Monday, 4 November 2013

Steamed Pak Choy & Pumpkin with Ginger Sesame Garlic Sauce

Rocket & Roses HQ Play List:

Missy Higgins ~ Any Day Now
Dixie Chicks ~ Everybody Knows
Rage Against The Machine ~ Bullet In The Head
INXS ~ Beautiful Girl
Them Crooked Vultures ~ Reptiles
Natalie Clein ~ Brahms Cello Sonata #2 in F
The Fratellis ~ Babydoll
Buddy Guy/Slash ~ I Can't Quit the Blues
Deacon Blue ~ Cover From The Sky
The Cardigans ~ I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer
The Tremoloes ~ Silence Is Golden
Chris Cornell ~ Steel Rain
Jose Carreras ~ Cilea: L'Arlesiana - II Lamento Di Federico 
KORN ~ Porno Creep

Well..this is gonna be a busy, busy week. This is the week of my kid sisters wedding. After 18 years together and three children together, my sister has decided now is the right time for her to make that commitment and her fiance has been asking her for many years. Maybe turning 30 in February changed her mind? Who really can tell...but on Friday she and fiance will be making their vows and I am trying to remind her to ignore all the other 'stuff' that will going on around her (and stressing her out...) and just try and be in the moment with her fiance as it is all over so quick. She is going to look beautiful and she will blow his mind when she walks through the door and the nieces are going to be splendid little bridesmaids and my nephew is standing up with his Dad. They are so excited for their Mum to finally have the same name as This morning my sister has been to visit and sort out the final details of the Hen night this evening. And whilst we talked I threw this recipe together...and my sister had a tester plate and really enjoyed it. Phew! lol. This afternoon she is having her trial make up session and I am having some time with the littlest one so I am quite happy. So this week will be manic until the wedding is over and then first thing Saturday ML and I are leaving for a week in a great way to end a mad and very happy week. 

I just have to survive it! lol 

OK back to the recipe...another recipe from someone else's kitchen and once again found on Pinterest. And from what I understand it originates from the folks over at so please scoot over there to see the original recipe. I am working from the one I found online and adapted it slightly for my purposes. Firstly it's pretty hard to track down Bok Choy let alone Baby Bok Choy but I can easily get Pak Choy. And I couldn't source Kuri Pumpkin so used up some leftover regular culinary orange pumpkin. Coconut Aminos??? What on earth? lol No idea what this product is and definitely didn't find used Soy Sauce (Wheat Free version and not Tamari) instead and the sauce was...well...Yum! lol. This is a very simple recipe and looks great when laid out on a serving dish. Big flavour and big impact and minimal effort...always a good thing. And it makes a lot of sauce that you can store in an airtight container in the fridge and use on others veggies and stir-frys for the rest of the week...

Steamed Pak Choy & Pumpkin with Ginger Sesame Garlic Sauce

Steamed Pak Choy & Pumpkin with Ginger Sesame Garlic Sauce
(Original recipe from

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
3 tbsp coconut aminos (or gluten free tamari)
1 inch piece of peeled fresh ginger, finely grated
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
1/8th tsp dried chilli flakes
4 heads of baby bok choy (3 Pak Choy, cleaned and separated)
1 small Kuri pumpkin, seeded, peeled and cut into thin slices
1 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds (I used black sesame seeds)

In a small saucepan whisk together the oils, coconut aminos, grated ginger, grated garlic and chilli flakes. Heat gently until warmed through, cover and set aside.

In a steamer add the pumpkin slices and steam until tender. Remove and set to one side. Add the bok choy and steam until tender. Lay out the greens on a serving dish followed by the pumpkin and drizzle over the dressing. Then sprinkle over the toasted sesame seeds. Serve...

Gratuitous foodie shot...


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