Location: My Kitchen
Recently a good friend of mine cooked the most delicious artichokes. Now I have been going artichoke crazy!! Here is what I made for dinner:
* Kidney Bean and eggplant chili ratatouille with black quinoa
The Artichokes I used had there stems cut off (steams are usually the best part besides the heart!) I steamed them for 45 minutes with fresh bay leaves and peppercorns.
Meanwhile I worked on the ratatouille, I sliced up: 3 zucchini
an egg plant
a Spanish onion
5 stalks of celery
A handful of broccoli
2 bell peppers
1 spicy red chili
I threw everything into a large pot and tossed it around the heat with a little sesame oil for about 10 minutes. Then I added: diced tomatoes, tomato juice, kidney beans (yep, from a tin) 3 fresh bay leaves, a splash of soy sauce and pepper. Then I let it stew!
I rinsed about 5 tablespoons of Black Quinoa which I boiled for 20 minutes with bay leaves, garlic and a splash of soy sauce. I drained the excess water and left the Quinoa to sit on the hot top (with the heat now turned off) whiles the artichokes and ratatouille finished stewing.
My friend made an amazing Green Mango dessert but I was an Idiot and forgot to photograph the dish! Needless to say, It was delicious!
Here is what we ate!
|Artichoke with olive oil, balsamic vinegar (cracked pepper and pink sea salt)|
|Bean and eggplant chili ratatouille with black quinoa|