The fresh artichokes at Borough Market were huge. They were just to much to resist.
This is a simple way to prepare and serve artichokes. Clean the artichoke by rinsing well, trim the pointy ends and remove the stem to the base. In a large pot of water add salt and 1 Tbs lemon juice. Boil 30-45 minutes, until the base is tender. Remove and cool upside down to drain.
To eat the artichoke, dip a leaf in the sauce, then scrape the bottom part of the leaf with your teeth. As you get closer to the center the leaves are more tender. Scrape out the thistle part and discard. The heart of the artichoke is the best part.
It sounds more complicated than it is... an artichoke is well worth the trouble.