Never thought that I would be like some kind of a superwoman – a full-time mom & working at the same time. For some reasons, my son’s nanny won’t be joining us any sooner than expected so I continue to be his ‘school bus’, as well as the cook for months to come. With few projects that need to be checked from time to time, there would be plenty of occasions when I have to cook something that is easy to prepare as well as satisfy my small family’s appetite for food. An example is what I will share here – ‘fast food’ that’s ready in about 10 minutes.
My pork & peapods saute is actually similar to any stir-fry vegetable recipe except that the Italian herbs add a special flavor that doesn’t make the dish taste oriental. A trick I learned from a colleague who tried adding the same herbs to the simple ginisang sitaw or stir-fry string beans.
1/4 kilo of ground pork
A handful of sitsaro or peapods
1 big tomato
1 medium-size onion
2 tbsp of minced garlic
salt & pepper
1 tbsp of oyster sauce
Italian herbs (a combination of basil, capsicum, oregano, parsley, rosemary, garlic, etc. w/c u can buy in a small bottle from the grocery)
Fry garlic in a skillet over medium to high heat while stirring constantly. Once golden brown, add the ground pork & cook until a little bit brownish but still juicy. Add the tomatoes, onions & a dash of Italian herbs & saute until the tomatoes are crushed. Add about 2 cups of water & bring to boil. Add salt, pepper, soy sauce & oyster sauce plus the peapods and continue cooking until the vegetable is done. Remember that the final texture of the peapods is desired to be crisp or al dente, similar to the way pasta is prepared. Pour the dish in a platter & sprinkle w/ more Italian herbs.
‘My mother said it was simple to keep a man, you must be a maid in the living room, a cook in the kitchen and a whore in the bedroom. I said I’d hire the other two and take care of the bedroom bit.’ – Jerry Hall (American Model and Actress. b.1956)