My first artichoke experiment…mmm, not bad

No way am I posting a picture of this one!  It fell apart a little and wasn’t very photogenic!  However, for my first time, using only a YouTube video to tell me how to do it, it was an “A+” for effort, a “B+” for taste.  This is what I did:


1 artichoke, trimmed and prepared for boiling
1 fresh lemon
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp turmeric

Fill large stock pot to level high enough to cover submerged artichoke.  Add all ingredients.  Place artichoke in stock pot, using a strainer basket (or other item that is submersible in boiling water) to provide a weight to hold artichoke in a submersed position in the pot.  Bring water to a boil, and then simmer for about 45 minutes, or until leaves are tender.  Serve while warm with choice of artichoke dipping sauce or mayo.

A dipping sauce for my artichoke (completely my own design, for better or worse):

2 tbsp tahini paste
Juice from one lemon
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry parsley flakes
pinch of ground cumin
1 tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce
sprinkle smoked paprika on top

Mix all ingredients into a bowl and stir until well blended and suitable for dipping.  Add a little water, if necessary to thin.