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1kg  artichokes

A small garlic clove

A chicken soup cube

The juice of half a lemon

A teaspoon of chopped parsley

A small cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Clean the outer leaves and spikes of the artichokes.

Cut into small wedges and place in a bowl of water with the lemon juice (this stops the artichokes from turning brown).

Heat up the olive oil in a large non stick frying pan and add the garlic clove.

After 3-4 minutes take out the garlic clove ( take out the garlic clove at this point ,the garlic adds to the flavour but does not over power it )

Add the artichoke wedges , the parsley and the chicken stock cube with a little water.

Allow to cook gently on a moderate heat for 20-25 minutes.

Add a little hot water if the artichokes get too dry.

You can serve this as a side dish to your main course but is a delicious sauce for a risotto or any pasta.

 If you use it as a sauce add a little grated parmesan cheese and a good pat of butter.

See if your supermarket has frozen hearts of artichokes