March 3rd, 2009

Baby Artichokes - Your Favorite Recipes?

Ok - so in my CSA box this week I got to Artichokes. I have never - ever - seen a full artichoke prepared by someone for eating, only pre-canned or deli bought cut up hearts.

I'm excited for them, but realised, I have no idea what to do with them! I don't even know if the petals are edible.

I'm pretty adept in the kitchen, and have a large amount of ingredients to work with so... what are your favorite artichoke recipes requiring a full artichoke?

Thank you!

Tamarind, what is it?

I inherited the most ridiculous amount of tamarind (in the pods).
I don't even know what it is, what it tastes like, where it comes from.
I did a google/wiki search. But none of the recipies I scanned seemed interesting enough to be work the effort.

They've been in the fridge for about a month.
First, do you think it's still safe?
Second, what do I do with it?

Sauce challenge!

I am a grad student with a part-time job and a dislike of cooking, so I tend to opt for REALLY quick and easy meals. read: sandwiches, pasta, soups, stir fries...

My favourite quick meal is to toss whatever veggies are in the fridge and steam them or fry them and add a sauce. If I have a lot of time I'll make a coconut curry, but often I don't and I'll just add pasta sauce and call it a day. I'd like to expand my repertoire!

SO what are your favourite sauces to have with veggies? Stipulations:
* easy to make
* quick to make
* do not require many (or any!) specialty ingredients - I have nutritional yeast and some spices, but few herbs. I have no idea what to do with those.
* do not use soy sauce as a main ingredient, I am not a fan
* it would be nice if it were relatively healthy, but you know how it is... if it tastes amazing I'll overlook it
* did I mention easy to make?

Thanks guys! Though I am not a fan of cooking I am adventurous as far as my taste buds go, so don't hold back :D

EDIT: forgot to mention that I'm in Canada, so no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods