How sweet is it that our little co-op is now selling produce from Full Circle Farm in Carnation and Nash’s on the peninsula? I can hardly restrain myself. Among recent pickings was a bundle of baby bok choy, with dense stems that looked downright puny compared to what you find in Chinatown, but I’m of the belief that most good organic vegetables come that way.

I set my sights on a favorite bok choy preparation, flat rice noodles with sliced beef and oyster sauce and chopped thai basil stirred in at the finish. It happened that we were missing some of the key ingredients, though, and then Charlie reminded me he was headed out to play hockey, prompting a swift relaxation of standards.

In short order I’d prepped a stir fry of baby bok choy with rehydrated Chinese black mushrooms, ginger, and ground pork, since we’ve still got about fifteen pounds of the stuff. It was great eat-alone food: speedy, great flavors, and a happy reminder to do something good for myself now and then. The bok choy was sweet and crisp with a hit of mustard, and so tasty I might just make it for other people someday. The recipe:

Recipe: Bok Choy with Mushrooms and Pork

¼ cup ground pork / 1 clove garlic, minced / 1 slice gingeroot / 1 lb baby bok choy / 4 Chinese mushrooms, rehydrated / ¼ cup stock / 1 tbl Xiaosing rice wine or sherry / 1 tsp cornstarch / 1 tsp chili paste or to taste / 1 tsp soy sauce / 1 tsp oyster sauce / splash sesame oil

Chop bok choy and slice mushrooms. Combine final 7 ingredients with about ¼ cup water and stir well to dissolve the cornstarch.

Heat wok or heavy skillet over high heat. Add ground pork and cook, stirring, until meat starts to brown and render some fat, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and stir again, then add bok choy and mushrooms. The bok choy will turn a bright green color, in 2-3 minutes. Pour in the sherry-based sauce at this point. The sauce should thicken quickly; serve over rice as just soon as vegetable is cooked through but still crisp. Feeds 2.

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