I’ve finally combined two of my favorite things. And yes, you can keep reading this post…I’m not going all X-rated in the first sentence. I’ve put together my love of artichokes and roasting veggies – roasted artichokes (okay, that was more than slightly obvious). Of course, to get the “cute” factor, there’s nothing like throwing in a cute puppy or a baby….so roasted baby artichokes it is. By the way, isn’t that baby artichoke picture cute? I contemplated putting a little diaper on it for the photo, but even I thought that might be too much.
Previously, on My Man’s Belly, I’ve made an artichoke strudel, grilled artichokes with a smoky dipping sauce and a creamy artichoke dip that’s actually healthy (the whole thing, not just the artichoke part). But none of these recipes really put the artichoke as the center of attention. Being the headlining ingredient doesn’t necessarily make it the focus flavor of the dish. So this time I’m just roasting artichokes and drizzling them with a light dressing that will better show off their sweet and earthy flavor. And because the dressing is so light, it doesn’t affect their texture either. And since I’ve roasted all those other veggies, I thought it only fitting that I should make up some roasted artichokes too.
I believe that artichokes are the narcissists of the vegetable world. Stay with me for a moment on this. They know that their hearts are a delicacy (hence, the many inedible layers and spines). Their outsides are a beautiful Escher-esque labyrinth of green and, sometimes, purple leaves giving them a feeling of superiority, in vegetable displays, over the other “simple” vegetables like cucumbers and carrots. They make an excellent first impression with others by combining with briny, creamy or tangy flavors but are always coming out on top by having the dish named after them (the artichoke) and everything else is just a description of the artichokes divinity.
So make up those roasted artichokes and show them whose boss by making a lasting relationship with narcissistic vegetable that can only be tamed by you.
So you think you might be dating a narcissist? Don’t we all, at some point? Don’t get me wrong…there is such a thing as a healthy amount of narcissism. Healthy narcissism allows you to feel good about receiving a compliment or praise and is a driving force prompting you to do better and to excel. That’s the good kind.
Now about that other kind. I know it seems like the self-centered jerk has no idea he’s like that, nor does he seem to care that anyone views him this way. (For the record, narcissists are both he’s and she’s, there is no gender barrier. I’m just using the “he” here to keep this from getting confusing.) But some new research findings by Erika Carlson are coming out soon that show that not only is he aware of his narcissism, but he embraces it.
The research found that narcissists think that their sh*t doesn’t stink. They also tended to rate themselves as smarter, more beautiful, more likeable and funnier than other people. They do recognize themselves as being power-oriented, impulsive, arrogant and prone to exaggerate their own abilities. (Which is what others said these people were like.) So yep, they sure do know that they’re jerks narcissists (and they seem to really like that about themselves).
I’m sure you’re wondering: if these people know how badly others perceive them, why do they continue to act like that? (If you’re in a relationship with someone like this, it’s probably a question you ask yourself all the time. Well, that and “why am I still with this person?”.) There’s no concrete evidence, but it could be a couple of different reasons. 1 – They think that others just aren’t at the level where they are capable of seeing how great they really are. OR 2 – Everyone else is just jealous of their awesomeness.
Narcissists believe they are awesome and deserving of accolades and everything positive that comes their way. They feel entitled.
If you’re trying to figure out if the person you are involved with, or thinking about becoming involved with falls into this category, here’s some things to look out for:
- They don’t really care if you like them or not, they care about being admired.
- They make an excellent first impression, but relationships really aren’t their thing.
- They aren’t really self aware, everything is for show.
- If it doesn’t benefit them (by allowing them to reach their goal), they won’t be interested.
- They exploit others weaknesses
If you think this person is a challenge that you want to take on and change, think again. This is not going to end well for you.
Recipe: Roasted Baby Artichokes
- 8-12 Baby Artichokes
- 2 Cloves of Garlic (peeled)
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
Lemon Garlic Dressing
- 2 Cloves Roasted Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Grated Parmesan Cheese (plus more for sprinkling)
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Juice from 1/2 Lemon
- Celtic Grey Sea Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 Degrees Farenheit.
- Remove some of the thick, lower leaves from the artichokes and trim stems.
- Cut artichokes in half, lengthwise. If there is any fuzz (the choke) inside the artichoke, remove it with a small pairing knife. (The baby artichokes don’t usually have any of the fuzzy stuff inside.)
- Lay artichokes and garlic on a half sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Make sure to rub the olive oil over everything so that it’s got a nice coating on all sides.
- Roast for 10 minutes then turn artichokes over. Put back into oven for another 10 minutes. Artichokes are done when the stems (or base, if there are no stems) pierces easily with a knife.
- Remove from oven.
- While artichokes are roasting, make the dressing.
- Add all of the dressing ingredients into a mortar and pestle (or you can do this in a cup with a wooden spoon). Add the garlic when the artichokes are done.
- Grind all of the ingredients together until the consistency is creamy. (It will be thin, but still creamy.)
- Pile the artichokes onto a serving plate and spoon some of the dressing over the top.
- Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese (if you like) and add a few grinds of black pepper and a sprinkle of the grey salt.
- Serve with the dressing so that everyone can add more if they like.
If you are cleaning the artichokes ahead of time, fill a large bowl with water and the juice of 1/2 of a lemon. As you cut up the artichokes, place them into the water. This will keep the cut sides from turning black.
Cooking time (duration): 20 Minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet (other): Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 2-4
Meal type: dinner
Culinary tradition: USA (General)