Upset and baffled by my horrendous attempt at my last artichoke, I went at it again. I spoke to one of the chefs at the restaurant that I work at and asked how he made our artichoke appetizer, specifically how he cooked his artichokes. While I grew up in a household that swore by steaming them I thought I would trust him and go with his full blown boiling method. So, I prepped the same way I did last time, but here’s how I cooked them:
*Boil water (fill the pot about 3/4 full)
I added garlic and lemon for flavor
*After water comes to a boil place artichokes inside and bring heat down to a simmer and place a lid on top.
*Cook for about 45 minutes (You’ll know when your artichoke is ready when you can easily pull off a leaf- *use tongs!*)
*Serve with melted butter (I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and an oil/candle thing- though I cleaned the dish like crazy- to put the butter in and keep it warm while you’re eating)
They were AMAZING!! YUMyumYUM
I also cooked salmon lettuce wraps (sshhh! They were SO easy). I bought this amazing Thai salmon from Ralphs that was preseasoned and frozen (found by the fish department). Then I picked up Boston lettuce, carrots (I shredded them), water chestnuts, brown rice, and a sweet and sour dipping sauce. As you can see from the bf laying flat on his back… they went over very well!
Confession: The above full boyfriend was surprised by this meal from me. He came over to my apt thinking that we were going out and SHOCK… my place smelled of food! Oh, and this was the FIRST time I’ve ever done this… and we’ve been dating for oh um… around 4 years 😉
Confession #2: I had FUN! It’s nice to have control and knowledge of what goes into your body… I’m excited to learn and experiment with future cooking skills