This easy easy recipe cookery demo begins with cheerful summer scenes of artichokes growing in a field and a great deal of enthusiasm for this less common ingredient. While most of us would probably recognise an artichoke perhaps fewer would really know how to prepare and cook them.
This short video clip is an ideal introduction to the artichoke. One sees them growing, hears a bit about the taste and the possibility of eating artichokes raw - apparently they do in Sicily (Italy), though sliced very thin and eaten as part of a salad.
Sounds great !
The cookery demonstration part of this clip is approx. the latter two-thirds of it and includes preparation of artichokes for inclusion in a simple easy to make dish of "braised artichoke, broad beans and mint". This is not likely to be a main dish but would make a rather a delicious side to accompany various meats, fish dishes, pies or vegetarian or vegan mains.
Presented by Riverford Organic Vegetables
This cookery demonstration seemed to start slowly but the summer scenes are a tonic themselves when looking for easy recipes and cookery inspiration in general on a dark January day! We also appreciated the cheerful music: sounds of spring and sights of summer were welcome.
If you haven't tried preparing and cooking artichokes before this may be just the encouragement you need to give them a try.
The specific "braised artichoke with broad beans and mint" recipe certainly looks easy enough to do.
The greatest hassle may be planning ahead to buy this slightly more unusual vegetable from a greengrocer or supermarket.
There are no special gadgets or devices needed to try this super easy recipe at home.
The main utensils used are good quality knives, suitable pans and stove, and of course serving dishes.
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The YouTube title for this video is "How to cook Artichoke, Broad Beans and Mint video recipe - with Riverford Organic Vegetable".
It is made available by Hill Tribe Productions (http://www.youtube.com/user/HillTribeProductions), and was released 7 January 2011.