2014-11-16 - No Meat Lunch2014-11-16 - Artichokes2014-11-16 - Carcioffi Cooked2014-11-16 - Carcioffi Eaten

Lunch without meat does not often happen in our house, but today’s meal was so good I almost did not miss it. Fritters made from radish leaves, of which the seeds were purchased from Italian Seeds Pronto the very good Italian Franchi seed supplier in New Zealand, complimented by home made yogurt with milk purchased from the most beautiful dairy farm ever. A salad with borage leaves and flowers, the plant being supplied by Kimberley of Good Life Gardens in Dunedin, mixed with radish from the back yard and a good vinaigrette  – mix two parts good extra virgin olive oil with one part of home made apple cider vinegar, ad a bit of salt and pepper and shake well before dressing. Of coarse all were supplemented by good home made wine.

This was followed by artichokes again from our dairy farm in Port Chalmers. We like to cook it in water with a squeeze of lemon until the leaves come free when pulled lightly, then drained. Pull the leaves from the head and dip into good extra virgin olive oil with plenty of salt added to it and then rip the soft flesh from the leave with your teeth. After an enjoyable meal you eventually reach the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – artichoke hearts!

All of the above accompanied by delicious home baked bread and at the end there is no space left for the meat in any way.



5 thoughts on “NO MEAT LUNCH

  1. I think the Italians invented passion for food. Prior to that, only the rich had the privilage to be passionate about what they ate but then Italy took the food world by storm, making simple meals and elevating them to gourmet status by the love that went into the preparation, the joy that the cook invested in the cooking, the fresh, homegrown ingredients with a sterling pedigree and the final result that no matter how humble, always seems to taste amazing because it is first and foremost “Italian”. The food, the people, the ethos. We owe Italy for their invested interests in food and no-one (except maybe vegans 😉 ) gives veggies the love and adoration that Italians do! My 15ft tall artichoke was snapped off at the base by possums. I almost cried. I got 2 small chokes but sadly dragged the rest of my massive plant off to the compost heap to rot in peace. Within days, my artichoke plant had shown that it had magical properties. Not only did it rise from the dead, but it is growing more chokes! I am in awe of artichokes and am growing a lot more so that I never have to cry over spilt chokes ever again. Thank you for this wonderful post. I, too, am a gourmand. I adore food and given my druthers (what a most excellent word!) I would spend my days thinking about food and cooking up a storm. Alas, Stevie-boy sees food as “food” and just eats it absently whilst watching television. I think I need to start a food circle of people who’s food isn’t appreciated and head out to feed the masses! 😉

    • As an Italian, I could not have said it better – Bravo! Artichokes are wonderful plants and excellent eating, both plant and fruit are most beautiful. Live is too short to not eat and drink with well and with enjoyment.

    • Regarding a recipe for fritters – I must admit that my ‘frittering’ is a very random affair! I always add one egg and salt and pepper as well as a pinch of chili flakes to whatever I am using, usually leftover veggies. Then I add flour according to how moist the leftovers are after adding the egg. I like to keep the mix soft enough to be dropped in to a pan of vegetable oil. The depth of the oil depends on how frugal I feel on the day. I am sorry for not having a real recipe to share. I may try and measure next time. 😉

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