Bok Choy

Last night I ran 4 miles before supper, and Sue rode her bike along my side so she could join in. It wasn’t a very fair race, so I slowed up during the last mile to let her beat me!

When we got home we made sukiyaki for the first time in several years. I raised my own bok choy in the garden, so that became the inspiration for the sukiyaki!  Bok choy is easy to raise, it’s got a short growing season, it’s mild flavored, and it’s loaded with nutrition. Here are some pictures of the row in my garden:


Mom used to make sukiyaki all the time, and all of us kids loved it. I don’t know what her recipe was, but when I make it now, I just throw a bunch of stuff in like I did last night. I sort of follow a recipe from a cookbook my number 2 sister Becky gave me years ago! Here’s what I did:

Slice 1 head of bok choy and stir fry it in a skillet with a Tbs. olive oil. Drain liquid off, and set bok choy aside. Add another Tbs. olive oil, and stir fry ½ pack fresh, sliced, mushrooms until tender. Open a can of bean sprouts, a can of water chestnuts, and a can of bamboo shoots and drain the liquid. Add ½ can of each of these to the mushrooms and heat. Set these aside too. Next stir fry some steak (I used about 12 oz. cut into small pieces). When browned, add the sauce mixture of ¼ cup water, 3Tbs. soy sauce, ½ tsp beef bouillon, and 2 packets of Splenda. When the sauce starts to bubble, stir in all of the vegetables, then cover and heat for a minute. Serve hot over a bed of your favorite rice.

You may notice I have half of the mushrooms, chestnuts, shoots, and sprouts left over. I will pluck another head of bok choy tomorrow night, and do it all over again!

2 Responses

  1. Mom

    Hi Sweetie, What a bunch of memories that brings me. I would make a big pan, and if one of you kids had a guest, I would throw the deadly white bread and jelly on the table and they would eat that, all the while making awful faces as we all ate our veggies with such relish. This blog makes me stop and think of when you were so young, you belived me when I told you that veggies were good for you and they were soooo good. Mom

  2. Abra La Mente

    Nice garden and I especially love your reuse of a claw foot bathtub in the garden…that would be a wonderful addition to a container garden for those who can no longer bend down for weeding! Your recipe sounds awesome!

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