You can substitute eight small artichokes for the baby artichokes: Prepare them as directed, removing all but the tender inner leaves and scooping out the choke. Adjust the cooking time accordingly. Fan leaves of artichoke hearts, and place one in each bowl.
After they simmer with shallots, garlic, black pepper, red-pepper flakes, fresh thyme, and parsley, baby artichokes are paired with tender, blanched fava beans. Frozen lima beans may be substituted for fava beans. If you choose to do so, start with the second step.
Pea shoots taste as vibrantly green as they look. Combine them with the season's first radishes and baby artichokes for a salad that's full of texture. Add rustic Parmesan croutons, which get a little kick from cayenne, for richness and heft.