These crostini are a long time favourite, the irresistible taste of artichoke combined with zingy lemon and chilli works very well on a bit of crunchy toast. A gentle garlic hum in the background and lots of verdant parsley add to the picture. Sometimes I put this on the table in a bowl with a pile of toasted sliced ciabatta or ficelle - alternatively I might pile up the artichoke onto the little croutes and hand them round on a plate - as ever its up to you. —Anna May
about 12 depending on the size of your toast
Put the artichokes, garlic, chilli, parsley and lemon into a jug and blitz with a hand held blender (or chop it by hand). Taste it - chillies vary in heat, so you may need to add some more and possibly a bit more lemon, it is important to have both heat and sharpness. Season. Slice and toast your chosen bread. When you are happy with the taste spread onto the little toasts or decant into a nice bowl, either way pour over a little good olive oil before serving.