Having never prepared artichokes before, I decided this was the week to learn to do so! After trimming the artichokes, I steamed them for about 30 minutes until they were tender. Mine didn't look bright and green like the book, but I think that is because I neglected to immediately submerge it in lemon water after trimming. Oh well.
Artichokes are eaten by pulling off the outer leaves and dipping the inner tip in melted butter before pulling at the bit of flesh with your teeth.
As much as I enjoy artichoke hearts from a can, I wasn't as thrilled with fresh artichoke. It somehow reminded me of acorn squash (same texture, same taste). I do like acorn squash, but not in the shape of an artichoke.
It was fun to eat the artichoke, and we decided it was rather filling, despite the minute amounts we were getting with each bite.
This is all that was left after I finished.