As a Polish, I’m no authority when it comes to artichokes. If you had given them to me some years ago, I wouldn’t even know where to start, thinking that they belong in a vase rather than on a plate. That’s why discovering the culinary side of artichokes was so much fun. I occasionally consumed them in the past couple of years, but I got a proper induction last year only when I travelled to Rome. The artichoke season was at its peak with carciofi being served in every place and form: deep-fried in Testaccio market, sauteed in virgin olive oil served over pasta in the Roman ghetto or stuffed with breadcrumbs and baked near the Colloseum. What a feast it was!
Fortunately, I’m currently living in a country that grows its own artichokes. And guess what: they’re gonna be around until June, the sad end of the artichoke season.
I got really lucky this week: Mujeb Organic Farm was kind enough to gift us a bag of fresh, tasty artichokes for which, both myself and Mike are very grateful! In our first attempt, we halved and baked them topped with a mix of breadcrumbs, crunchy almonds, lemon zest, some chilli and garlic. They turned out lovely. Our friend Angela also mentioned that her mum used to steam them. And you? What are some of your favourite ways to eat artichokes?