Does it make anyone else crazy when people say “arc-tichokes”? To me it’s almost as bad as saying “nuke-you-ler”. Yes, I’m the one that points out spelling errors, too.
When I saw that I was getting four fresh artichokes in my CSA delivery, I really had no idea what to do with them. The only forms of artichoke I’ve ever eaten are from a can, and on my plate at Millennium. And who knows how they do the voodoo that occurs in their kitchen…
So, I knew that more often than not, whole artichokes are boiled or steamed and served with a dip like mayo or a dressing. To me that seemed like the easy way out, and I’m trying to push my cooking boundaries a little. So I searched around the internet and my cookbooks and did some hard thinking on artichokes, and in the end I decided to steam them and eat them with mayo. These were my first real artichokes, so I figures I should cook them up proper.
I have a jar of Vegennaise in the fridge, but I have a hard time using it for anything but a special occasion, i.e. when other people will be eating most of what I’m making. I remembered that I had seen a lower-cal mayo recipe at My Vegan Cookbook, and so I went with that. I’ve only made a few of Josh’s recipes so far, but what I have has been really good, so I had no doubt the mayo would be a great complement.
(I must admit that I cheated making the mayo. I mashed and whisked the tofu instead of blending it smooth, and I microwaved it for three bursts of 30 seconds instead of cooking it on the stovetop. I was already three dirty pots and pans deep, and I wasn’t going for a fourth. The mayo still turned out great, and that shows just how good the recipe is. Oh, and I added chopped fennel frond just because I had some.)
It was much easier to actually eat the artichoke than I expected. Google “how to eat an artichoke”, read, and that is exactly how it works.
On the side, a quinoa pilaf with onion, carrot, fennel bulb, portobello, white wine and dulse. I also added some fennel seed, making this a triple-fennel meal. I really liked the dulse. I liked the chewy texture and the unique flavor it added. I had forgotten that I bought a big bag of dulse from the bulk bin last time I was at Rainbow, but I will be using it much more now that I know I like it!