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renniekins
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Artichokeless
Awhile back, I wrote about my favorite foods. Well really I don't have any favorite foods, but there are certain ingredients which particularly appeal to me.

Today when I met my sister for lunch, I found a dish that contained three items on my list, all in one dish! Artichokes, capers, and mushrooms. Of course I had to order it.

Imagine my disappointment, when I couldn't find any artichokes on my plate. I sat there with my fork, forlornly digging through the angel-hair pasta, flipping over the pieces of chicken to look underneath, searching for my artichokes. I closely inspected some of the mushrooms, to see if they were perhaps artichoke slivers in disguise. They weren't.

The dish was yummy anyway, and I ate quite a bit of it...but I'd really been looking forward to the artichokes. I asked the waitress for a leftover-box when she came back, and I added, "Are there supposed to be artichokes in this?"

"Yes, there are," she said as she smiled at me patronizingly. She apparently thought I had been surprised to find that my chicken was swimming in artichokes.

"But I couldn't find any!" I explained sadly. She looked suitably horrified at the omission, and she hurried away in embarrassment.

When she came back with our boxes, mine had two gloriously large slices of artichoke already sitting in it. "So you can at least have some with your leftovers," she explained.

It wasn't a perfect solution, but satisfactory. Now I have artichokes to look forward to in tomorrow's lunch. Not to mention capers, mushrooms, chicken, and pasta.
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radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: January 8th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
What are capers?

I am not even completely sure what artichokes are...
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 8th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Capers are a spice, primarily grown around the Mediterrean; artichokes are vegetables, as a child I didn't really like them that much, but as an adult when I got artichokes cooked correctly, I liked them, although I won't necessarily seek them out on the menu as my favorite food.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: January 8th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks for the explanation!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 8th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Capers are tangy little green things, smaller than peas.

m-w.com:
1 : any of a genus (Capparis of the family Capparidaceae, the caper family) of low prickly shrubs of the Mediterranean region; especially : one (C. spinosa) cultivated for its buds
2 : one of the greenish flower buds or young berries of the caper pickled and used as a seasoning or garnish

An artichoke can be large, maybe the size of a grapefruit? It has layers, and the outer layers are kind of tough, but as you get deeper it the "heart" it is tender, tangy, and delicious.

1 : a tall composite herb (Cynara scolymus) like a thistle with coarse pinnately incised leaves; also : its edible immature flower head which is cooked as a vegetable
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: January 8th, 2004 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: January 8th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good waitress! I have an appreciation for people who go out of their way to do as well as they can.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 9th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes indeedy. She got a good tip.
bighoward From: bighoward Date: January 8th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to do the same thing when I was 16, I'd go in a bar, order a beer and look at the glass closely. If there was a tiny break in the rim of the glass I'd turn the beer around, drink about 2/3 of it and then call the bartender over.
"hey there's a break in this glass ... and he'd bring me a new glass of beer. howard
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 9th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
That's our Howard, always thinking!!
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