Give the artichokes (1 per person) a good wash and leave them upside down to drain off
Cut off the stem about an inch away from the bottom of the globe artichoke
Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and gently simmer the artichokes for around 15 or 20 minutes until the bottom leaves are easy to pull off, with soft flesh at the base of each spikey leaf (leave the lid off while boiling – otherwise they can go a slightly odd yellow colour!)
While they are simmering, make your dressing by whisking (or stirring) all your ingredients together in a large bowl – taste the dressing and add whatever you think it might need – maybe a squeeze of lemon. You could also add herbs the the dressing
When your artichokes are ready – put each one on a large plate so you can pull the leaves off, dip the fleshy base of the leaf in your dressing and enjoy!
(It is easy to see which bits, but you can’t eat all of the leaves, just the soft bits at the bottom)
Once all the leaves are eaten, cut away the spikey and tough fibres inside to reveal the (revered?!) artichoke heart, which is delicious with a squeeze of lemon
This is a great starter; we ate it with flatbread, some BBQ’d red onions and a salad