Artichokes, Bacon, Kale, Berries, and Pork Chops. What kind of a title is that?
None of my pictures are artistic or fancy tonight. In fact, as they progress, they get worse and worse. I did it on purpose (yes, let us roll with that).
This was one of those meals that was so good I nearly cried when it was over. Sincerely, I wish I was exaggerating but my life is just that exciting.
artichokes (do I really need to say that?)
2 garlic cloves
1-2 bay leaves
1) Cut off the end of the whole plant and then go through with scissors and cut off the tips of all the leaves. They’re pointy and suck a lot so try not to get poked.
2) Fill a pot with a few inches of water and throw your garlic cloves and bay leaves in it.*
3) Place a steamer basket in the water, put your artichokes in the basket, cover, and steam for 45-60 minutes.
*I actually stuffed the cloves into the garlic this time, as shown below. I used 2 cloves per artichoke and sliced them in half. It was okay. I’ll probably just revert back to the directions above in the future.
Bacon Kale Chips
1 tsp avocado oil
Old Bay to taste
2 slices bacon
1) Preheat oven to 300F
2) De-stem your kale by simply running your fingers up the stem. 9x out of ten the leaf will come off in perfect chip-size. 1x out of 10 you’ll rip it to shreds.
3) Evenly coat your kale leaves with the avocado oil and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle Old Bay on it until you’re happy.
4) Chop up your bacon into itty bitty squares and sprinkle over your kale
5) Cook for ~30 min or until crispy
I always hated pork chops when my parents made them. (Sorry guys, I know you read this on occasion.) I don’t know what it was about them but they just always seemed so…bleh. I saw this recipe the other day and decided to pick up some pork chops at the farmer’s market.
BEST DECISION EVER.
I cannot guarantee that, that’s blackberry sauce and not fresh blood on my plate. I AM KIDDING. Calm down. It’s totally sauce.
This photo is terrible.
Every component of this meal was perfect. In fact, I want to go eat my other pork chop and artichoke right now. I’d eat my leftover kale but there is none. Maybe I’ll go make more. Nah, I won’t. I’ll settle for thinking about it all night.
I need to eat the rest of that pound of bacon by Thursday. Not that, that is a challenge. Why? OH. Because I am leaving to go hang with these clowns:
It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to know that we are all on the same maturity level.
I’ll fit right in.