In France, there’s an after-dinner tradition called the tisane. Tisane is another way of saying “tea,” and more specifically, “herbal infusion.” I’ve adopted the ritual for several reasons, beginning with the fact that it tastes good, but I also love that I can use almost any herb for the job.
I’m a copy editor, not a chef. And I’m a mediocre home cook at best. I’m trying to amass a stable of veg recipes in my family’s diet. I’ll use some of the product samples we get here at VT HQ (Vegetarian Times Headquarters) and make recipes from some of the books in our cookbook library (don’t expect the most current releases). I’ll share the non-scientific results from my four-person-family panel. If something doesn’t impress, I’ll let you know, even if my novice kitchen skills are to blame.
If they weren’t so darn tasty, artichokes almost wouldn’t be worth the trouble. Prepping, cooking, then the actual eating part—which requires working past spiny leaves and fuzzy inedible bits to get to the prized heart—demands dedication and perseverance.