Dinner tonight – pork & bitsa with spaghetti

I wasn’t sure what to make tonight, I just knew that I didn’t want to spend ages and I didn’t want potatoes. I looked in the fridge and found bitsa this and bitsa that and came up with this.

pork & bitsa with spaghetti

Take two thin pork steaks that need to be used soon and slice them reasonably thinly (about 1cm).
De-seed and slice a red chili that also needs to be used soon, a couple of nice looking spring onions (include some of the green bits), a bag of mushrooms (bought yesterday) and the sugar snaps that have been in the salad drawer of the fridge for ages but seem perfectly fresh (rather worryingly).

Half three or four tomatoes which are not as firm as they were. Chop and/or crush a couple of cloves of garlic.

Boil a kettle of water and heat about a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan. Fry the meat till starting to brown. Add the mushrooms, then the onions, chili, garlic, and all the other bits you’ve chopped. Fry, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile pour the boiling water into a large pan, ad a bit of salt and a smidgen of butter or marge and throw in some spaghetti.

Give the stuff in the frying pan another stir, season with pepper, and tip in a can of chopped tomatoes. Add some salt and let it simmer away a bit. Cover if you can and leave on a low heat but not for too long. Stir occasionally so nothing burns. Tip in the remains of a packet of spinach.

Drain the spaghetti. Tip onto two plates and serve the contents of the pan over it.

Of course, you can use whatever meat and whatever veggies you have to hand. The tin of tomatoes is very useful, though, to ensure it doesn’t all get too dry.

This is particularly light and low fat which is a definitely plus if, like me, you’ve been pigging out on cakes all day.


3 Responses to “Dinner tonight – pork & bitsa with spaghetti”

  1. Aradia Says:

    hey jaqi! i’ve joined in on the photo diet blogging fun!
    it’s great, just writing down keeping track of foods in my diet journal isn’t enough, it doesn’t seem like so much food only in words… photographing everything has made me so much more aware and conscientious of how much I’m actually eating…

  2. Karen Says:

    Haha! before I read your post, I wondered if Bitsa was a vegetable I hadn’t heard of :0) That’s a great term.

  3. jacqib Says:

    Oh I love that story! I wonder what kind of vegetable it might be?

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