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Friday, December 7, 2012

Choy toys

My refrigerator is becoming a toy chest. If this keeps up, I am going to need a spare. Mine will be stuffed to the gills after tomorrow's trip to the market. Stuffed with greens that is. So stuffed, there will hardly be room for anything else. Look at what I brought home from a tree lighting ceremony last night...

This is tatsoi and this absolutely gorgeous bunch is about as big as a wreath. I almost hate to eat it, it's so pretty, but I am sure it will all soon be history, destined for the chopping block or wok like it's cousin bok choy below...

These greens are really fun to play with and they are so flavorful that "simple" does it. A quick little sauté and they are done and ready to eat. You can chop 'em up or leave the leaves whole. I made a favorite Pad Thai the other night and a nice big scoop of sautéed bok choy as a side just hit the spot. Have you played with these greens yet? Any favorite way you prepare them?

Sesame Bok Choy

Wash and slice at least one bunch of bok choy per person. Heat a splash of oil in a sauté pan or wok (use any oil you like...olive, sesame or coconut) and sauté a little sliced garlic and fresh ginger to flavor the oil. Add in black sesame seeds and let them sauté in the oil for a few minutes, too. Toss in bok choy and cook only until wilted, about 3 minutes. I like the stems still a little crunchy. Season to taste with soy sauce (I used a mushroom one...yum!) or with rice vinegar. Some many like to add a shake of red pepper flakes or fresh black pepper.

Obviously so set "rules" here. It's your toy! Just experiment and have fun!

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