Aren’t they lovely? Don’t they fill you with anticipation of …erm… creamy root vegetableness? Are you thrilling to your very core, trembling with a desire to reach through your interweb portal, grab them, and run off to create a gorgeous dish of… something?
There’s just one problem. I need to confess.
I don’t know what to do with an artichoke. For apparently that’s what they are.
Clearly, I have much to learn. I feel very ignorant, and I’ve learnt something today from an 8 year old, who grew these in the garden (his garden, not mine, AND his tomatoes were better than mine last summer. Meh).
He asked what I thought they were, and was allowed five guesses. For comedy value, seeing as how it gave him a good laugh, here were my answers:
- Root ginger
- A new variety of potato
- Dead witches fingers
- Warped parsnips
- Deflated rugby balls
After he’d finished howling with laughter, he got me to help with his maths homework and then asked if I was a proper cooker.
I had to say no, as I didn’t know what to do with these miracle vegetables.
I have obviously disappointed him. So I thought I’d ask you what to do with them. Then I can show him, via the genius of the World Wide Wobble, how they turned out. And be his cooker hero again.
What would you do with 5 And A Half knobbly artichokes?