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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Jul 09, 2009 21:11

Oh! I just stumbled on this artichoke recipe while I was recipe hunting last weekend. I've never done anything with millet. Is it good? Also, I can't decide if this recipe is complicated or not, and I have an irrational fear of the spiny things in artichokes.

Millet Stuffed Artichokes

/4 cup (50 g) uncooked millet
1 cup (250 ml) hot vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 large artichokes
1 tablespoon (12 g) kalamata olives pitted and chopped
1 tablespoon (2 g) fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
1 cup (250 ml) vegetable broth
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 garlic clove, crushed
2 bay leaves

Toast the millet in a small saucepan. When the first grain pops, carefully add the hot vegetable broth. Stir in the salt and oregano, turn down heat to very low, and cover tightly. Cook until all water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

While the millet is cooking, prepare the artichokes. Cut off the top 1/2 to 1-inch with a sharp knife. Cut off enough of the stem so that the artichoke will sit upright. (The stem is edible; peel it and cook it along with the artichokes for an added bonus.) Remove any damaged leaves at the bottom, and cut off the sharp tops of each leaf with kitchen shears.

Use your thumbs to open up the artichoke so that you can see the purple-topped leaves.

Pull out the purple leaves (careful, they're sharp!) Use a serrated spoon to scrape the fuzzy choke off of the artichoke heart. After you've scraped out as much as you can, rinse the artichoke well and either rub it with lemon juice or dip it in a combination of lemon and water to keep the cut edges from becoming brown.

Once the millet is cooked, mix it with the kalamata olives, parsley, pepper, and chopped garlic. Stuff into the cavity of each artichoke.

Place the artichokes upright in a pressure cooker or heavy saucepan (try to find one that they can fit into snugly, so that they're less likely to fall over during cooking). Place a lemon slice over the stuffing in each artichoke. Pour the broth carefully into the pan (try not to splash the stuffing) and carefully add enough water to reach about 1 1/2-inches up the artichokes. Add the remaining lemon slices, the crushed garlic, and the bay leaves to the water.

If you're pressure cooking, seal the cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook for 15 minutes for larger artichokes, 10-12 minutes for smaller. Remove from heat and release pressure using a quick-release method.

If you're not using a pressure cooker, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.

For both methods: Test the doneness by pulling at one inside leaf; if it comes out easily, the artichokes are done. If not, return to heat, cover, and cook for a few more minutes.

Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the artichokes. Serve hot or at room temperature, with lemon slices.

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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by cuppie » Thu Oct 22, 2009 13:56

Can someone explain to me why you can't wash a damn mushroom anymore without someone telling you that you should absolutely never wash a mushroom? This is insanity, right? They're dirty so I wash them. And I've always washed mushrooms. I like washing mushrooms! I like the way they swirl around a colander, like little bald heads. But it's not trendy to wash mushrooms anymore, and can someone tell me why? Apparently you're supposed to wipe them with a damp paper towel, but how unsatisfying it is.

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Post by Uncle Ants » Thu Oct 22, 2009 14:12

cuppie wrote:Can someone explain to me why you can't wash a damn mushroom anymore without someone telling you that you should absolutely never wash a mushroom? This is insanity, right? They're dirty so I wash them. And I've always washed mushrooms. I like washing mushrooms! I like the way they swirl around a colander, like little bald heads. But it's not trendy to wash mushrooms anymore, and can someone tell me why? Apparently you're supposed to wipe them with a damp paper towel, but how unsatisfying it is.
I think it's becaause they think mushrooms soak up the water ... it's bollocks though if you ask me, given they are mostly water anyway and it'll cook off.
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Post by humblebee » Thu Oct 22, 2009 14:16

They go all slimy.

There's nothing worse than a wet mushroom.

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Post by Uncle Ants » Thu Oct 22, 2009 14:18

humblebee wrote:They go all slimy.

There's nothing worse than a wet mushroom.
Only if you are going to eat the raw surely.
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Post by humblebee » Thu Oct 22, 2009 14:33

Uncle Ants wrote:Only if you are going to eat the raw surely.
You still have to touch them.

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Post by Uncle Ants » Thu Oct 22, 2009 14:35

humblebee wrote:
Uncle Ants wrote:Only if you are going to eat the raw surely.
You still have to touch them.
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Oct 22, 2009 20:39

yea, apparently the DO soak up water, which I can kinda understand.

I don't do anything to em at all nowdays, they're all grown in labs anyway.
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Post by stolenwine » Thu Oct 22, 2009 21:29

i wash mushrooms too and they've been fine. i tried the paper towel thing but it's SO time consuming and i prefer laziness.
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Post by Damian » Thu Oct 22, 2009 21:58

cuppie wrote:Can someone explain to me why you can't wash a damn mushroom anymore without someone telling you that you should absolutely never wash a mushroom? This is insanity, right? They're dirty so I wash them. And I've always washed mushrooms. I like washing mushrooms! I like the way they swirl around a colander, like little bald heads. But it's not trendy to wash mushrooms anymore, and can someone tell me why? Apparently you're supposed to wipe them with a damp paper towel, but how unsatisfying it is.
This from Snopes : -

http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=38792

Seems it's people being a bit silly. I wouldn't know, I've never cooked or washed a mushroom. I hate them.

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Post by stolenwine » Thu Oct 22, 2009 22:02

hate them? damian! you're a monster! you really can't beat mushrooms fried in garlic and butter with a bit of parsley on 'em.
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Post by soft revolution » Thu Oct 22, 2009 22:23

I once knew someone who peeled mushrooms! You can sort of grab the edge around the rim and pull strips off to the top, they have a skin like an orange.
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Post by stolenwine » Thu Oct 22, 2009 22:27

holy moly. and i thought i was a weirdo.
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Post by Uncle Ants » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:05

stolenwine wrote:holy moly. and i thought i was a weirdo.
The big flat mushrooms I peel, you can't peel button mushrooms. When I was very little I imagined mushroom skin was what pixies made their boots from.
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Post by Sootyzilla » Fri Oct 23, 2009 21:57

I once went out with someone who bought TINNED MUSHROOMS. :eek:
As wrong as it was to do,
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Post by this clump of trees » Fri Oct 23, 2009 22:31

When we look at a thing, we must examine its essence and treat its appearance merely as an usher at the threshold, and once we cross the threshold, we must grasp the essence of the thing

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Post by Uncle Ants » Fri Oct 23, 2009 22:50

Are we still talking about mushrooms here?
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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by cuppie » Mon Oct 26, 2009 16:12

roundbitsofplastic wrote: I don't do anything to em at all nowdays, they're all grown in labs anyway.
No, it's not true. In some parts of the world, mushrooms are taken very seriously, and picking wild mushrooms in the forest is something people actually do for fun, like table tennis.

Tinned mushrooms? Vom.

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Post by Big Nose » Mon Oct 26, 2009 16:25

I went to a beer festival with an eccentric man once, who insisted on peeling button mushrooms for our morning fry-up. It took him bleeding ages, but he utterly refused to eat unpeeled button mushrooms and waffled about how dirty they were. I became bored and hit the beer tent, thus missing breakfast.
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Re: Kitchen Q&A (or, Ask Anorak about cooking and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Mon Oct 26, 2009 19:52

cuppie wrote:
roundbitsofplastic wrote: I don't do anything to em at all nowdays, they're all grown in labs anyway.
No, it's not true. In some parts of the world, mushrooms are taken very seriously, and picking wild mushrooms in the forest is something people actually do for fun, like table tennis.
I know that much, and I applaud anyone who makes the effort/has the nerve to pick their own. However, in the UK you'd be a FOOL to pay for "wild*" mushrooms, so all the ones we eat are grown in labs. I've seen the photos so it must apply to every mushroom EVER.

*I can't remember why, but I'm sure I learned that they are in fact generally not wild when you buy em in the UK. It used to be my job to know this sort of thing.
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