Once more I´m back to show a part of my life, a part of me. In this case I´m going to show you a very odd, but interesting (in my opinion) food that we eat in my family since I have memory.
For those who don´t know what artichokes are, it´s an eatable plant, a vegetable very common in Europe and I believe in America also.
Where I come from, artichokes are not very common, you can only find them through spring season and sometimes (depending on our weird weather), in summer. As far as I know, everybody around me don´t even recongnize them by name, so imagine their looks when I tell them that it is my favourite vegetable EVER!. Since I was a little girl I remember eating them with my family. It was kind of a family tradition during spring. Mom used to buy, till this day, all of the artichokes she found in our local markets. We get crazy over them. We are weird, I know!
When I met my boyfriend I just couldn´t believe that he also had this fascination over this vegetable, until he explained me that it was because of his french family. You can imagine how happy I was to be able to share this “passion” with him.
I´m going to share with you the way my family and myself prepare them. Hope you try it some time!
First of all you are going to be needing:
- Vegetable Oil
- Black Pepper
Once you have all of these ingredients you should start cooking those artichokes, since it takes quite some time to get tender on the inside.
So grab those artichokes, cut the stalk off and put them into a big pot filled with water.
You will notice that these will float, so don´t worry about filling the pot with too much water to cover them.
Te get them perfectly cooked (which is after around half an hour or 40 minutes depending on the size) just check on them by inserting a knife on the leftover of the stalk, if it goes right inside of it, it´s because it´s tender on the inside and its ready to take them out of the boiling water. Another way you can ckeck on it is by trying to take one of the inner leaves from the artichoke. If it comes out easily, then it´s ready to eat.
During the actual cooking or steaming of the artichokes, you can do my recipe of the Lemon Sauce.
Grab the two lemons (or one depending on how many artichokes you are cooking, two lemons for more than 4 artichokes), slice them in half and squeeze them into a mini bowl to get the juice. Don´t forget to remove the seeds from it.
Once you have all the juice from the lemons, add about 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and 3 teaspoons of salt. This amounts are not very certain. While I was doing it I just counted how many do I usually use because it´s a lot about how it tastes to you. You might like it more sour or more salty or less strong. That depends on you. To me those are the best measurements to get it so tasty.
Once you combined the lemon juice, the salt and the vegetable oil, don´t forget to add the ground black pepper to add a bit of spice.
You will get something like this:
What are waiting for? EAT!
Now that you have everything done, start grabbing each leaf, dip it in the lemon sauce (dont forget to stir it up a bit to get all flavours mixed up) scrap your teeth along the leaf to scoop the flesh and enjoy this deliciousness!. YUMMY!
I know that this way of eating it might not be the most common one or the healthiest either. It´s just a family tradition that I wanted to share with you. Also, don´t forget what I said earlier, in my country they are not attainable all year round, only in spring season.
We usually eat them at dinner time because it´s something fresh and doesn´t leave you with a heavy afterwards.
Hope you enjoyed this recipe and tell me in the comment section down below if you already know them, how do you eat them or if you tried it my way!.
Till the next post,