Kiss my aaaaaaaaaaaaa-rtichokes

Sorry for the lame joke, but you have to blame Wallace and Grommit for that one.

No one seems to know what to do with these guys, but I find them so easy to grow, a great windbreak, perfect for collecting snails (yum for ducks!), and really tasty. Just get a sharp knife and cut all the outer leaves off, chop the top 2/3 off, leaving you with the lovely tender heart. Quarter, and use like any other vege. They can discolour a bit, so it’s good to chuck them in some lemony or vinegary water, which seems to help.


Made the yummiest marinated artichokes. You steam them whole for about 25 minutes or until a knife goes in easily. Chuck a quarter lemon, a few cloves of garlic and some bay leaves in the water. Cut away the leaves then quarter the hearts when done… I ran mine under cold water so they didn’t burn my fingers.

For 10 artichokes, I made a dressing of about half a cup of olive oil, a half cup white wine or red wine vinegar, juice of half a lemon, 2 cloves smashed garlic and salt and pepper. You can eat straight away on fresh bread with shaved parmesan or manchego, or leave to marinate nicely in fridge.

Here’s a few recipes – all from SBS food, but they had the most interesting recipes!

Chicken and artichoke soup with Saffron Mayo

Lamb Tagine with Kofta, goats cheese and artichoke

Artichoke and Olive pan pies

Quinoa Paella with Spring Vegetables

Look over here, everyone!

it’s Victor!            

– He’s here!

– Our hero.                  

Please, sir, kiss my baby.

– Another time, perhaps.

– Kiss my potato.
– Not now.

– Kiss my aaaa – rtichoke.



One Comment Add yours

  1. desmond1on says:

    Please save snails for hungry sailor,Angus offer to cook Escargot!.. Hmmm, dont know what it is but sounds yum,:-).


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