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The imp god is always with me, whispering ideas, b...

2008-05-29T07:56:00.000-07:00

The imp god is always with me, whispering ideas, but then everyone around me says "oh no, we don't want you to go to all that trouble, that sounds hard, don't bother" so I'm a very frustrated devotee. After awhile the imp god stops whispering and starts hitting, so then I just make whatever the hell I want and other people eat it all and then talk about how hard it must have been and how I shouldn't have afterwards. %$*(&#^



I hate fresh artichokes. Ok I love them but I hat...

2008-05-29T06:12:00.000-07:00

I hate fresh artichokes. Ok I love them but I hate dealing with them. You did a lot better than I would have. I would have said fuck it after about 3 minutes and threw everything into the compost bin eerrr...buried it in the compost bin so they did not mock me by looking at me everytime I walked by.



Mmmm, definitely the kind of thing that I'd make. ...

2008-05-24T05:19:00.000-07:00

Mmmm, definitely the kind of thing that I'd make. If I had a kitchen. Which, as you know, I currently don't. Not that I'm sulking, or anything.



GOD, since my sites been down i've been so out of ...

2008-05-23T07:11:00.000-07:00

GOD, since my sites been down i've been so out of the loop!!!! THIS look amazing, heather. this nettle phenom is all over the food blogs. i think i'm the only person who hasn't done anything w/ morels, ramps, nettles or fiddleheads.

i really love this idea though - mmmm artichokes.



That is one fine dish. Haven't seen nettles around...

2008-05-22T21:47:00.000-07:00

That is one fine dish. Haven't seen nettles around my parts these days (and definitely not around my private parts...ouch!) but I bet the tips of vetch would work pretty well as a sub.

As for the leaves, make artichoke soup out of them. I will post the recipe in a day or so for you.



I've been trying to be a bit more thrifty in my ov...

2008-05-22T07:53:00.000-07:00

I've been trying to be a bit more thrifty in my overspending on veg as I have a tendency to purchase 'extra' and watch it rot away.

I do love the idea of an artichoke risotto though.



you leave me in your damn dust, goddamnit...great ...

2008-05-22T07:32:00.000-07:00

you leave me in your damn dust, goddamnit...

great post all around, goddamnit



Any leftovers? Pleaseeeee say yes!!! You are my he...

2008-05-22T06:45:00.000-07:00

Any leftovers? Pleaseeeee say yes!!! You are my hero! I LOVE♥ your risotto, looks great and I bet it tasted like heaven :D.
I'm the opposite, never use canned artichokes... didn't you feel the difference?



No no no! Shallow frying is deep frying for those ...

2008-05-22T04:30:00.000-07:00

No no no! Shallow frying is deep frying for those of us who couldn't be bothered at home! I can make these fritters after 1/2 bottle of champagne and still not cut or burn myself. Seriously, you must!



THAT's the perfect remedy for a shitty day!I like ...

2008-05-21T20:41:00.000-07:00

THAT's the perfect remedy for a shitty day!

I like your cookin', but you knew that already.



Catherine - Well, I did hit the butter and booze p...

2008-05-21T19:53:00.000-07:00

Catherine - Well, I did hit the butter and booze pretty hard. Not together, mind you, but hey, that really might be something.

Jen - I just stirred the nettles in a colander with a tongs to wash them. When thy hit the boiling water they don't sting anymore.

Syd - Gordon Ramsey would eat risotto off my tits and you know it.

Chuck - He would if he ate it off my tits!

Melody - Thanks! I'd make it again for sure.

Celene - Aw, thanks!

Petah - I love languages too! I'm so impressed that you knew what trichomes refer to. :D



"Venomous trichomes"...tricha=hair in Greek!...Sor...

2008-05-21T13:01:00.000-07:00

"Venomous trichomes"...tricha=hair in Greek!...Sorry I just love languages! I too despise culling away at the many layers to find the perfect inner one (sounds like a lot of my pretentious friends!)...another stunning creation Ms Heather.



this is so ingenious, impressive, AND appetizing. ...

2008-05-21T12:30:00.000-07:00

this is so ingenious, impressive, AND appetizing. kudos!



This looks simply delicious!

2008-05-21T12:18:00.000-07:00

This looks simply delicious!



I think if you made that risotto on Hells Kitchen ...

2008-05-21T12:00:00.000-07:00

I think if you made that risotto on Hells Kitchen you would become a favorite of Gordon Ramsay. Looks amazingly delicious!



Risotto? You DONKEY! Is somebody watching Hell's K...

2008-05-21T11:07:00.000-07:00

Risotto? You DONKEY! Is somebody watching Hell's Kitchen?



This looks amazing, but I think I'm a nettle whimp...

2008-05-21T09:20:00.000-07:00

This looks amazing, but I think I'm a nettle whimp. What do you do to them to clean them, etc.? Artichokes don't bother me at all, OTOH.



How come you just didn't go to bed with a bag a of...

2008-05-21T09:10:00.000-07:00

How come you just didn't go to bed with a bag a of bar-b-q potatoe chips after that wet day?
Because you're KICK ASS HEATHER who lets no gnarly vegetable get in the way of culinary stupendousificousy.
Word.



Thanks, Judy! Well, at least now you have another ...

2008-05-21T08:12:00.000-07:00

Thanks, Judy! Well, at least now you have another thing to look forward to in the spring (they're much better when they're new shoots anyways). :)



Brittany - Favas are also a huge pain in the ass, ...

2008-05-21T08:11:00.000-07:00

Brittany - Favas are also a huge pain in the ass, but at least they aren't spiny!

Foodycat - That artichoke heart fritter sounds amazing. Frying is another thing I find too be too much trouble at home, but I could make an exception...

Emiline - Nettles are a funky plant. I'm sure they grow in your area, but I've never seen them in a store (what with the stinging).

Peter the Greek - I know! Fools! I just shaved off the outer layer of the stem and it was crispy sweet like the rest of the heart.

Jube - It was even better: it was urticaceous! You deserve a shout out. Holla!

Valli - I had only ever had them from a jar before this, too. The last time I cooked them fresh I just dipped the "leaves" in melted butter and scraped. Fresh hearts are the bee's knees.

Kittie - You have triumphed over the imp god of Ambitious Cooking. You are a strong woman! That little sumbitch always defeats me.

Courtney - I knew about them from my old wild plants/living off the land days (when I was a teenaged hippie), but I'd never followed through with it before. Glad I did!



Well that just sucks...a couple of months ago we h...

2008-05-21T08:10:00.000-07:00

Well that just sucks...a couple of months ago we had nettles and other wild flowers all over the place. I didn't know they were food???!!! I have so much to learn...

That risotto looks great!



Great combo. I have only started hearing of nettle...

2008-05-21T06:08:00.000-07:00

Great combo. I have only started hearing of nettles this summer. Perfect spring meal yet one that warms you up from the rain showers.



Funny - I just had a battle with myself when I nip...

2008-05-21T06:07:00.000-07:00

Funny - I just had a battle with myself when I nipped to the grocer's at lunch...

Me: Where's the asparagus?
Me-under-the-control-of-the-imp-god-of Ambitious-Cooking: Wow, oh, wow - look at these artichokes!!
Me: No, too fussy, asparagus?
Ambitious-me: But they're HUGE!
Me: Shut up. We have lots to do tonight, no time for artichokes.
Ambitious-me: But looooook (pulls sleeve) They're almost as big as my head - AND they're well priced!
Me: Shut up - remember last time? You and your crazy plans. That side dish took almost 2 hours to prepare!
Ambitious-me: Yeah, was good though...
Me: yeah... drool...
Ambitious-me: So... artichokes?
Me: No, the time, the mess, I can't take it tonight...
Ambitious-me: Oh come on... we could stuff them with all sorts of yummy stuff... we just have to nip to another couple of stores...
Me: (Grabs ambitious-me by the throat in a threatening manner...) I said NO.
Ambitious-me: (croaks) Asparagus is fine, no need to get tetchy...


Hmmm... I think I have issues...



I agree that artichokes are a little time consumin...

2008-05-21T05:26:00.000-07:00

I agree that artichokes are a little time consuming but well worth the effort. I usually by them from a can and there is no comparison in texture, so I am usually the one missing out. I love your risotto with nettle pesto. I wonder if I can find any nettles around here in our semi-desert climate..plenty of sage.



Thanks for the love... was it nettle-icious? Are ...

2008-05-21T05:17:00.000-07:00

Thanks for the love... was it nettle-icious? Are you a convert?

Also, I have to disagree about artichokes; I don't think the labor involved is a deal-breaker.