“Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little.”
– Thomas Aloysius Dorgan
For the first time ever, I learnt how to eat an entire artichoke two nights ago.
Bolly was tickled at my child-like fascination at the artichoke sitting on my plate.
Bolly was a good ‘teacher’ who guided me through the process. For those like me who may have not been exposed to the artichoke, WikiHow provides a very informative 11-step guide to eating an artichoke (who’s heard of an 11-step guide to eating a vegetable?).
WikiHow’s Steps 4 and 5 tell you to “take the outer leaves off one by one and hold like a potato chip. Coat the tip (the part that was attached to the heart of the choke) in whatever dip has been offered.” Ours was a mixture of mustard and olive oil.
I’m actually surprised at the sense of humour in WikiHow’s guide. Step 9 says “Pull off the centre leaves…They cover a finer, almost hairy growth just on top of the heart of the artichoke. Some people call this part the “choke,” which is what you will do if you eat it, as it is very prickly.”
All the effort to get to the heart of the artichoke. Nevertheless, I’d say it’s well worth it.
Just like life isn’t it? The reward is that much sweeter when we’ve put in our fair share of hard work.