Remove all tough leaves from 2 small purple artichokes, trim the tops. Trim and scrape the stalks, leaving 2.5cm/1in. Boil the artichokes in salted water with adrop of olive oil until tender. Keep testing the artichokes. Drain them well, cut them in half and dress with extra-virgin olive oil, alittle chopped parsley, 1 crushed clove of garlic, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Leave the artichokes to marinate in this mixture for at least 1 hour. These artichokes can be made the day before if needed.