It might look quite daunting but the small amount of effort is worth it for the delicious nutty creamy flavour. The easiest method we use is to boil them in plenty of lightly salted water with a bit of lemon peel. To prepare the artichokes, trim down the stalk as much as possible and remove any tough leaves at the bottom and add to the pan of boiling water for between 15-25 minutes (depending on the size). To test whether they are cooked gentry try and pull one of the middle leaves and if it comes off easily it is done. Drain well and tip the artichokes upside down so the water runs out. We love to eat them by pulling off the leaves and dipping them in a bowl of melted butter and scooping the fleshy bit off with your teeth. Olive oil is also a very delicious alternative.