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Cook and Eat a Fresh Artichoke

by Claire Winlow (follow)
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I've just returned from a lovely summer holiday in the South of France. The local farmer's market in Antibes was bursting with an array of seasonal produce. Luckily I was on a self catering break so had the chance to cook with lots of these ingredients.



Artichoke, cook, eat, prepare, seasonal


I've only ever had artichoke hearts from a deli counter and never prepared, cooked and eaten them from scratch. It was a revelation and so simple to do that I wanted to share.

Time: 45 minutes



Artichoke, cook, eat, prepare, seasonal


Artichoke, cook, eat, prepare, seasonal
fresh from the market


Materials
Artichoke
Lemon
Pan and water
Knife
Optional - sauce

Method
Boil the artichokes whole, in a pan of water with a little lemon juice.
It will take about 45 mins and the outer leaves will start to pull away easily.
Place on a plate and you can start eating straight away.
Gently pull off each leaf. Holding the tip, place in your mouth and pull the fleshy end through your teeth. There's only a little in each leaf. They taste great dipped in a little warm Parmesan butter sauce.



Artichoke, cook, eat, prepare, seasonal


Once you have devoured the outer leave, grab the top and remove.



Artichoke, cook, eat, prepare, seasonal


It's a little furry underneath, so scrape this off with a knife and you'll be left with the artichoke heart beneath.
Slice it up and eat as it is.



Artichoke, cook, eat, prepare, seasonal


Artichokes might not look the prettiest but they make a delicious starter on a summer's day.

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