This past weekend we went to a potluck hosted by our 'across the street neighbor'. By across the street I mean their driveway is sort of diagonal (by about 50 feet) from ours. However, due to the length of our driveway and their driveway, it's a good 1/2 mile walk. We walked it anyhow. It was all uphill. And 90*. And we were pushing 3 kids in a stroller. But we made it.
I brought a new recipe - Bok Choy salad. I'd never cooked with Bok Choy before, but I tried this recently at a Multiples club meeting and it was delicious (thanks to Shelly for bringing it - and the recipe!). The reactions were....well....a little unexpected.
Bok Choy is pictured below. It's kind of a cabbage. For this recipe, you only use the white part and discard the leaves.
Below is the recipe:
2 heads Bok Choy
bunch of scallions
1 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 packages of ramen noodles, crumbled (and seasoning packet discarded)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
dressing prepared separate:
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
Chop bok choy (discard leaf part) and slice scallions - set aside
In skillet on medium heat add butter, sugar, sesame seeds, almonds, and ramen noodles. Cook until brown and everything is coated with butter and sugar. Cool.
Once cool add to bok choy, stir in dressing just before serving.
Now at the potluck I was sitting right next to the main food table (come on, easy access for refills is important). I was feeding the twins and amusedly watching the show. Because suddenly there was a gathering of people around the bok choy salad.
"I don't know. What IS that?"
Someone bravely gives the dish a little stir with my awesome Paula Deen spoon sent to me by Mary over at The Englar Fam..
"Is it? Is it some sort of .... salad?"
"What's in it?"
I almost ran outside to get a stick so that they could poke at it to see if it were dead. But instead I went to my neighbor J.P. from Home in the Hollow and said, "Hey, you've got to try this Bok Choy salad I made!"
Course J.P. tried one bite and was smitten. And J.P. likes to share the love, so she went around telling everyone to try the Bok Choy salad. That's right, people, it's BOK CHOY SALAD!!
"What's Bok Choy?"
Ah well, by the end of the night I had people giving me little scraps of paper with emails so I could send them the recipe.
I don't know why, but whenever I cook something that people really like, it sure does make me feel good.