In a perfect example of fusion cooking, I made a Caribbean Grill- Stir Fry dinner tonight.
First, we had some turkey marinating in Caribbean Jerk sauce. It had been marinating since Sunday so it was definitely time to use it.
Second, I needed to use some of my bok choy and water spinach from the Farmer’s Market last week.
I convinced myself that this would work perfectly. And it almost did.
To refresh, the turkey had been marinating in Caribbean Jerk sauce since Sunday. As it turns out, this is just a little too long. We’ve used this marinade before and its pretty good on grilled meats. However, like many marinades, it has acids in it to tenderize the meat. Know what happens when the acid works overtime? You end up with ceviche of a sorts.
the citric acid causes the proteins in to become denatured, which pickles or “cooks” the meat/fish without heat.
Ceviche made with shrimp is quite good- I’ve made it before. Chicken “acid-cooked” then under the broiler for 10 minutes is a little tougher to swallow- literally. Fortunately, the red bell pepper and onion slices I also put under the broiler came out quite tasty. Isn’t this beautiful?
Now for the stir-fry part of the meal! I researched recipes using water spinach but didn’t find much beyond “stir fry with garlic.” So, that is what I did.
Ingredients:1 bunch water spinach, bottom of stalks removed (the thicker parts
1 head of baby bok choy, roughly chopped
1/2 onion, sliced or chopped, your choice
garlic & ginger, mashed together
cooking oil (peanut, canola, vegetable, olive- whatever’s handy)
tamari soy sauce
Heat 1-2 teaspoons of the cooking oil over medium heat in a non-stick pan. Add the garlic-ginger mash and saute about 30 seconds then add the onoin. Continue to cook 2-3 minutes more before adding the bok choy. Sprinkle some sesame oil over the vegetables, add more garlic and ginger if you want. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the water spinach to the pan. Keep the leaves moving in the pan, tossing with the bok choy and onions. When the spinach is wilted but still a nice bright green, toss with a teaspoon of soy sauce and garnish with Gomasio.
Notice no salt? Gomasio is a Japanese condiment made with salt. I use the garlic version but you can get it plain, with seaweed added and other varietes from Eden Foods. A quick and simple lunch I like is 1/2 an avocado, mashed and mixed with canned tuna, chopped tomatoes and Gomasio then served on crackers or rice cakes.