Artichoke Appetizer

Hi everyone, It is time for another post. Artichoke appetizer is on today’s recipe. Super easy to prepare, this is my all time favorite appetizer. Lately we have been eating artichoke before dinner and everyone at my house loves it. It is really fun to eat while making conversation about our days. It is a bit messy but it is worth it.

Ingredients:
1 Artichoke
3 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper seeds

Directions:

1. Rinse artichoke.DSC_2623-001

2. In a large pan, add artichoke, garlic, salt and pepper. Add plenty of water to boil for 45 minutes.  DSC_2645-001

3. Boil the artichoke one side for 20 minutes. DSC_2651-001

4. Change the sides and boil for another 20 minutes. Artichoke will change color to darker olive green once it is ready.DSC_2659-001

5. Serve with mayonnaise or melted butter. To eat, pluck a petal, dip it in mayonnaise or melted butter and scrape the softer bottom half off of the leaf with your teeth. DSC_2667-001

6. Once you are done with thicker leaves, discard the soft purple petals that are inside. DSC_2669-001

7. Also discard the fibrous material inside of the petals. Remove this material using a knife or spoon. DSC_2670-001

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8. Now you can eat this part, the heart of the artichoke. DSC_2672-001

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Cucumber Salsa

If you are interested in making something fresh and easy, try cucumber salsa. I usually make this salsa whenever I make thukpa . But it goes well with tortilla chips or tostada.
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Ingredients:
2 cucumbers chopped (peeled and seeds removed)
1/2 cup red onion chopped
1/2 cup cilantro chopped
1/2 cup roma tomato chopped
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 serrano pepper chopped (or to taste)
Cayenne pepper or red chili pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Chop all the vegetables into smaller pieces and place in a large bowl.
2. Add lemon juice, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper. Mix well.
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3. Enjoy! 2014-02-028

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Not Quite Chinese Veggie Fry

I love colors in everything including in food. Here is a tasty and easy veggie fry recipe which is colorful. You can use any seasonal vegetables to make this veggie fry. It is super easy to prepare and tastes wonderful. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup broccoli (sliced)
1/2 cup carrot (sliced)
1/2 cup red bell pepper (sliced)
1/2 cup zucchini (sliced )
1/4 cup green onion (sliced)
1 cup mushroom (sliced)
1/4 cup onion (sliced)
1 tablespoon ginger (julienne)
1 tablespoon garlic (julienne)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
black-pepper to taste

Directions:
1. In a large pan, heat 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (or olive oil).
2. Once the oil is hot, add all the vegetables and fry until soft on medium heat.
3. Add soy sauce, lemon juice and black-pepper. Mix well and cook for few more minutes or cook to taste.DSC_2505-0014. Enjoy with jasmine rice! DSC_2506-001

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