Nourish: Spring Vegetable Don

NourishMay 9, 2024

Nourish: Spring Vegetable Don

A celebration of seasonal abundance: As the tender hues of spring unfold across our landscapes, bringing with them the vibrant energy of new beginnings, we find solace and joy in the kitchen with dishes that celebrate the season's harvest. This Spring Vegetable Don is one such dish—a simple yet deliciously satisfying bowl that captures the essence of spring in every spoonful.

This dish is an ode to the vibrant produce that spring ushers in, from the tender snap of green and white asparagus to the sweet pop of peas and the crisp bite of radishes. Each ingredient adds its own whisper of the season, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that are both comforting and invigorating. The best part is, you can use whatever vegetables you please and it will be a beautiful medley of textures and flavour. It is so versatile and forgiving, inviting you to use whatever you have on hand or what looks most enticing at the market.

This is not just a meal; it’s a moment to enjoy the transient beauty of spring, with each ingredient bringing its own story to the bowl and celebrating the end of the long winter. This dish does more than nourish the body—it provides a connection to the rhythm of nature, reminding us to savor the fleeting moments of beauty and freshness that each season brings. Enjoy this meal as a quiet evening retreat or a vibrant social dinner—it adapts to every setting with grace.

Spring Vegetable Don Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • A variety of spring vegetables such as asparagus, peas, edamame, and radishes 
  • Neutral oil, for cooking
  • Dashi, for a comforting umami base
  • Leafy greens of your choice
  • Japanese white rice, cooked and steaming hot
  • Salt and pepper to taste

STEPS

  1. Gather your cleaned spring vegetables. If using asparagus, snap off the woody ends and slice if large; shell peas and edamame if fresh; slice radishes thinly.  
  2. In a large frying pan, heat a splash of oil over medium heat.
  3. Start by sautéing the vegetables that take the longest to cook, such as asparagus and radishes. As they begin to soften, add the quicker-cooking peas and edamame.
  4. Keep the heat at a level that allows the vegetables to sizzle gently without burning, stirring occasionally.
  5. Once the vegetables are nearly tender, pour in enough dashi to just cover the vegetables.
  6. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a boil, which will meld the flavors together.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. If you're adding leafy greens, stir them in last, allowing them to wilt but retain their vibrant color.
  9. Spoon the hot Japanese rice into your favourite OWIU Goods bowl and ladle the vegetable and dashi mixture over the top.
  10. The warmth of the rice will soak up the flavorful broth, making each bite a delight where you taste nothing but the season’s freshness.

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