‘Tis the season for Artichokes!! Well, not for much longer now, but I sure made the most of it, eating artichokes every week and loving it!
Still not quite getting used to their size here, which I find quite small compared to the French ones, but very satisfying nonetheless! Even though I swore myself to try this great recipe I saw a few months back on Italian Food Safari, I can’t help but go back to that really simple one: boiled, then served with a nice vinaigrette… just yum!
I first cut off the stem really short…
… then the top off the artichokes.
The artichoke is ready for boiling.
After cooking the artichokes for about 30 minutes in boiling water, in which one lemon cut into quarters was added to avoid the artichokes to darken, I drained them as much as possible and place them directly in the plate.
I eat my way through the artichoke from the outside, scraping the leaves through my teeth one by one after dipping them into a vinaigrette composed of: salt, pepper, a spoonful of Dijon mustard, chopped parsley, red wine vinegar, a bit of mayonnaise or cream and grapeseed oil. There is really only the white-ish bit of the leaf that is worth eating, the rest is inedible.
After a while I reach a point where there is really not much left to eat off the tiny leaves.
I peel them off, then the kind of hairy fibres that are covering the artichoke heart.
I finally uncover the heart, considered the best bit of the artichoke, and cut it into bits which I also dip into the vinaigrette… it’s crunchy and delicious!
Gosh I love artichokes! They are really tasty and fun to eat! It is a very pleasant ritual, peeling them until finding the coveted heart… yep, that’s my kind of food 🙂