East Meets West: Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed

Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed, an excellent Asian fusion pesto sauce perfect for for a dip or to serve with pasta

Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed by FamilySpice.com

I feel like the grinch right now. My kids are in their last week of school and it’s party, party, party. Really? My sixth grader has been watching movies in almost every class, as text books were turned in last week. Really? One teacher is “still fighting it” (as the Professor puts it) and is continuing to teach the kids. He’s going to get a nice gift from me. The elementary school kids are still learning, but man, I am burnt out between pizza parties and hot dog parties and luau’s. How much celebrating is needed? And the last day is shortened to end at noon. REALLY????? These are my tax dollars hard at work?

Here comes the rest of my rant, but when I was a kid (and I’m only 41) the party was held on the last day of school. Period. Luckily, as I learned today, high school is business as usual, and the students are cramming for the finals during the last week of school. FINALLY!

Now don’t get me wrong. I can honestly say that my kids have the best teachers in the school. Primo teachers. They have pushed my kids to do their best and they are totally awesome and I adore them. I’m thrilled my kids will be in their class again NEXT year, too.

Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed by FamilySpice.com

But, I’m tired of all these parties and celebrations and hearing that many classes are showing movies after movies for the last days of school. Doesn’t make any sense to me. My husband calls me boring and no fun. I’m just a hard worker. A damn fine hard worker, I might add.

Yes, perhaps I work too hard, but I hear so many kids today whining and expecting everything to be handed to them. I find myself giving my kids reality checks, because they are getting spoiled from every direction. Instant gratification is everywhere: tv, music, telephone, text.

Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed by FamilySpice.com

BAM! Have a question? Get the answer in a jiffy. Just google it.

Want a new song? BAM! Download it from iTunes and play it immediately.

Kids can watch the entire season of their favorite cartoons and television shows. Thank you, Netflix.

Talk to your cousin in China? Sure! Let’s Skype!

As my kids get older, they expect more and more of these things. It will be an interesting summer, as I have determined that we will get back to the basics. Arts. Crafts. Beach. Pool. Fun. Sun. Friends.

All of us (myself included) will unplug and unwind this summer. Because that is what summer is all about. And then BAM! School will start again in August.

What does this have to do with my Bok Choy Pesto?


I didn’t want to talk about food today. This pesto is delish. I mixed it with cilantro, olive oil, sesame oil and black sesame seeds.

You can find the full recipe here for my Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed.

Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed

Thank you, Frieda’s Produce for the beautiful bok choy!

Happy summer, ya’ll and party on!

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18 Responses to East Meets West: Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed

  1. Eha at #

    As far as the pesto goes, you posted this just at the right time, ’cause I’d bought troppo mucho of my beloved bok choi and now I know what I’ll do with it in the morning! Wonder how long it’ll keep in the fridge – a couple of days? As far as partying goes I also fully agree with you – fun on the last day: great, films and parties galore afore . . . won’t there be quite enough of those during the school holidays . . .

  2. Happy summer, Mom…

  3. Get your kids interested in food photography. They’ll quickly learn there’s no instant gratification, and effort – real effort – is required. Or more realistically, some other activity that interests them but takes awhile to learn (and that they can only later even dream of mastering). Good rant. Better recipe. Good stuff. Thanks.

  4. Laura, we agree with your rant wholeheartedly. Working hard and finishing the school year strong is what we need.

    And how clever is your bok choy pesto! Love it! We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy Asian green vegetables like baby bok choy, gai lan, dau miu (pea shoots), yu choy, gai choy, etc. https://www.facebook.com/Jade.Asian.Greens

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  5. You are a mind reader! I have a bunch of bok choy at home and I was *just* saying, “What can I do with this bok choy that is not a stir fry?” Bingo! Thanks!

  6. This looks wonderful… so bright and green…

  7. Your vibes are perfect….I needed a pesto for tonight’s left-over chicken and pasta! Perfecto. By the way , your photos are truly a piece of art!

  8. My kids finished their school already and now my house is pretty chaotic. Interesting that they have parties and parties before school ends. I wish my school was like that. My son’s class got to pick a movie last day or so. I don’t think I had a fun movie day in all my school years (but then it’s in different country). I’ve seen so many kinds of pesto, and surely this is my first bok choy pesto! You are so creative! And you are very very hard worker too! 🙂

  9. mjskit at #

    That is sad that the last week of school is nothing but movies! No wonder the kids were so ill prepared by the time I got them. UGH! Great rant! However, I do have to admit that I love the instant gratification from a personal perspective. 🙂 I just took a road trip with a friend and every time an “unknown” came up in the conversation, one of us was pulling out the iPad. We had our answer instantly! Loved it! Your bok choy and cilantro dish looks fabulous and your pictures are lovely! And KR is right – no instant gratification with food photography. You really have to work for it and yours its beautiful.

  10. Such a creative pesto, love the flavors!

  11. What a unique way to use Bok Choy, I love it!

  12. What a novel pesto! Must try – as I’ve made pesto from nearly every other green vegetable 🙂 Baby Bok Choy is so cute – stunning pics as always!

  13. What an interesting pesto! I’ve never even thought of making an asian pesto (the concept messes with my mind a bit) but this looks delicious. And yes – rant validated! Definitely agree that there’s too much instant gratification these days. I’m a gen Y but I still get annoyed at the fact that some children have lost the art of communication (‘texting’ has ruined spelling) and seem to grow up with an over-iniflated sense of entitelement these days!!! Good on you for setting a back-to-basics schedule for them! Hope that you have an amazing Summer together 🙂

  14. Great idea to use bok choy instead of basil. I think going back to the basics is a good plan. We only had parties on the last day too.

  15. Never would have ever thought of using bok choy in pesto! How creative yummy it looks 🙂

  16. Other than sauteed I never know how to use bok choy. Thanks so much for sharing your great pesto recipe. I love the exotic twist you created!

  17. I have to say I agree with you. My kids are adults now, but I had the same feeling then as you do now. They have a summer break to play, and it takes them a month to get back to the swing of things in the fall where they don’t learn much either. Why not just keep it to a day of celebrating the last day of school?

    Anyway, this looks fantastic. I love your pictures.

  18. Joining you from the Meatless Monday Blog Hop! What a yummy recipe! I will be trying this for sure! I am now following you on all social media. Hope you will stop by and do the same!
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