On Friday we had our first official (albeit small) harvest: two artichokes! Neither of us had much experience cooking or eating artichokes, but my parents happened to be in town and my mom knows how to cook everything. We prepared them by clipping the thorns off the outer petals and slicing each artichoke in half, and then steamed them for 30 minutes. When they were ready we dipped the petals and hearts in my sister’s delicious mustard vinaigrette–a blissful combination.
Two weeks ago we had another (less legitimate) harvest of swiss chard that had been planted a while ago and had gone to seed. Since it held up fairly well to the old taste-test* we decided to use it in a relatively simple and stress-free recipe: Swiss Chard Antipasto from the Moosewood Cookbook. It turned out pretty tasty and although modern culture dictates that we should have used a camera to extensively document the experience, we forgot to take pictures.
*a method that we use repeatedly, and for less than ideal purposes such as differentiating between weeds and vegetables.