sauteed artichokes & peas with fennel seeds

okay, serious case of acute sex and the city longing around here..! today we discussed the sweetest of all sinful and (admittedly often pointless) entertainment: watching series. apparently, there are a few ‘must see’ (or so people say…) series on the screen. to name a few: true blood, homeland, breaking bad, mad men, girls… to only name a few (note: i’m fully aware you probably know better than me what’s up). yup, i never watched any of these, ever. so why do i know they’re not for me? duh, they just don’t tickle my… mojo? somewhere. so i just know it without ever having to watch a trailer, let alone season one, episode one. so instead, i’m missing carrie, charlotte, miranda and samantha, their tacky, fun, incomparable adventures, their style and of course their sense of humor. it’s tough to live without them. sometimes i don’t know how we all cope without our daily dose of new york city madness… and i’ve thought about founding a ‘like if you want satc back’ facebook page – but then i stopped, because… okay so sjp is probably a little over it. so i mourn, and i guess i could just leave it at that and never watch any other series instead, in fear of being disappointed. but then again, life is change, right? or at least, there’s always the hope that some producer gods come up with a new, fabulous and shiny girls-suitable and fabulous series, that is there to comfort us, cheer us up, give us company and make us laugh, to support us and give us something to look forward to (haha, yeah, not too much to ask, right?). you’d really make a lot of us happy, you know, lord of the series? 
on another, more positive, grown-up and in-the-now note, the best things in spring are definitely the first, fresh, sweet little peas. they’re like a gift from heaven. i love to pod them freshly before cooking. and i love that they’re usually bigger and more firm than the ones you can buy frozen. what i find so funny is that many people don’t know what real peas look like. guys, honestly…! that’s what peas look like when they don’t come in a plastic bag out of the freezer. you have me in stitches, really.
on yet another note, my ‘eat healthy food’ plan is going so-so… partially great, even, as i made myself a really fresh and healthy dinner of blanched vegs with a black olives pesto and a bowl full of blueberries. and then i ate half a chocolate bar (i’m smearing the chocolate all over the mouse pad as i type…). not that i find the main course part hard, it’s not really a big change to what i usually cook. band there is nothing to say about a little sin, either. i just realized it will be so hard to eat less sugar… and milk! gee, i sure love me my yoghurt in the morning. i totally accept almond milk or soy milk in porridge… but yoghurt? has got to be real milk, is what i say… ugh… life’s challenges. all induced by myself, no less, so i can’t even be mad on anyone! how do i channel my inner vegan, then? any ideas?
sauteed artichokes and peas

6 purple baby artichokes
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. fennel seeds
4 tbsp. noilly prat
1 cup good vegetable broth
1 tsp. maldon sea salt
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 cup parsley, finely chopped
remove the outer leaves of the artichokes, half them and remove the inner ‘hay’ with a knife. place in cold water with the lemon juice in it, to prevent from turning brown. heat the olive oil in a skillet or wok. pat dry the artichokes and fry them until golden-brown for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. add the noilly prat, garlic, zest and fennel seeds and wait until the liquid is reduced. then add the vegetable broth and peas and sautee for 2 minutes, until the peas are tender but with a bite. throw in the tomatoes, heat through and season with salt. sprinkle with the parsley and serve warm or cold
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