Iberic Secret with Black Pepper Sauce and Some Kindness

I was leaving the underground yesterday when a lovely couple with a small child approached me and told me they wanted to give me their T10. I didn’t really understand it at first.

The T10 is a multi-ride ticket for the public transport system of Barcelona. They explained they were leaving Barcelona and had a couple of rides left on it. I was the random person they chose to pass it on to. Ok! I got it. I was grateful because it was a lovely gesture, and from some people I had never met.

When I said I didn’t really understand it at first, it’s because I’m not used to receiving acts of kindness from strangers. I’m so happy that I receive plenty of kindness everyday from Mr. H., and also when I see my friends and family. I try to be kind and helpful to everyone around me. But somehow when a strangers offer me some kindness, I often do a double take, as if I don’t believe it at first.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been living in a harsh society, so I often forget just how wonderful people can be. However the case, a small act of kindness always makes me remember and appreciate people. Also, even though I deny its existence, there must be a tiny superstitious part of me hidden away somewhere. When I am surprised by these little bits of kindness, I often think they are signals that something good is going to happen.

What does kindness have to do with the piece of steak with black pepper sauce featured in this post?

Nothing at all. Unless you focus it in a way that I was being kind to my taste buds.

Black pepper sauce

I’m sorry but I don’t really have a secret to tell. Its just that this piece of pork in Spanish is called Secreto Ibérico, literally translated into Iberian Secret. Its a part of the pork that comes from around about near the armpit. Yes, eating a from somewhere near the armpit may not sound so charming. Eating an Iberian Secret sounds better. Even though it looks like a hard fibrous piece in the photos, they always prove to be soft, tender and with a lovely taste.

My black pepper sauce here is so easy to make that it’s quite embarrassing to write about and maybe I should keep it a secret. Ah, so I do have a secret to tell after all!

Ingredients for two servings:

Iberian Secret – I had 2 pieces, about 200g each

Olive oil – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – freshly ground

Water – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Cornflour – 1 tablespoon


Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Cook the Iberian Secret, on both sides to your liking. Once cooked, remove from the pan. Add plenty of black pepper onto the same pan used to cook the pork, without previously cleaning it so you get all the flavour from the pork. Dissolve the cornflour in the water and add into the pan, along with the milk and a pinch of salt. Cook on medium heat until the sauce thickens and reduces a little. Watch out, this can happen quite fast.

Black pepper sauce recipe

This can be adapted with any type of meat really. Its lovely served with some fresh salad and a glass of wine.

Thank you for reading!

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    1. Sofia 2013-07-21 at 23:21

      Ah, that was the intended effect 😉

  1. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2013-07-19 at 18:16

    Oh my goodness…

  2. White Pearl 2013-07-19 at 21:14

    Awesome recipe and Lovely eye catching pictures…..Loving it right now 🙂 Hope it taste good too ! The post is so well written xx

    1. Sofia 2013-07-21 at 23:23

      Thank you! It did taste fabulous! xx

    1. Sofia 2013-07-21 at 23:23

      Hey muchas gracias, estaba muy rico 🙂

  3. egeedee 2013-07-20 at 03:31

    that looks wonderful! I know what you mean by surprise kind acts, which is why I try them out myself every now and then. It feels so satisfying. Society makes people look down on interacting with strangers which is why we never get to really know anybody! I am not the most outgoing person but whenever I can, I talk to strangers. Even a hello and how are you that’s heartfelt is just as kind.

    1. Sofia 2013-07-21 at 23:26

      Its true, I myself am quite shy to speak to strangers. But once in a while we do speak to strangers in a bar, and its lovely to get to randomly speak to strangers.
      Actually even in the past I when giving a smile to a stranger, I could sense their bewilderment… (like me now)!

  4. johnnysenough hepburn 2013-07-20 at 03:52

    Nicely written post!
    – Shame there’s no way of buying into your secret as that pork won’t be available here any time soon. And if it was it would be horribly expensive. Bet it tastes amazing!

    1. Sofia 2013-07-21 at 23:26

      Thanks Johnny! You’ll just have to take a trip to Bcn for some 😉

    1. Sofia 2013-07-21 at 23:27

      Oh I’m glad hehe

  5. Kiss & Make-up 2013-07-20 at 22:02

    Oh la la, the boyfriend would definitely love this 🙂

    1. Sofia 2013-07-21 at 23:28

      Oh la la. Actually I’m fascinated at how you get to coordinate your meals. (You’ll have to tell me more about it). For me its easy because my boyfriend and myself eat virtually anything…

  6. italiannotes1 2013-07-23 at 20:31

    Looks good – Even to someone like me who is generally not too keen on meat and sauces.

    1. Sofia 2013-07-23 at 21:08

      My, what a compliment! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by as I’ve been wondering around your blog and think its so lovely.


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