Doesn't this artichoke look fabulous?
Well, it wasn't.
I bought that big, beautiful vegetable and couldn't wait to make it for my mom and Carson. Took it out of the fridge Saturday night, looked at it, and suddenly realized I had no idea how to cook artichokes!? I am no culinary genius, but I normally have a pretty good grasp on how to cook food. This artichoke, however, stared up at me like a creature from another planet.
What do you want from me, Mr. Spiky Plant?
Make me, you huge idiot.
So I read some recipes and was overcome by a surge of confidence. I CAN DO THIS! I cut the stem and trimmed the leaves and put it in a pot with olive oil, white wine and vegetable stock. I sprinkled it with chopped garlic, salt and pepper and Italian Seasoning. I let it simmer for what seemed like forever. YAY ME!
Well, it was NOT long enough because the meat of the 'choke was firm and crunchy. Next time I will follow a recipe until I have it down.
On to another topic... MY NEW CAMERA!!! My son (with some help from his amazing father) gave me this yesterday for Mother's Day! Now I can take pictures of food on something other than my Blackberry!! I'm really hoping I can read the manual and figure this thing out...
Don't tell my son (or his father) but I would have been just as happy with my beautiful homemade card : )
Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day!