Seasonal Recipes

Japanese Greens

3 bunches seasonal greens, stripped of stems
1 large clove garlic
2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
12 tsp. red pepper flakes
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 to 2 tsp. sesame oil
Bring a large pot of water to the boil and salt heavily. Rip the greens into large pieces and boil for one full minute in the water, until tender at the stem. Shock in ice water, and drain, squeezing lightly to remove excess water.
In a large mortar and pestle crush the garlic clove and then add the sesame seeds, pounding to crack and release their fragrance. Add the red pepper flakes, sugar, soy sauce, and sesame oil and pound until combined. Add half of the greens and pound lightly to infuse with the aromatics. Add the rest of the greens, if they fit, or pour everything into a bowl and muddle the seasonings and greens until fully coated. Transfer to a serving dish and chill before serving.