Am I not pretty enough?

Last week for Weekend Herb Blogging, I wrote about the lovely Jerusalem artichoke. For this week, I turn to feature the more familiar globe artichoke.

Globe Artichoke

Now, a closer look. Pretty, isn´t it?

Globe Artichoke

My first encounter with globe artichokes is not in fresh form but in a quite popular herbal tea in Vietnam. Artichoke tea is quite lovely with a light sweet note and said to have cooling properties (You can find it in Asian stores, I think). However, I just started cooking with fresh artichokes recently when coming to Australia, and I really love it.

Today, I am gonna use these pretty buds in a paella dish. I know the rice may look messy, but it is one of the tastiest dishes I have ever cooked. Here, home-made chicken stock is a must to ensure the rich flavours. You also need to get Spanish paella rice, too. This rice is quite different from risotto rice and when you cook it, please do not stir! Just let it simmer and sit for the best creamy result.

Paella with Chicken and Artichokes

Serve with some lemon juice and perhaps a green salad, it is a perfect meal for anytime…

Paella with Chicken and Artichokes

Adapted from this book

Ingredients (serve 4 as main course and 6 as a starter)

6 tbsp olive oil

350g skinless chicken (I use thigh meat)

2 large Spanish onions, finely chopped

3 large globe artichokes

6 garlic cloves

250g paella rice

150g dry sherry

800ml hot homemade chicken stock

1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley

4 grates of nutmeg

Lemon wedges, to serve

Sea salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan and add 2 tbsp olive oil. When hot, stir-fry chicken for 2 mins or until the chicken is still a bit rate in the middle. Remove the chicken and put aside. Add the rest of the oil and add the onion. Cook over medium heat for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the artichoke. Cut the stalks off 5cm from the base. Carefully peel of the green tough layer and what is yellow is tender. Cut the tips off these and peel the base. Scrape out any furry choke with a teaspoon and cut each prepared artichokes lengthways then cut in to 8 wedges. (You can view the picture guide here, just do not boil the artichoke). Keep the artichoke in some water with lemon juice to prevent discoloring.
  3. Add artichokes to the softening onion along with garlic and cook for another 10 mins or until the onions and garlic start to caramelize. Stir in the rice and coat with oil and veg for 1 min.
  4. Turn heat to high, add the wine. Cook off some alcohol then add the hot stock. Bring to gentle boil. Season well and add half of the chopped parsley and the nutmeg. Simmer for 10 mins or until there is still enough stock to cover the rice. Spread the chicken evenly over the rice and push each piece under the juice. Gently shake the pan to prevent sticking. Turn heat to medium low. Cook for 5 mins or until there is just a little liquid left at the bottom of the rice.
  5. Turn off the heat and cover tightly with foil. Let the rice sit for 5 mins before serving. Serve with fresh parsley and lemon wedges immediately.
Paella with Chicken and Artichokes

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48 Responses to Am I not pretty enough?

  1. Angie says:

    A creamy lovely dish! Very delicious indeed :)

  2. Susan says:

    Yes, she is as pretty as a Victorian cabbage rose. I’ve always loved artichokes even though they’re tedious to freshly prepare. This is an excellent recipe to highlight their “good side.”

  3. Lydia says:

    Beautiful photos of the artichoke! I love paella in all forms, and will definitely be trying this recipe.

  4. Anh says:

    Angie, yes it does! I am in love with artichokes and paella now!

  5. Coffee & Vanilla says:

    Anh, beautiful dish and pictures! I always wanted to make some kinds of Paella but I did not get a chance yet.

  6. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm looks delicious. I love risotto. And I had no idea that there was artichoke tea! I want to try that now.

  7. Mandy says:

    I have never come across artichoke tea. It certainly sounds interesting. Now, will you come over and cook this paella dish for me? ;D

  8. Callipygia says:

    What a luxurious preparation of the choke. And yes she is gloriously beautiful! I like the idea of it in a tea too…

  9. Kalyn says:

    I think artichokes are quite beautiful. I’ve always loved them since I was a small child! Lovely dish and great photos as always.

  10. katiez says:

    We used to get smaller, more pointed artichokes when we lived in Andorra that were great in paella. I’ve never seen a ‘white’ paella before but it really looks (and sounds)fantastic!

  11. Anh says:

    Margot, it’s time for you to try. They are incredibly easy to make.

  12. Cynthia says:

    I’ve had fresh artichokes before and really like them, unfortunately the only kind we get here is the one pickled/brined. I can just imagine how lovely they are in your paella

  13. Mallow says:

    I wish I was having that for dinner tonight!

  14. Elle says:

    We were jsut discussing paella this morning. This one looks delicious, especially with fresh artichoke.

  15. East Meets West Kitchen says:

    I love artichokes! Unfortunately, I’m the only one in the family with that vote.

  16. Wandering Chopsticks says:

    Oooh, I’ve never seen a paella like this before. Looks lovely. I wonder if you could do an artichoke risotto? I’ve never made paella before you see.

  17. Wendy says:

    Gorgeous pictures.

  18. Anh says:

    Cynthia, back in Vietnam we just start to have fresh artichoke a few years back. I hope you can get access to them one day.

  19. karlsfoodie says:

    I love artichoke.. esp in pasta n on my pizza…

  20. Orchidea says:

    You paella looks very good!!! I love artichokes… Nice photos!

  21. Hungry Hamster says:

    Your pictures are just beautiful! Hope you don’t mind me putting a link to your site!

  22. maybahay says:

    wonderful dish. i love artichokes but have not actually prepared them myself.hmm, about time i tried. thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Anh says:

    Jo, poor thing… Can you find the frozen ones at all? I hope you can!

  24. neil says:

    I love artichokes and their arrival means that spring is here, though I need to conquer my fear of how to prepare them. The best way I can think of to do that is to make this, it sounds like a wonderful combination, and I pretty much have all the ingredients to hand…

  25. veron says:

    Amazing photo! It captures the creaminess of the dish perfectly. Now my stomach is grumbling with hunger just looking at this!

  26. Precious Moments says:

    This sounds really delicious. Save some for me okie dokie.

  27. Meghan says:

    great photos!! this sounds delicious!

  28. Maryann says:

    This sounds like a tasty dish I will have to try. Love the photos :)

  29. Sig says:

    It sure is one pretty vegetable… I love it, but never really prepare at home though:) That paella sure sounds tasty Anh… You might have just inspired me to buy one… :)

  30. Anh says:

    Neil, I know how it feels to throw so much away when preparing artichokes! You have described all so well in your posts. If you have a chance to try this recipe, I hope you will like it.

  31. Figs Olives Wine says:

    Anh I have never had artichokes in paella! What a great idea – especially with the sherry and nutmeg. I may have to borrow this for a dinner party, so thank you!!

  32. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    I really love artichokes. They are gorgeous and because of thei exterior, I think people are afraid to ruin her intricate beauty!

  33. tigerfish says:

    I never got my hands on artichokes though I’ve always seen them around. Hmmm….maybe I should really give it a try in my own cooking.

  34. winedeb says:

    The artichoke is a beautiful piece of work by mother nature. But…I seem to shy away from them. Your dish may persuade me to give them a go.

  35. Andaliman says:

    It’s pretty indeed..

  36. Nora B. says:

    Very pretty! I never knew that there is a tea version. And your paella looks so delicious. I am still stuck on risotto. With summer round the corner, I should move on to paella :-)

  37. joey says:

    Pretty! Fresh artichokes here are few and far between, and really expensive as we can only get them imported…but that paella dish definitely seems worth it! Sounds delicious!

  38. Anh says:

    Figs Olives Wine, this recipe is simple and effective. I simply love it!

  39. Belinda says:

    What absolutely gorgeous photos, Anh…your photography makes the artichoke rival any flower in the beauty stakes. :-) And this recipe sounds like the perfect choice for using artichokes. I never really know what to do with them, so I usually avoid them, but this sounds very nice. :-)

  40. sher says:

    You found the best looking artichokes! They are so pretty–and I wish I could have tasted the paella. That’s one of my favorite things to eat. Our minds were in sync for WHB, don’t you think? :):)

  41. Sharmi says:

    she sure looks pretty and your plate too. I have never tried them, but have heard of its great nutritive value.

  42. The Cooking Ninja says:

    That’s a beautiful artichoke. I have never tried cooking it before … now reading yours, it look so delicious. Think I’m going to try it out this weekend.

  43. dayna says:

    This looks beautiful. I think you’ve really done this artichoke justice.

  44. bri says:

    Anh – Your artichoke paella looks delish. I bet it could easily be adapted to be vegetarian. I’ll have to keep my eye out for artichoke tea, since that sounds wonderful. I would be interested to know more about you, so if you are interested, you’re it:http://anhsfoodblog.blogspot.com/

  45. Aimée says:

    YUM! With the cooler weather here in Montreal, I’ll be cooking plenty of risotto and paella. This recipe looks fab.

  46. Nan says:

    I had my very first fresh artichoke the other week and it was AMAZING!!! This is a really nice idea for a meal. Paella is always a winner in my book.

  47. Julie says:

    Gorgeous pictures! And I know it must be delicious because anything with artichoke is delicious.

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