Artichokes are seasonal and that season is upon us! Go down to the store, buy yourself some, then tonight you get to munch this masterpiece: Steamed Artichokes with a Balsamic and Olive Oil Dressing.
Serves 4 4 fresh artichokes, washed well under cold running water 3 tbsp (45ml) water ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil 2 tbsp (30ml) balsamic vinegar salt and freshly ground pepper Place artichokes into a heavy based saucepan and add water, olive oil and vinegar. Season well with salt and pepper and cover with lid. Heat gently, allowing it to simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until artichoke leaves pull of easily and the liquid is reduced to half. Remove artichokes from pot, place onto a platter and pour over dressing. To eat, pull off the leaves, dip the broken end into any extra dressing, eat this and discard the rest. When you reach the centre, scrape away the hairy choke, discard, and eat the artichoke heart.