How clever were we trading South of France for rainy Copenhagen and 13 degrees celcius in mid June? Not very clever! So instead of waking up, enjoying the view over the mountains and the small town in the valley and taking a morning dip in the pool, I had a very aggressive alarm clock waking me up after just five hours of sleep and then I had to make breakfast and lunch boxes out of a completely empty fridge followed by walking the kids to school in the pouring rain. What a contrast, huh?
So I’m going to bring some holiday spirit to this blog today! When we’re in France, we always have artichokes with lots of butter. My daughter loves them! Or maybe she just loves the butter, I’m not sure! I just recently realized that so many people have no clue how to cook – or eat – an artichoke and that’s such a shame. Partly because they’re delicious but also because it’s really, really simple!
Artichokes are actually fairly low in carbs too. 10g carbohydrate per 100g and about 5 g fibres, leaving artichokes to be a good low carb option. Especially when served with good amounts of butter for a satisfying high fat meal.
This is what artichokes look like. I think they’re so pretty!
SERVES 2 PERSONS
- 2 artichokes
- some lemon juice
- plenty of butter
HERE’S HOW EASY IT IS…
2. Bring water to boil in a large pot and add lemon juice and salt to the water. Add artichokes to boiling water and let them cook for 30-40 minutes with the lid on.
3. Take up the artichokes from the water and leave them to dry head down on a tea towel. Cut the stem off close to the head so it evens out and the artichoke can stand up on a plate. Serve with lots of salted butter.
Instead of butter, you can serve it with olive oil with some salt and lemon added to it. I do prefer butter, though.
HOW DO YOU EAT THE ARTICHOKE?
You eat it by removing one leaf at a time and dipping it in butter. Place it dip side down in your mouth, and pull through teeth to remove soft, delicious meat from the leaf. Continue until all the leaves are gone and you see the artichoke heart. Put the finished leaves aside on a plate. Or as someone wrote to me on Instagram yesterday: Artichoke is the only vegetable that takes up more space after being eaten. So very true!