The Artichoke Blogger Returns
“Don’t Call It a Comeback”
So many of you wanted to know where I’ve been for the past 5 months and I haven’t even had the chance to give you a reply. But finally I have seen the light and there are artichokes on the horizon.
The reason for my absence was caused by upheaval. The Artichoke Blog was created in Italy in surroundings that were geared towards fresh produce. It was natural to be cooking it, photographing it, traveling for it and of course eating it.
The upheaval was moving back to Australia almost 1 year ago after 5 years living in Italy. I quickly became consumed by a Sydney waterfront cafe project. I still am consumed by it but Blackwattle Cafe is now off the ground and strengthening its wings. It is clearly time to rediscover that strange love for spending hours at the computer. To continue revealing the extent of a deranged love for artichokes and the way Italians cook them.
A few days ago I saw some artichokes in an outdoor grocery display. From across the road I could tell they were fresh, firm and delicious. I approached with caution fearing the price label would be a cruel blow. It was, but I did it, and forked out the extra dollars for the extra privilege. I cooked them the next day for the staff at the cafe, I didn’t photograph it or write about it. I just got the taste. Never let you down YUMMY.
As if opening a new cafe is not time consuming enough. I also just got married to the love of my life, Alice, the same lady I married 4 years ago in Florence. She was right by my side as we traveled Italy chasing artichokes. We wanted to have a party to feed friends and family and celebrate our love. Alice’s favourite flowers are Sunflowers so as a going away momento for our guests, we gift packaged some artichoke and sunflower seeds. Then, on our little honeymoon away on the southern tip of Tasmania I saw a sign.
Wild artichokes !
The return of The Artichoke Blog is going to be fueled by artichokes grown on this ‘great land’ of Australia. Where terrain, climate and ‘hard yakka’ work together at producing some very nice specimens that will end up on these posts. I plan more trips to Italy, I still have an armoury of Italian recipe ammunition that I’ve gathered to unleash on this blog. This is all for the original mission to produce a long awaited published print edition documenting and celebrating artichokes in Italy.
Most readers of this blog are in the northern hemisphere where artichokes will disappear until the colder months return, so I hope to now be able to write for the folk of the southern hemisphere where artichokes are budding and being prepared in our kitchens for the next four months.