Tuesday, October 11, 2011

bok choy in the autumn garden

bok choy


bok choy

i believe that just about anyone, black thumb & all, can grow lettuce greens & radishes. in my opinion, those two are perfect for beginning gardeners & even the most skeptical. well, there's a third kid on the block & his name's bok choy. this is my first year to grow bok choy & i cannot believe how empty my life was before this vegetable & my garden became one. i think it had something to do with the name bok choy or its mysterious uses in the kitchen, but let me tell you, now i'm a believer. it is super easy to grow & in no time at all, you will have big beautiful bouquets of green, leafy stalks to enjoy.

i even have a killer recipe for tomorrow night's dinner.

thai coconut bok choy & salmon soup // serves 6

heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. add one chopped leek, half a large onion, 4 cloves minced garlic, & 1 small, diced thai or chili pepper. cook until fragrant, around 3 minutes.

once fragrant, add your spices- 2 teaspoons cumin, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, & a pinch of freshly ground pepper. add one can of skinless, boneless salmon or two small, chopped fillets. combine & add two large, chopped bok choy. stir in 1.5 cups of coconut milk & 4 cups of water. combine all ingredients & bring to a simmer for fifteen minutes. add salt to taste. serve with an autumn salad & enjoy.


  1. gorgeous photos, natalie. the farm where i work doesn't grow bok choy but thanks to your post i'm including it in next year's garden.

  2. looks beautiful and sounds yummy!