To prepare the artichokes
First prepare the artichokes for braising into lemon water (latex gloves advisable!): Working quickly, and using your hands, strip the tough outer petals off the artichokes – take off a couple of layers until you get to the more tender and tightly formed petals.
Next, with a speed veg peeler, peel the stems gently a couple of times around, being careful not to snap them.
Once the outer layers have been cleaned, remove the choke – with a sharp knife cut about an inch down from the spikey top.
Then, using a teaspoon, scoop out and around the fuzzy choke cleaning all the unpleasant choke out.
Once finished, place the cleaned artichoke into the acidulated water to prevent oxidisation as you repeat with the remaining artichokes.
To cook the artichokes
Combine the liquids in a large pan with the drained artichokes and aromatas – bring up to the boil slowly. Once the first bubbles of rolling boil start, drop the temperature to a barely moving simmer and let the artichokes sit with little pan movement for around 45 minutes to an hour. Test when the artichokes are done by piercing a toothpick through the thickest part of the stem with a little resistance. Remove from heat and allow to cool in the liquid – the residual heat will finish the last little cooking.
To prepare the artichokes for frying, remove each one from the liquid and slice lengthways with a sharp knife and then again slicing the halves into eighths before tossing in lightly seasoned flour, shaking off any excess flour.
Fill a medium sized pan with vegetable oil and heat the oil to around 180°C/250°F.
Fry for approximately 3 minutes or until golden looking and crispy.