Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Experimenting with artichokes

One of my favourite winter soups is jerusalem artichoke soup. It has an irresistable flavour that stands on its own. However tonight I experimented with another vegetable with amazing flavour - the globe artichoke. Although they have similar names the two plants are quite different. The jerusalem artichoke is a tuber and the globe artichoke is a thistle.  

It was the first time I've ever cooked a globe artichoke so I wasn't sure what to do. Luckily the internet is brimming over with useful tips for artichoke novices like me. There are videos for cleaning, cooking (chose your style) and even for eating them.

I chose the simple boiling method and served it on a bed of lemon and olive oil tossed fettucine with a tomato, almond,onion and mushroom sauce. The tomato sauce wasn't quite thick enough so I need to work on that but the flavours worked well.

At the start of week three my healthy change of diet is working well. I'm starting to lose some weight and I'm not craving those orange and poppy seed muffins. Spring is in the air so I'm starting to walk a bit more. It's amazing what difference a blue sky makes.

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