Get Growing : Getgrowing_5 Oct 2012
26 I love the shared ritual of eating artichokes – tearing off the petals one by one and scraping away the small portion of tender flesh with your teeth. They make a lovely starter served with hollandaise or this light, zingy vinaigrette. Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15-20 mins Ingredients • 6 medium-large artichokes • 2 tbsp salt Shallot Vinaigrette • 1 tbsp very finely chopped shallot or spring onion (white part) • 1⁄4 cup boutique extra virgin olive oil • 2 tbsp lemon juice • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar • 1 tsp dijon mustard • salt and ground black pepper Trim the stem from each artichoke and remove the tough outer layer of petals at the base. If not cooking at once, place trimmed artichokes in a bowl of water with 2 tbsp lemon juice/vinegar. This helps prevent browning. When ready to cook, place artichokes in a large pot, cover with water and add salt. Boil until they are very tender and the petals can easily be pulled off (about 15-20 minutes, depending on their size). Lift out with a slotted spoon, drain and allow to cool for 10 minutes. To make Shallot Vinaigrette, shake all the ingredients together in a small jar. Place artichokes on a serving platter or individual plates and gently press down on top to open out the petals into a flower shape. Drizzle with half the dressing and place the rest in a small bowl for dipping. To eat, pull off petals and scrape the soft part from the base with your teeth. As you get towards the heart, cut or scrape out the prickly choke in the centre and eat the tender heart. Watch Annabel’s cooking videos on her website: www.annabel-langbein.com. ARTICHOKES WITH VINAIGRETTE WIN ANNABEL’S BOOKS We have one set of autographed copies of Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook and Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures up for grabs. To enter, email getgrowing@nzgardener. co.nz with ‘Simple Pleasures’ as the subject. Entries close October 31.
12 Oct 2012