Monday, June 27, 2011
Steamed Artichokes lead to burnt pan.
I had this inspiration. Inspiration to steam an artichoke. See, I have been following a blog of a gal that I met at church. She and her family have since moved to California and are serving God in a wonderful way. Her blog, diJESStibles, is a fantastic place to visit....often! Anyhoo I have been trying to get pumped to kick up the family meals a few notches during the week. I get home about 5:45pm so I want to be able to love all over my family and eat a good dinner and be able to wind down all before 9:00pm. So, I am planning on doing her Mac & Cheese but I need to hit the grocery store first. Tonight, I felt a bit inspired. See, I purchased a lovely artichoke at Trader Joes on Friday and it really needed to be cooked, so...I decided to steam it.
The instructions were simple. Cut the stem off and remove the hard outside leaves. Check. Strategically place pats of butter and garlic in the leaves. Check.
Boil water, just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and place the steamer in the pan. Check.
Allow to steam, cover and cook for 25 minutes....here's where we had a problem.
See, I followed the instructions perfectly, except for one thing. I allowed the burner to stay on medium-high (note the red circle there underneath the pan).
We made it to 12 minutes and then the steam became burnt. Seriously burnt. The fire alarm went off.
I would have taken a picture of the after mess but I was so discouraged that I just cleaned up the mess and threw away my artichoke. Then I bagged up the trash and promptly removed it from the house, opened all of the windows, sprayed Febreeze on everything and turned all four Scentsy's on!
I will try again another time.