Sunday, 3 July 2016

Steamed artichokes with balsamic vinaigrette

Artichokes are great in combating water retention and bloating. They are a great source of antioxidants and folic acid. A perfect anti-aging food!
Steamed Artichokes:
4 artichoke globes +Riverford 
1/2 a lemon
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbs of whole pepper
1/2 cup of wine (optional but recommended for even better taste)
water ( to reach about 2 cm / 1 inch high in the pot)
Wash and clean the artichokes and cut the stems off. Then slice the garlic and add the pieces randomly inside the leaves.

Then place the globes in the pot, put sliced lemon in between the globes, sprinkle with pepper and add wine and water. Steam over low heat.
Check regularly so the water does not evaporate. You will have to add some water throughout the cooking.
It takes about an hour for them to be cooked. It depends on the size and toughness of the globes. You need to test them after about half an hour by pulling one leaf off and if it goes out easily, they are done.  Mine took about 1 1/2 hours to cook.
Prepare your vinaigrette as the artichokes are cooking.
Balsamic Vinaigrette:
2 tsp of good quality balsamic v inegar
3 tsp of Dijon mustard; I like to use +Maille France  
2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, depending how you like it
Pepper and a little pinch of salt; I like to use +Maldon Salt 



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