Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Artichokes are in Season...
We had a fire in our apartment block today. I was grappling with proof reading a math paper when the sirens started going off. The police first arrived, then a fire engine arrived.
We could see smoke coming from an apartment located to the left hand side of us one floor below us and the air was quickly getting permeated with the smell of burnt plastic among other things. Neighbors were out on the road inside the community gates and outside and there were lots of people staring-up at the foul dark smoke coming from the offending apartment.
Then we saw water cascading from the balcony of this apartment and pouring down onto the newly cleaned terrace of the ground floor apartment below this one. I guess these neighbors won't be happy when they come home later on and find sooty water all over their terrace but hell...the fire was in the apartment right above them so I'm sure they'll be relieved that the fire didn't spread to theirs.
Anyhow after so much unwanted excitement Ronny headed for the Torremolinos mercadillo while I sat down to finish my work.
Ronny came home with these. Artichokes are now in season and cost only 99 centimos/1kg so it's something you don't want to miss just now - unless you hate artichokes.
So how do we eat our artichokes?
Ronny washed the artichokes, cut off the tops of each one, and let them float on water inside a large pot. He then poured the juice of one lemon into them, let the water come to a boil and then left them simmering for 25 minutes. We then removed them from the pot, drained them and just dipped the petals in melted butter and soy sauce and ate them all. The heart? We just shaved off the 'beard' and ate them in the same way as the petals.
Back in California in 1978 when I had my first artichokes, my mom served them with melted butter and lemon. Mixing soy sauce into the butter was something we stumbled on across accidentally, but since it tasted good this way, we've been doing it ever since.