Simple Intentions

3 Fri, 2010 § 11 Comments

I intend to get out & enjoy the beautiful weather again over the weekend.

I’ve missed spending my days with Dave since he started his new job…& it’s supposed to snow/rain on Monday…so I’d say climbing is definitely in order — & hiking & strolling around town, soaking in our last days in Prescott — anything to be out & about.

Another intention I have:

Eat More Greens

I was eating plenty every day earlier in the year & felt a.m.a.z.i.n.g!  I fell in love with

kale, collard, cabbage…

bok choy

I am especially partial to baby bok choy — it’s just too cute!

Bok choy is a good source of calcium & high in vitamins C & A.

As I recommit to my relationship with greens, I wanted to create a really special dish with a fancy sauce for you…but honestly, the way I enjoy this most embraces simplicity.

Remember yesterday?  I’m a simple girl,

& this dish celebrates the beauty of bok choy perfectly without a lot of fuss.

It is from Alicia Silverstone’s, The Kind Diet.

Carefully wash the baby bok choy.  Leave whole.

Steam ~3 minutes or longer depending on size.  Watch closely.  This is key because under-steam, & it still tastes raw — which some people like — over-steam, & it becomes soggy.  I like mine to just begin to wilt & soften but stay slightly crisp.  I use a fork to pierce/test it or just gently squeeze with my fingers now that I know how it feels to me when done.

While it steams prepare equal parts ume plum vinegar & extra virgin olive oil.  This is where a nice olive oil is worth a little splurge — save it for dressing & dipping, don’t use your good stuff for cooking.

Drizzle over steamed baby bok choy.

Garnish with Gomashio or simply sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds & a touch of sea salt.

Leaving them whole creates such an elegant & pretty dish, don’t you think?

To make Gomashio you will need

  • 18 parts sesame seeds : 1 part sea salt

[example: 6 T sesame seeds : 1 tsp sea salt]

Heat sea salt in a small dry skillet, over medium heat, until dry & slightly browned, ~2-3 minutes.  Pour it into a mortal & pestle; grind to a fine powder.

Rinse sesame seeds in a fine, mesh stainer.  Toast in the same dry skillet, over medium heat, until they produce a nutty aroma, puff up a little & crush easily between your fingers.  Add the toasted seeds to the sea salt & grind until the seeds are ~80% crushed.

Transfer to an air-tight, glass container & store at room temperature for no longer than 2 weeks.


My intention now?

Some play time with Eisley.

Happy Friday!


What are your weekend plans?

Do you eat lots of greens?  What is your favorite way to have bok choy?

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§ 11 Responses to Simple Intentions

  • Julia says:

    That bok chok does look gorgeous! And a late congrats to Dave on his new job! Hope you had fun with Eisley she looks like she’d be a blast to play fetch with 🙂

    • Allie Finch says:

      Dave says thanks 🙂 Eisley is so much fun! I have such a little spastic pup — she’s a hoot — you don’t have a dog do you?

      • Julia says:

        I don’t have a dog, although I would LOVE one. I think Tyler and I are on different dog size wavelengths…he likes small dogs (Boston Terrier size) I like slightly bigger dogs 🙂 I’m hoping maybe in the near future.

      • Allie says:

        You should — rescue of course — they make you so happy! I always wanted a big dog, but after having Eisley [she’s ~14 lbs], I’ve decided she is the perfect size. Easy to take places…not as expensive to feed…& everyone always thinks she’s a puppy 🙂 well, she still kind of is…

  • Natalie says:

    Have you made many recipes from the Kind Diet book? I have it but have only made a few things and they didn’t come out very well! I like the simplicity of her bok choy recipe, though, I’m sure I would like that.

    I should probably recommit to greens too! In the summer/warmer months I can eat a huge salad every day…but in the winter it’s so hard for me because I want all my food warm.

    Enjoy climbing before it snows!

    • Allie Finch says:

      You know, I actually do enjoy most of the recipes I’ve tried from her book. Which ones have you tried?
      Greens like kale, collards, bok choy, cabbage…are easier for me to eat in winter because I like warm foods too & prefer these cooked.

      • Natalie says:

        Well, I tried them last year, but I tried one of the tofu recipes, one of the couscous recipes, and the peanut butter cups. I thought the couscous came out okay, but the others did not. I’m going to make a few of the veggie dishes and see how I like them. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

  • Sharlene says:

    Love your blog. I was reading a post and Gaven came over and began to read and said that you’re an amazing writer… I agree. Miss you but hope you are both happy. Keep the blog posts coming! They are fantastic.

    • Allie says:

      Thank you Sharlene [& Gaven]! You are making me blush; that means so much coming from both of you. We are very happy here & will have Flagstaff updates soon 😉 I hope your family is happy as well. Please send us an update — we’d love to hear specifics about how everything is going — email or pop a letter in the mail.

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