, then reduce to a bare simmer. Add the tomato to the onion mixture and cook for 30 minutes or until thick and pulpy.
  6. Add the wine and increase the heat to high. Allow to bubble away for a few minutes, then reduce the heat to medium–low, add back the ribs and 1 litre of the hot water and simmer for 1 hour 10 minutes or until the ribs are tender.
  7. Add the remaining hot water, increase the heat to medium and bring to a steady simmer. Add the rice, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add the peas and cook for 4 minutes or until tender. The rice should just be a little past al dente but still firm to the bite.
  8. Serve straight away.

Recipe via Footscray Fresh Food Markets, Melbourne