Very Veggie

As suspected, I had no time for sewing yesterday. It was a day to get my hair permed. As I'm sitting here, I'm sitting under my stinky new perm. I almost think the smell of it keeps me awake at night. My perms are just for body in my fine, straight hair, and so it's not as if I have a lot of curl to show for it. On a positive note, I have nowhere to go today. I'll be spending the morning repotting tomatoes, and I doubt the tomatoes will mind the smell. They have their own smell to contend with. For today, I'm stuck with the smell of myself, but others will be spared. Unless you happen to be one of my tomatoes.

After I left the hairdresser, I picked up groceries for the week. As you know, on Tuesday, I picked up my 2nd CSA share. So far, I'm having fun with it, but it is quite a challenge to figure out what to do with all that green goodness. I gave another try to the bok choy recipe I tried last week, and came up with a pretty tasty concoction.

The stems of bok choy are flavorless and spongy. The only other change I would make to this recipe now is to cut the stems in smaller pieces. I cut mine about an inch wide, but I think I'd go smaller yet. The leaves were cut into one-inch ribbons, and that worked out pretty well. I've added a healthy 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, but the dish did not seem overly spicy to me. The bok choy really needs as much flavor as you can give it, and so I wouldn't skimp there. If you're up for a little spice, you can even add more.

Mike calls this kind of a dish "gunk over rice". Here's the recipe I came up with to make the bok choy palatable:
Shrimp Stir Fry With Bok Choy and Green Onions
adapted from cookwithwhatyouhave.com

1 Tablespoon Extra-virgin Olive Oil
4 Cloves  Garlic -- minced
1 Tablespoon Minced or Grated Fresh Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon  Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Teaspoon  Anise (or fennel) Seeds
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Chicken Broth or Water
2 1/2 Tablespoons Rice Wine (mirin) or Dry Sherry
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Large Head Bok Choy -- stalks separated, stems cut into 1/2-inch pieces, leaves cut into 1-inch             ribbons 
3 Green Onions (white and green parts) -- sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 Pound  Medium Shrimp -- peeled and deveined
Steamed Jasmine Rice

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and add the garlic, ginger, anise, and red pepper flakes. Saute for a minute or so until very fragrant, stirring constantly. Add soy sauce, broth, rice wine, sesame oil and brown sugar and simmer for about 4-5 minutes. Pour sauce into a wok or large skillet.

Meanwhile drop the bok choy into the boiling water and cook for about 4 minutes until crisp tender. Drain and add with the green onion and shrimp to the sauce in the skillet. Cook over high heat until the shrimp are cooked through and the ingredients are well combined. Serve hot over cooked rice.

Also in this week's share were a bunch of radishes and a head of romaine lettuce along with a little sandwich bag of mixed herbs, including fresh basil. I made up a salad from the romaine that included the romaine, the radishes and basil and some added green onion and mint. It had a peanut dressing and some chopped peanuts over the top. The combination of the salad and the stir fry together made for a tasty meal.

Still, I'm not claiming bok choy as one of my favorite vegetables...at least not in any way I've seen it prepared. It is edible, however, and so no whining. This is a culinary adventure we're on here.

The only other thing to tell you about yesterday is that I'm gearing up to start on the Hocuspocusville quilt. I'm finishing up the last of the Vintage Tin blocks right now, and I have only one more quilting snow lady to finish. There's no time to waste getting ready for at least one new project, right? So this is the Hocuspocusville quilt from Crabapple Hill Studios (love their stuff):

I actually have a picture with an alternative setting for this that I might try...or not...I'll see when I get that far. For now, I'm collecting my floss and my fabrics. This is done all in black floss, but I'm going to add some orange accents to mine. The nine patches are done with scraps, but I spent some time choosing the fabrics for back, border, and embroidery backgrounds a few weeks ago. They arrived yesterday, and I'm pretty happy with these. I'll use those spiderwebs on the quilt back:

As I said, today I'm going to repot my tomatoes, and I need to water the annuals. The weather has been cool and wet the past couple of weeks, but it's about to get warmer. I'll have to resume my watering ritual. Also, I imagine the birds will need feeding...and the cats...always the cats. There are a few housekeeping chores to do, and I'm going to continue on with my quest to use up my CSA veggies. Today I'm making a meatloaf that includes the bundle of chard. I might saute up my spinach as a side dish as well. That would knock two more veggies out of the pile. It's a bit like a competition. Who will emerge the victor? The veggies or me?

Before I stop today I wanted to show you the picture my friend Deb texted to me of little Baby Zevee with her Rubber Duckies quilt. 

She's looking pretty comfy isn't she? It's always good to see your quilts put to use by expert snugglers.

When I wrap up this post, I'm going to tell you about the quilt shops I visited over the weekend, but I'll do those in separate posts. Have a happy Thursday!

5 comments from clever and witty friends:

Marei said...

Nothing better than a quilt being used by a baby. Little Zevee looks very comfortable indeed. My favorite way to cook/eat bok choy is to cut the heads in half, lengthwise, brush the cut sides with olive oil and season with salt/pepper/garlic/pinch of cayenne and then sear them in a hot pan until slightly "caramelized"....or browned for us non-gourmet cooks. Great flavor and you still get a nice crunch.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I don't care for Bok myself - as you say -bland (wet cardboard)!! Fun new project

Kate said...

I'm not a fan of Bok either, but at least you are being adventerous with all your veggie goodness.

I love that Hocus Pocus quilt. It's one that's tempted me, but at the moment I'm not doing enough embroidery to be contemplating adding that kind of project to my list. I'll just have to enjoy watching your version come together.

quiltzyx said...

Ah the joys of having your hair tortured, I know it well. At least it seems like the perms aren't AS smelly as they used to be.
Good job on using your CSA share. Those would probably work great for my sister Nancy, who loves to cook. Except that unless they have a very small box, it might overwhelm in a one-person household.
I'm looking forward to seeing you work the Hocus Pocus blocks.
Rubber Duckies & Zevee look like a perfect match!

Brown Family said...

I would find many oft the greens challenging! We are not to fond of greens! I have picked a couple of hand fulls of cherry tomatos so far. I love the smell of the tomato vines!