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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Bok Choy

Posted by on 25th April 2017

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Bok choy is in the “leafy green” vegetable category. We know it’s good for us, so then why does this versatile food with a satisfying crunch get overlooked on the supermarket shelf more often than not?

Partly because our creative flair tends to hit a brick wall when it comes to thinking of imaginative and tasty ways to prepare and cook this low-calories vegetable rather than just the humble steam or fry (also both delicious options)!

The key is to find local, quality bok choy, that is packed with plenty of flavour and nutrients. The second tip is to prepare simply with few ingredients so that fresh bok choy remains the hero of the dish.

Did you know that bok choy and other cruciferous vegetables have certain anti-cancer properties? Studies have shown that people who eat more cruciferous vegetables have a lower risk of developing lung, prostate, colon, and breast cancer.

The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin K in bok choy all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.

The potassium, calcium, and magnesium have also been found to decrease blood pressure naturally and bok choy’s folate, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6 content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all help to maintain a healthy heart.

Choline helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. It also helps in maintaining the structure of cellular membranes, the transmission of nerve impulses, the absorption of fat and the reduction of chronic inflammation.

Increasing consumption of plant foods, including bok choy, has been shown to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Bok choy might look like celery but it is a member of the cabbage family. There are many kinds of bok choy that vary in colour, taste and size, including tah tsai and joi choi. You might also find bok choy spelled pak choi, bok choi, or pak chou. It’s sometimes even called a “soup spoon” because of the shape of its leaves.

The Chinese have been cultivating the vegetable for more than 5,000 years and the translation of the Cantonese words ‘bok choy’ is ‘white vegetable’ in English.

For a fresh and tasty take on this Asian green, come and try Chef Thomas’s mouthwatering ‘Crispy Triggerfish Sandwich’ now on The Brasserie menu.

CHEF THOMAS’ CRISPY TRIGGERFISH SANDWICH

Ingredients

1 fillet triggerfish, lightly crumbed and fried
bok choy, shredded
carrots, julienne
pickles
shallots, crispy
tartare sauce
slice of toasted bread
lime, wedge

Method

Dollop tartare on the toasted bread and then layer the pickles and shallots. Place the fish on top and finish with a large mound of refreshing carrot and bok choy. Drizzle lime juice over and enjoy.

Earth Day is every day at The Brasserie

Posted by on 20th April 2017

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Tomorrow we will officially celebrate Earth Day.

Earth Day is an annual event marked across the world to show support for environmental protection.

The aim is to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as recycling more and reducing food waste, using solar power and planting trees.

The edible garden that surrounds The Brasserie is just one example of our consistent endeavors to reduce food miles and, as a result, the fuel consumption required to carry food ‘from paddock to plate’. Our head gardener, Aide, uses the vegetable waste from the kitchen to feed The Brasserie’s “Chateau Chooks”. The egg shells she adds to the compost (along with the remaining vegetable scraps) and on the garden beds to control snails, in addition our chicken manure that is a very effective fertilizer.

The next time you get lunch from The Market, take a closer look at the plates, utensils and takeaway cups – all made from plants and 100% recyclable.

Venturing into The Brasserie’s kitchen you will see excess herbs from the garden hung to dry, trimmings go into stocks, breadcrumbs made from bread not sold after service, vinegars made from excess tomatoes and coconut water used as a brining liquid. Coconut shells are used as fodder for the caboose fire and smoker and the ashes are added to the garden compost. Stems and excess fruit are fermented, preserved and pickled to add dimension to dishes. For example, fermented Barbados gooseberries are used in the Hoisin sauce served at the Harvest Dinner. In fact, the team are currently creating a “preserving pantry”.

To celebrate all the sustainable and environmentally-friendly initiatives happening around the world, today we are offering complimentary bags of soil and coffee grounds piled high in our lovely red wheelbarrow outside the front of The Market. We will also be selling Cayman mutton pepper seedlings for $1 each and free drip coffee to anyone that brings in their own coffee mug for the day.

Earth Day is every day at The Brasserie.