No hassle, no fuss quick dinner: pork kebabs with my roof garden salad tortillas

 

Before I begin my daily ramblings, I’m happy to report that I’m now fairly pain free, following my dentist visit the other day. My face does not feel like it’s about to fall off anymore, so laying off vodka, until Thursday of course. Dentists aren’t actually as bad as we make them out to be in our heads. But fairly pain free, not completely, because while I was demakaar( confused) from the local anesthetic, I know it shouldn’t have systemic effects but that’s how I felt. Anyway, I bumped my head on the tree in the parking lot of my local shopping mall. So my head is a little bruised and still sore 😫.

Back to tonight’s dinner, I am so thrilled by the success of my roof top garden. It’s been 7 weeks since I started it. And I’m reaping the fruits already, pun intended :-P. I have budding green pepper, ripening tomatoes, flourishing swiss chard and spinach and I’ve been using the mint for my cocktails for a while now as well. I’ve actually had people asking me about the how, the what and the practicalities involved in starting a roof top garden.image

 spinach
spinach
Tomatoes

 

Honestly, I just love fresh herbs and food in general. All it took for me was looking for space to have a garden and I had none. Other than my balcony over my garage, which lucky for me gets the sun during the day but is shielded from the raging South Easterlies in the evening. And I took it on like I do everything else in my life, you try it out, learn from the mistakes, then improve your technique and skills. I had no recipe or specific game plan.

Less than successful attempt

But with the success came a few disappointments, but lessons learnt. For example, mint doesn’t grow very well on shallow pots. Parsley, coriander, rocket and generally most herbs crave water. You need to remember to water them everyday or grow them in rainy season. But otherwise they grow all year round. But I’m super stoked about my budding asparagus! 😊

Dinner tonight is from my garden, or at least half of it: Pork kebabs with my roof top salad made from Swiss chard, English spinach, rocket and baby tomatoes, on a tortilla, served with a cottage cheese dressing. This dinner is inspired by Jamie Oliver, from ‘Save with Jamie’.

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What do you need? Serves 2 1/2

  • Pork kebabs- pork mince, 1/2 tsp of paprika, pinch of salt & pepper

  • From the garden- Swiss chard, English spinach, rocket, tomatoes and not from the garden, blueberries.

  • Whole grain tortillas

  • Cottage cheese dressing: 1 tbs of cottage cheese, 2 tbs of milk, 1/2 tsp honey, pinch of paprika, salt & pepper.

What to do?

Marinade the pork over night. Pork mixed with paprika, salt & pepper. Then out the fridge and mould around kebab sticks and grill for 10 min, on a lightly brushed with olive oil grill. Let it rest for 5 minutes on the grill, turned off.

 Marinade over night
Marinade over night

 

Mould pork into sticks
Mould pork into sticks
Grilling the pork kebabs
Grilling the pork kebabs

Lightly warm the tortilla on the grill, brushed with olive oil.

Mix all the salad leaves, as they’re a bit bitter, balance this with sweet blueberries and fresh baby tomatoes. Drizzle with the cottage cheese dressing( mix all the dressing ingredients and lightly blend).

Dinner in under 30 min
Dinner in under 30 min
Pork kebabs with garden salad and cottage cheese dressing
Pork kebabs with garden salad and cottage cheese dressing

Assemble your quick meal and Bon Appetit!

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 5 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to a few people. I'm a medical doctor by profession, passionate about infectious disease, primary health care and public health. I live food, from thinking about it, cooking it to eating it. Health and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few chants...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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