Cut the stems and tops off the artichokes, and remove several outer leaves. Cut the sharp tips off the remaining leaves with scissors.
Rub a lemon on the cut parts of the artichokes. This prevents discoloring.
Bring plenty of water to a boil. Add the artichokes to the boiling water, hold them down to the bottom of the pan with a small lid, and cook for 5 minutes.
Cut the cooked artichokes into quarters.
Put the olive oil, salt and pepper, and garlic in a frying pan with the artichokes, and sauté for 10 to 15 minutes, taking care not to let them burn.
Story Behind this Recipe
I learned this recipe from my green grocer.
To finish the dish, you can add a little white wine to the pan, cover and steam-cook for about 30 minutes. If you omit the wine, the finish will be crispy. If the outside skin of the leaves are tough, just try out the bottom parts with your teeth. The hearts are tender and can be eaten.