Sunday, October 14, 2007

Artichoke Hearts, Rosemary-Grilled Zucchini, Leftover Risotto

I steamed the five large artichoke hearts I had found on sale a few days back for just 50 cents apiece; we each had two and saved the fifth. I made a simple dipping sauce with melted Earth Balance margarine, fresh lime juice, fresh herbs (rosemary and oregano), freshly ground black pepper, and salt. I also grilled on my cast iron pan halved zucchini, face down and with a sprig of rosemary on the open face.


At Mon Oct 15, 11:33:00 PM EDT, Blogger Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Ohhhh... artichokes. I would DIE if I had two all to myself! Usually my kids and I split one, cause they are EXPENSIVE around here. This looks so so so good!

Hey, off topic but I heard you're going to be in Albuquerque this week? Way cool.

At Tue Oct 16, 12:24:00 AM EDT, Blogger मन कस्तुरी रे.. said...

Hi Dilip

How does this artichoke taste? Like cabbage? Does it taste good only steamed and without spices? What did you eat as a staple food in this dinner? I really appreciate your dishes so full of veggies and less carbs. Here we can not imagine a meals without rice or chapatis.


At Wed Oct 24, 12:53:00 AM EDT, Blogger Dilip said...

Hi tofu mom - good to hear from you; thanks for your commment. I also see your picture that wasn't there last you commented - good to connect a face with your thoughtful comments.

Yikes, how did you hear about ABQ? That's where I write from - I'm on a fabulous trip where we flew in to Las Vegas (we ate at a good raw food vegan restaurant and found amazing vegan donuts - one still left!!), visited Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Mesa Verde National Parks, and ended up in lovely New Mexico. Minutes ago, my wife landed back home, but I get to stay on a little longer.

I am briefly online today for the first time since we left and hope to post more details of the food we've been enjoying. It's amazing how word gets around! See you! --Dilip

At Wed Oct 24, 12:56:00 AM EDT, Blogger Dilip said...

Hi Ashwini - thanks for your comment. Artichokes taste different depending on if they are grilled, roasted, sauteed, or steamed. Steamed as in this meal, the heart itself and the "meat" on the leaf ends has a soft but yet somewhat firm texture, but I'm at a loss to describe the flavor, other than saying it is a little subtle. Sorry that I'm not able to be more articulate! Thanks for your kind words!

At Sun Oct 28, 01:19:00 PM EDT, Blogger Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Ashwini, artichokes are not strongly flavored like cabbage, they have a very unique, delicate flavor unlike any other veggie that I can think of.

Dilip - Abq. is indeed lovely - your whole trip sounds amazing actually. The young man who showed you around Abq. happens to a very good friend of mine :) :) Glad you had a good time, I'd love to see pictures...


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