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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

Pan and water
Optional - sauce

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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