Hello Again! How was your TG? Mine was lovely, thanks. So, I have to admit this weeks New Food was not actually eaten this week but a few weeks ago so I'm doing this from memory a little bit. Second admission is that this technically isn't a new food for me- HOWEVER- I have never made it, nor have I ever hunkered down and properly tackled a real, whole artichoke. Kind of a strange experience, I have to say. I bought one whilst hopelessly perusing the veggie section, thinking of ways to shock and awe you with my food prowess- or lack thereof. I was clueless how to prepare it, or even how to eat it since I've only had it in dip and on veggie pizza (hmmm- thinking of that is making me hungry). So when I read on Simply Recipes that you actually eat the leaves, but only part of each leaf, my eyebrows furrowed in confusion. So, you're telling me that I cook this ginormous thing but throw half of it out? I said to myself. Wasteful. But, I went on with my research because I'm hopelessly and tirelessly dedicated to you. sigh... forehead swoon.
I followed these directions to a T (although, now that I think of it, I think I boiled it instead of steaming it). I'd show you pics but its rather boring. A pot of water. No thanks. Me standing there watching the pot until it FINALLY boils. Double no thanks. A splash of lemon some salt and garlic powder (which made a really gross film on my pot by the way)- eh, I'll pass.
But here it is all boiled and arranged. See that stuff popping out of the top of the leaf like Guido's chest hair? THAT's what you're supposed to eat.
So, its weird. Its kind of like something I can see cheesy people eating when they want to be romantic. Eww. That just makes me uncomfortable. Its right up there with the word panties. So, I had to get over that. The dip too- I just felt wrong eating mayo with a little vinegar in it. The thought of it now makes me wanna barf. But anyway, I dipped the leaf into the mayo and pulled my teeth across the leaf as directed. A little meat came out and I ate it, then discarded the remainder of the leaf on my designated trash plate. Hmmm. Appetizing. Repeat 1000 times. So, here's the thing. I thought it tasted o.k. while I ate it but it haunted me all day after I was done- not in a physical way but a mental one. Every time I smelled evidence of it I cursed the day I let artichoke into my house. I think it was the mayo mix that really put me over the edge. Ug. I think I'm gonna stick to canned artichoke hearts and I'll leave the real deal to the love birds.
over and out. k.