Roast Pork Tenderloin with Chili Fig Sauce

Roasted red, white, and blue petite potatoes; steamed green beans; herb focaccia; roasted pork tenderloin with chili-fig sauce; Smith Bros. hibiscus-mango tea. Served on Bancedini elephants place mat in yellow, green, and black.

I actually cooked dinner last night. It has been a rough few weeks in Lottabusha County, especially on the Taylor hillside. We had the first major delay in the construction that has consumed our lives since last summer, with a delay now of well over 6 weeks. I am not complaining [much] as up until now, other than the construction crew for the studio being sent elsewhere for 2 weeks with only 3 days of work left to complete here was the only trying, annoying, irritating, infuriating experience we have had with this endeavor. Based on all the doom stories about construction in the last 2 years, I count that as a blessing. Besides all that, it does not matter how I interpret it [blessing or curse] it is still the same outcome and out of my control, right?

Things finally began to look up last week when we were able to secure a person to install the heat/AC units (2 of them in a split unit) to the inside of the studio. After initial company no showed/no called twice and there was no response to our messages, we moved on to plan B. This is where knowing someone who knows someone is helpful. He will be here today at noon to install the two units, after coming out right after the phone call from R saying “X recommended you” and explained our need. He had to order some connections and wait for them to arrive, which they did yesterday.

The remainder of the work needing doing is the actual hook-up from the water line at the cottage to the kitchen and bathroom and installation of the water treatment system. That is finally scheduled for next week as well, after a series of issues interfering. I am hopeful, because without hope, might as well put your feet up.

In spite of all these difficulties, son has moved over his computer equipment, and bed and been sleeping and working there when he is not continuing to work on the interior. I guess (for my RV and camping friends) it has been sort of like dry camping. He at least has electricity and a small refrigerator, but returns to the “camp lodge” for kitchen and bathroom. It has been relatively pleasant weather, so between fans, open windows for the breeze, and electric heater for the colder days/nights, he has managed. I note a marked change for the better in interpersonal interactions for the family unit.

I have used the time to continue cleaning up in the yard, the screened porch, and the items still in nooks and crannies from the kitchen renovation. Major progress on recycle, donate, disposal and actual cleaning! I have significantly improved the ability to walk through the bedroom without having to move boxes or crates, cleared access to windows, cleared access to the exercise bike, and for the past two weeks, begun renewed focus on my health and well-being. I have lost 3 pounds, feel sooooooo much better, have more energy and have slept better. Those tiny little benefits help my motivation to keep it going.

Last night was like a mini-celebration that in spite of the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that beset us all, there is much for which to be grateful, and I am. Besides that, dinner was delicious and way better than the take-out of the last week…not to mention, better for us.

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18 Responses to Roast Pork Tenderloin with Chili Fig Sauce

  1. Betty says:

    Sounds like you are making progress on all fronts and are all set up for even more progress! The dinner is a work of art (and sounds so delicious) and is displayed in an artful, expressive manner. Best wishes as everything moves forward!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you for the encouragement, Betty. I know there will be an ending to the saga, and I believe it will have been worth it. Amazing how much you can accomplish when (a) you feel better, and (b) you get yourself moving. 🙂


  2. Your supper looks delicious. I diced up a pork tenderloin on Sunday and air-fried it, then added Frank’s Spivey honey garlic sauce for the last ten minutes. It turned out to be spicy/sweet hard candied pork on rice. Poor Dan! I felt sorry for him trying to eat it and look like he was enjoying it. 😂. It sounds like you have so much going on, I can’t imagine when you make time to work out. 💞

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thanks Anne Marie. Right now, my “working out” consists of all the bending, lifting, squatting, and walking related to the construction and clean up. 🙂
      I do manage to get in quite a few steps walking to mailbox and back up the hill, and always park as far away as possible at the grocery store to increase steps. Soon, I hope to do better. If I am understanding you, there is a learning curve to learning to cook with an air fryer?


  3. peggy says:

    Always nice to get things done and then eat a good home cooked men. That dinner looks yummy.

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  4. I am impressed with this elegantly presented meal! Glad you are making progress in other areas.

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  5. Mags says:

    You have been a very busy lady. Congrats on losing 3 pounds. Amazing how much better a few pounds lost can help us feel. I like pork loin but have never had such a delicious mean with it like the one you prepared looks. One just cannot beat a good home cooked meal.

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  6. Ugh! We are experiencing the same delays with our remodeling and it is really frustrating. Nothing happens easy!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      [Note: I am not liking that you are frustrated and experiencing delays; I am liking that you are one of the in crowd.] 😃 It is frustrating, even when we understand the reasons behind the issues.

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  7. Julia says:

    Oh my, the chili fig sauce sounds amazing! I love figs and miss having fig trees. I hope your project is finished soon; I’ve got my fingers crossed for you. Congratulations on loosing the weight and feeling better!

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