Mom’s recipe: Baked artichokes


Is there a better meal than one cooked by your mom? Oh, don’t bother to answer, I already know what you’re gonna say: Nope.

Everyone loves their mom’s cooking, the way she cooks macaroni or that special soup that you’ve been for years trying to make it taste the same way she does. And the thing is it doesn’t matter how hard you try, there’s no human way of meeting your mother in the kitchen and beat her ass off… But hey! Do you really care about that? Not me.

The truth is I love how she cooks, and I love going home and eat everything she makes, I love not being able of prepare certain dishes and make them taste the way she does and also love the way she makes a meal for 6 people and makes it taste as good as if it was for 1 or 2. That’s what I find trickiest.

Trying to cook all this dishes you’ve been eating all your life with so much pleasure is as natural as eating, just as it is natural to fail doing it and disappoint yourself because it turned out not being what you expected. Is like your taste buds had lost half of they sensitivity. But hey, don’t worry, cooking is an art, and as such, it improves with practice. Sooo the best way of matching your mom is to try again and again and, eventually one day your dish will taste a little bit closer to hers. That’s what I’ve been trying since I moved to Valencia, and now (almost 9 years later) I start finding some of my dishes as good as the ones I ate when I was at home.

I owe my mother my passion for cooking and I wanted her to be around here in some way. She and my grandma are the best cookers I’ve known and so I want to dedicate a few posts to their dishes, or my poorer version of them. So every once in a while I will post a “Mom’s recipe”.

When I was little I didn’t like eating artichokes, I hated their taste and was lazy enough to avoid getting my hands dirty with such an odious vegetable, with this recipe I’m sharing today my mother made me enjoy them, but not only that, she made me love artichokes. In fact, today they are one of my favorite vegetables and I cook them once or twice a week throughout the season.

Ingredients: (2 people)

  • 4 artichokes
  • 150 gr/ 5 ounces sausage or ham
  • 200 gr/ 7 ounces tomato sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180ºC/360F. Cut the artichokes’ tails, wash them and open the leaves.
  2. Dress with some salt, pepper and olive oil.
  3. Bake for one hour and a half .
  4. Meanwhile, stir-fry the sausage or ham until it turns golden brown.
  5. Incorporate the tomato sauce and stir-fry at medium-low heat for 5 more minutes.
  6. Once baked, add the sauce to the artichokes with a spoon, making sure that part of the sauce gets inside them. Bake again for 10 more minutes.

Tips:

  • An easy way of opening the artichokes’ leaves is putting them upside down and gentle press the bottom.
  • To see if the artichokes are cooked enough prick the artichokes with a toothpick. They’ll be cooked if you can do it without any trouble.
  • Baking time depends on the size of the artichokes, I used medium-sized ones.

Make sure you’ve got napkins around you while eating this tasty dish or things will get messy. Have a nice meal!

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Mood’s music: #1 Hey I love music!


I think the time has arrived, on my last post (yeah, it was looooong ago) I let you understand I was willing to share some more of my private life, maybe use this blog as a diary. I wasn’t sure about all this idea because it’s hard to think what part of my life may interest you, but then I remembered why I started writing here: wasn’t it because of me? Right now I need to write, write a lot, and meditate about my life and what my next steps are. So, with this post I’m starting a diary, a diary where I’ll share some of my deepest thoughts and concerns but also my happy moments and good news.

Guess you’ll be thinking why is she calling this series of posts Mood’s Music and not mood’s diary? Well, you’ll read a deeper explanation right below but let me ask you a question: Isn’t it easier if you sweeten it with some music? Every week I’ll choose a song to share with you as a recap of my thoughts (or just a song I’ve been listening to o recently discovered), that way I’ll be explaining myself better.

Everyone should have something that helps them run away real world, something that no matter what’s going on around or the problems you have, it always makes you feel happy, something you feel inspired about even on your worst days. I found my “something” last year when I started my singing lessons.

Music has always been a big part of my life, I’ve been playing piano and flute since I was 13,  love dancing, have a soundtrack for everything that happens to me, I match every person with a song that remembers me of a certain memory with them… (is this a bit freaky?) It’s deep inside of me.

But when it comes to singing this feeling becomes way more intense. It doesn’t matter how my day was, what bad things happened or if I am sad, when I sing everything else disappears and I find comfort after a couple of songs. Singing makes me really, really happy and it helps me express my feelings the correct way. I found my something and I’m really glad about it.

The song I chose today is one I’ve been working on at my singing lessons. The message is not really positive but I LOVE this song and wanted to share.

What about you? Let me know what your “somethings” are.