Artichoke Soup

Jerusalem ArtichokesIt started last week when Dad asked me what root veg has a top like a sunflower – turns out, it's Jerusalem Artichoke.

Now, the only thing I know about this veg is its propensity to give one flatulence – that's the posh way of saying that it makes you fart!

Anyway, I asked my mate Bob about them on Friday and he confirmed that they have tops like a sunflower and, did I want some? I'm sure that if I'd asked about a veg that is only meant to grow on the higher peaks of The Andes, he'd have some growing in his garden! So, what to do with them? Soup seemed the obvious thing, so here goes:

Jerusalem Artichokes
Salt and pepper

1. Peel and slice the artichokes putting them into water, with a squeeze of lemon in it, as you do so.
2. Sweat an onion in a knob of butter until transparent.
3. Add the Artichoke and cover with water.
4. Simmer until cooked then liquidise. Season well with salt and pepper.

The taste is hard to describe, so I won't even try – we enjoyed it though. Whether it's worth the trouble of peeling the bloomin' things though, is another matter. I guess you could make it without.

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