These knobbly, underground ugly sisters to the blooms of the true artichoke are harvested from late autumn and have a reputation for causing gale-force wind in some individuals. But - hello, Cinderella - they're a cinch to trick up into what is arguably winter's swankiest soup - subtle, nutty and satin-smooth. Easy to veganise
Miso and wakame soup from Frank Camorra: Lift a bowl to your mouth, inhale briefly, take a sip of the deeply flavoured liquid and suddenly you feel calm and at ease. This flavoursome broth is the breakfast of choice all over Japan.