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16.4.14

Steamed Bok Choy: Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snaps, & Garlic en Papaillote #French Fridays with Dorie

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Steamed Bok Choy- baby bok choy, sugar snaps, & garlic en papillote: simplelivingeating.com


This dish is prepared en papaillote which is french for "in parchment" or in this case aluminum foil. En papaillote is basically a steaming technique which is great to use with subtle flavored foods like fish and vegetables.

Well, en papaillote got me thinking of a pouch... which brought my mind to a kangaroo...which directed my thoughts toward the wallaby, Indy that is loose in our town.

wallaby Indy


Indy had been rescued from upstate by a local family. Indy was living on their farm when deer got into the yard and scared him. He ran off the property and has been living in the woods near our high school for the last two and half weeks. Kids regularly spot him during recess. I think he is trying to get a free lunch, or he just likes the sounds of kids playing.

But, no one seems to be able to track Indy down. We have had people on horse back go through the woods and groups of residents blanket areas where he has been spotted. No luck at all!


Wallaby watching has become an obsession in my town. I even keep Indy's owner's phone number on my cell phone, so if I spot him while walking my dog in the woods I can alert them.

I was even checking around in the woods of my yard when I photographed this dish. The high school is just down the road from me, and you never know if a wallaby would enjoy steamed baby bok choy, sugar snaps and garlic seasoned with orange zest and mint.


Steamed Bok Choy- baby bok choy, sugar snaps, & garlic en papillote: simplelivingeating.com

My family sure did.  I was relieved because sometimes steamed recipes, which are very healthy don't always have much flavor... but this was bright, light and aromatic. 

I served the papillote with Sesame and Bonito Flaked Crusted Tofu which went very well with the Asian vegetables in this dish. I think fish or a light chicken recipe would also work terrifically with this steamed Bok Choy dish... and if you are lucky Indy may show up for dinner... one can only hope!


PS: We have been instructed that if Indy does show up in our backyard to invite him in... and feed him wheat thins, almonds, rice cakes, apples, lettuce, dry maple leaves and/or sweet potatoes until his owners can come pick him up.


Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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39 comments:

  1. Pour Indy. He must be very scared! Unfortunately I am going to skip this one for now even though it would have made a nice Good Friday nibble. I am glad you enjoyed it because as you said steamed vegetables can be a little blunt. Have a lovely Easter!

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    1. Indy lived in the wild until just 2 years ago... so I think he's OK. Have a lovely Easter too Maria.

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  2. Dear Diane, I hope Indy shows up! He is adorable and I will pray that he shows up for dinner and is safe and sound. Please keep us posted.
    As for the steamed veggies, they are flavorful and healthy. I am glad everyone enjoyed them.
    Blessings for a beautiful Easter weekend. Catherine xo

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    1. Indy has won all our hearts. Thanks for praying for him. He has been surviving well and at least there is more vegetation for him now with Spring blooming. Happy Easter to you also Catherine.

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  3. Good luck with finding Indy. I agree this was quite tasty.

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    1. Thanks... I'm sure he will eventually be found... or just become a legend.

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  4. Well...if he was from the wild I would like him to go back there. Just not NY...can he get a ride back to his real home? Why do people need these creatures as pets? Your photo looks so great! I really liked this one. And thought the zest (and I added a splash of juice) and the salt, pepper, and mint gave ample flavor and believe me, I am NO fan of steamed veggies.

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    1. Living on a farm in Westchester County is better for Indy than being contained in a playpen where he was rescued from up state. It is sad that Indy is out of his natural habitate.. but credit to him he seems to be adapting quite well to the wilds of my town. Sending him back to Australia would be very expensive... but it is sad...I agree, why do people want or need exotic pets?

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  5. Aw, I hope Indy will be found very soon! Glad you all enjoyed the veggies :)

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  6. The pictures you took outside look great, good lighting. You are a very good neighbor to take your cell phone with you on walks to look out for Indy. I hope he has safe return.

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    1. Thanks Diane,
      It would be really wonderful if I saw Indy, as long as my dog doesn't chase him.

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  7. I like this! I was just looking at some baby bok choy the other day and ended up not buying it because I couldn't think of something new and interesting to try. Thanks for stopping by my blog (Nibbles and Noshes) the other day.

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    1. This is really a different way to prepare bok choy especially if you get the baby bok choy because it is so delicate don't stir-frying it lets you enjoy the leafs more. Glad you got a chance to come by Simple Living. Hope to see more of you.

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  8. Hope you find Indy. These veggies were tasty. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Geraldine,
      Have a wonderful weekend too.

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  9. Enjoyed your post! And you got lovely results!

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  10. So wallaby's like wheat thins and maple leaves. Who knew? Good to know that your veggies are safe though. I remember using our back porch as extra counter space one year to let a batch of cookies cool and the neighborhood squirrels had a field day. I was not amused.

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    1. Does anyone not like Wheat Thins? We have squirrels, possum, raccoons, moles, and who knows what else that would eat cookies..

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  11. A wheat thin eating wallaby, huh? I guess stranger things have (and do) happen.

    We enjoyed this one too.

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    1. I found it amusing, but I don't have any in the house. But we do have fruit to hold him over.

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  12. Love your story! Your vegetables look delish, and it sounds like a great pairing with the tofu dish!!

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    1. Thanks, yes, the tofu dish was really interested. Coated in Bonito Flakes... really different.

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  13. Diane, your vegetable packages look wonderful and so bright green and that tofu sounds wonderful as an accompaniement to the steamed baby bok choy!

    Wishing you and your family a very happy Easter weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea. Happy Easter to you also.

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  14. The comparison of En papillote packets and wallaby pockets cracked me up. Also the idea of a wallaby on the loose in the Northeast. Though I do hope Indy is found safely, it must make for amusing conversation at the coffee shop or grocery store line. Keep us posted. Oh, and I'm glad this was a hit with your family. What a great way to cook vegetables, if I could only remember to do it again. Happy Easter to you and your family, Diane.

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    1. It is such a bizzarre idea a Wallably in New York. No updates Indy must be spending Easter with the wild bunnies. Happy Easter to you too.

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  15. We love baby bok choy and usually eat it with hot noodles, but this would be a nice change. Pinned. Hope Inday finds his way home soon.

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    1. That sounds delicious... over noodles. I usually have it Asian style too. This is a nice change the seasoning is great.

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  16. I hope you will keep giving us Indy updates. I hope that little guy is having the time of his life rather than being afraid and hungry. I'm surprised Julia couldn't lure him into your back yard with her chocolate eggs. I was happily surprised by this week's recipe also. Delicious and flavorful. I have never done anything with tofu and just am curious enough to give it a go sometime this Spring. Your meal was healthy, healthy, that's for sure.

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    1. I haven't heard anything about Indy, which is strange. He is usually the top story in my town. The warmer it gets and the more vegetation there is the better he is probably doing. He is a wild animal maybe Indy's happier being in the wild. I just worry about coyotes and we have seen mountain lions occasionally, but he may be so foreign that they leave him alone. Try the tofu dish, we found it really interesting, like something you would get in Asian restaurant.

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  17. This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

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  18. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

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  19. I hope Indy's been found! Thanks so much for the tofu recipe. I'm always looking for new tofu recipes, and this one sounds interesting.

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    1. We loved the crunchy flavor of the bonito flakes. Hope you enjoy it.

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  20. I love your bok choy, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  21. what a great idea for bok choy. I find myself getting into a rut with it once in a while, and this would be a great way to mix it up. :) Stop by and share with us on Five Friday Finds when you get a chance!

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    1. Yes, it really is a nice change. I'll bring it by.

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